One of the hallmarks of meditating is focusing fully. Sometimes you will focus on clearing your mind of all thoughts. Other times you may focus on your own breathing, on a single concentrated thought, on an object, or even on a sound. Whether you are focusing on a single sound, something else, or nothing at all, you will find that having a good meditation audio recording can help you achieve a greater benefit out of your meditation sessions. When you have the right ambient sounds playing in the background, you will find that you can meditate deeper and more fully. However, first you have to find the right meditation audio recording for you. Here are some tips:
- Soothing Sounds. Everyone finds different sounds to be soothing. For some people, the sound of birds chirping in a forest is incredibly soothing, but for others, this sound is highly irritating. This may be the same for certain musical sounds, and more. You will likely need to hear several different samples of meditation audio recordings in order to find the right one for you. Really sit and listen to the sample sounds, close your eyes, and pay attention to how you react to it. Ideally, you will be able to take deep breaths, feel your heart rate slow down, and feel yourself relaxing.
- Nature Sounds. Nature sounds are one option that you can choose from. Many people love the sounds like evening sounds in the woods with the hooting of owls and chirping of crickets. Others love the sounds of water lapping up against a boat or waves gently crashing on the shore. Still more will find relaxation by listening to a gentle rain shower or a waterfall splashing down into a river. Often these sounds will conjure up memories, and you will want to make sure that you can relax and enjoy the sounds without getting lost in memories. Much of meditation has to do with controlling thoughts rather than reminiscing.
- Instrumentals. You can also find meditation audio recordings that have instrumentals. Some of these may be purely instrumental performances and may feature just one or two instruments playing soft melodies. Others may include a full band or orchestra performing. You can also find some great hybrid-type recordings, which blend soft sounds of nature with instruments for a relaxing and unique effect.
The most important thing to keep in mind when selecting a meditation audio recording is that it should be relaxing. Some audio recordings may start out soft and slow, but they may gain in momentum before returning to relaxing sounds again. These are not generally the types of sounds that are ideal for meditating. You can often find a great audio recording in a music store, and many stores allow you to listen to a sample before you purchase a full CD. You can also download these sounds over the Internet, and most websites will allow you to listen to a sample, too. You should make use of the ability to listen to a sample to make sure you get the right sounds for you.