Forms of Meditation – Listening To Music and Dancing

By Patricia | October 23, 2008
Music And Dance As Meditation

Meditation is a process of concentrating and harnessing the power of the human mind. It enables a person to shut out all worldly distractions and focus deep into one’s core. It is only through the process of meditation that once can transcend the physical and truly attain the spiritual.

There are many different ways of meditating. One of the simplest and most popular methods of meditation is taught by Yoga. This involves sitting in a comfortable position (usually the Lotus Pose), with the spine held erect and focusing on the inhalation and exhalation of breath. This allows the breathing to be controlled and enables the practitioner to slip into a meditative state. Another technique involves focusing on an imaginary point of light with the eyes shut. All these techniques essentially rely on shutting out response to external stimuli and concentrating the mind on once fixed activity, or object.

Music And Dance Meditation

Singing, listening to music, or dancing is also a form of meditation that forms an integral part of many ancient mystical rituals and practices. In many cultures dancing and singing is considered to be the path to spirituality and this can be seen in many practices where the performer enters a trance-like state. These can be seen in many tribal customs, voodoo practices and Sufism.

The importance of music and movement as a means of connecting with divinity is really emphasized in the practice of Sufism, which is a religious practice that was developed in ancient India. Sufi singers and dancers use their devotion to their art to enter a meditative state. These tenets can also be found in the Japanese principle of Zen which expands them to incorporate numerous other activities including archery and tea making.

For those who are new to the process of meditation, I would highly recommend Yoga. Yoga is an ancient system of physical discipline that is more than five thousand years old. It was developed in ancient India, and its popularity has slowly spread all over the world.

In addition to effective meditation techniques, Yoga also teaches breathing techniques that ensure that all the cells of the body are adequately nourished by oxygen. Yoga exercises also help to align the body and keep it supple and flexible. Regular practice of Yoga not only helps to maintain good health, it can also help to prevent the onset of many lifestyle based diseases. The best part about Yoga is that it can be safely practiced by the young and old alike.

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