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While this is not an exclusive list of all the benefits, here is a list of some of the benefits for sound healing/ sound therapy.
- Mental benefits include: More motivated Better organization skills Increased span Less likely to become irritable
- Emotional benefits include: Less anxiety Increased sense of relaxation Improvement in overall “mood” Improved patience Increased ability to communicate and interact with others Better to express emotions
- Physical well-being: Higher levels of energy Increased sense of balance Fewer headaches Relief from chronic tiredness Decreased feelings of shortness of breath or tightness in the chest
Meditation and Sound Healing/ Sound Therapy are both listed in three of the five main categories as defined by The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM).
- Mind-body medicine which includes meditation, art and music therapy. Gong immersion, sound massage, toning, chanting are included in this category.
- Whole medical systems which include traditional Chinese medicine, ayurveda, homeopathy and naturopathy.
- Manipulative and body-based practices: Examples include chiropractic and osteopathy. Use of weighted human organ and tissue tuning forks used in vibrational medicine are included in this category.
- Energy medicine which includes reiki, qi gong, magnet therapy, manipulation of electromagnetic fields. All forms of sound therapy and vibrational acupressure are included in this category.
Currently, the most common forms of complementary and alternative medicine being used in the US are yoga, meditation, acupuncture and massage therapy. Sound Therapy is intended as a preventative or complementary therapy and is not intended as an alternative (exclusive) treatment for serious chronic disease states or acute and emergent illnesses.
What you are describing is perfectly normal when starting to meditate. While you are meditating, you want notice the “monkey chatter” in your mind. Becoming aware of your thoughts is the first step to beginning your meditation practice. When starting a meditation and notice your thoughts wandering, bring your focus back to your breathing and keep your mind on inhaling and exhaling slower and deeper. Remember, this is a process so you want to start with a few minutes each day and gradually increase the time till you get better at bringing your minds focus back to your breath.
Normally, I suggest the beginning of the day as it can carry your inner peace and calm with you throughout the day. However, meditation can be done at anytime. Another time may work out better for you depending on your lifestyle and your daily schedule. The important thing to remember is to do it at a time when you will most likely not be disturbed by other people, phones or other distractions.
Starting a meditation practice takes time and practice as with any other activity. My suggestion is to start out with a 2-3 minute meditation each day for 5 days until you can bring your mental focus to your breadth for a longer period of time. Gradually, move your meditations to 5 minutes then 7 minutes, respectively. Some days will be easier than others but keep meditating. With each meditation, you will find that your meditations will become deeper and longer. You will be able to reach your peace in a shorter amount of time and be able to hold your peace for a longer amount of time. Persistence is key. Don’t give up. Just keep doing it everyday.