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Mindfulness of Sound - 15mins

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William James Davies, DCMT
Psychotherapist & Mindfulness Teacher
A really valuable practice that can reveal a great deal about how our minds work: Labelling, making judgments, creating stories, clinging to pleasant things and turning away from whatever it judges to be unpleasant. This may be why, in some traditions, Mindfulness of Sound is given almost the same prominence as Mindfulness of Breath. Note that the intention here is to be open to whatever sounds are present in the moment, rather than choosing a sound we like, such as music. Sounds of nature, sounds of a busy city, industrial noise, children playing, or even an air conditioning unit, all are perfect backdrops for this practice, none better than the other. Once you have some experience with the practice, perhaps you might choose to deliberately bring it to more challenging sounds, such as a neighbour’s car alarm, this can often be when the greatest transformations occur.
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Mindfulness of sound
Wow what a practice. It is getting a bit easier to tame my monkey mind and have the beginners mind. I get so sidetracked with thoughts and plans and to dos... it was so nice when I was just being. I want more of that in my life.
This was a horrible meditation for sound awareness as the narrator talked throughout the entire thin
This was a horrible meditation for sound as the narrator talked throughout the entire meditation so all you could hear was his voice. The quality of meditation narrators on this app is not very good.
An extension of acceptance
Interesting perspective on how to break my negative association with our furnace
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