I’ve been thinking a lot about mindful listening and the role of music in creating awe-inspiring moments. Do you listen to music regularly? Chances are you’re probably nodding your head right now. Sound (music) is a wonderful tool that can be utilized to help achieve mindfulness.
Mindfulness is a gift we can give to ourselves in this busy world, to help ourselves slow down and really be present in each moment. Music can be a powerful way to experience an awe moment.
Even if we listen to music all the time, do we really hear it and experience it on a deeper level? Noticing all its complexities, layers, and subtleties? Capturing how we feel with each note, lyric, etc.
For this week’s AWEgust Challenge prompt, I invite you to focus on mindful listening.
1. Choose one piece of music. I suggest starting with instrumental pieces, since words add a whole other layer.
2. Put on headphones and really listen. See if you can listen from inside yourself. Notice your breath. Notice your feet and your head and how your body responds to the music. Notice if you want to move or be still. And most of all, notice the music.
3. Close your eyes to go deeper. See if closing your eyes makes a difference. It may help you go a little deeper into the experience. *Not when driving or operating heavy machinery please!
4. Keep noticing. Notice any thoughts or feelings that come up. Notice the melodic line in the music, or the sound of each instrument, or the speed of the piece. Be in the present moment with the music.
This 3 or 4 minute experience can be a great thing to do daily. You might find you need different music each day, or that repeating the same piece is a sort of touchstone to a quiet, calm place inside yourself.
Happy Mindful Listening!
Ashley Tracey, MS RYT