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Sound Meditation

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Ryan Kenny, LCSW
Meditation Instructor & Resilience Coach
Transform sound into support for mindful awareness with this simple, calming practice.
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86 reflections
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Antonio
Sounds are everywhere
Sounds are just sounds, opportunities to be mindful, even those distracting, loud ones at times
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Connor
Very helpful
My family really enjoyed this meditation. Great for shifting attention from thoughts to sounds.
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TAMI
Sound meditation
I haven't been practicing my meditation for a few weeks. I forgot what awesome experience it is to be truly in the moment. It is wonderful to hear the nuances of the rhythm and melodies of nature. It is amazing how it the chattering in mind stops and I can feel the true message of my soul. I am blessed to have this day.
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Myriam
Tuning into sound
I realized how quickly my mind dives into a story and goes it's own way as soon as I concentrate on a sound. Coming back to the sound and letting go of the story is challenging and releasing at the same time
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Catherine
Great exercise in non-judgement
I tried the 7 min version in downward facing dog. Physically and mentally challenging, but helped me stay focused on sensation / sound rather than anxiety.
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Kimberly
Sounds
Routine noises: washing mashing, my children conversing with each other, wind dancing in the trees and my stomach grumbling. Blessed to acknowledge the ability to hear and embrace the sounds as they centre me for the rest of this day.
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Sonja
Listening
Lovely guidance...I was able to better appreciate layers, textures, and tones to the sounds around me. The judgement of sounds...so interesting! So human...😉
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Ebony
Hearing and Listening
I learned it is often more important to hear things rather than listen.
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Pamela
Let go of stress
Be the sound and let it absorb within and I will find peace. The sounds will no longer clash together, but sound beautiful again. 💕
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HANNAH
Noises
I allowed myself to really hear the noises around me. It brought peace to my meditation. I really enjoyed this one!
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Jayden-Rain
I did it with someone
Wednesday will be much better once I am alone and have just woken up for my meditation.
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Kellee
Columbus Day 2017
I had my very first meditation today and even though it was on an app on my phone and it was short and sweet, I found it brought tears to my eyes and a smile to my face and stress did release. I also learned that sounds are important and listening to the voices from the fur babies when relaxed are just important as stressed. My heart light was on and I was able to tune in to my inner self..thank you Aura!
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Chatty
I listened
That listening to just the sounds of nature (real nature) for a change has a huge effect on how much more I tune out of my todo list!!
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Matthew
Finding Focus
With my personal barriers to a clear and relaxed mind, it was a treat to find a technique that works to take some of the edge off and just let me enjoy being where I am. Having the soft sound of the fan on my desk to ground myself in focus really helped with this meditation.
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Lyd
Relax
I need to relax my shoulders and neck, I'm so tense there and I think that's where I put all my problems with things instead of actually working through them.
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Joyce
Day 3
A little to tired overall to stay a wake for the whole 3 min, but L am more refreshed now
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Bianca
First day meditating
It’s ok to take a second of your day to just focus on the sounds around you.
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Madison
Day 1
I learned that I might want to try meditating outside instead.
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Karen
Sounds
Tuning into sounds. Loved it! Warm up on treadmill so the rhythmic sounds of belt and footsteps relaxing 🙂
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Wendy
Mindfulness
I learned my mind wanders very easily and just as easily it can come back
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Kertu
I learned..
That my mind always wonders, but some basic sound can keep my head clear.
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Sarah
Sounds
There were a lot of louder sounds happening such as the bathroom fan, which made it really hard to focus on the main message. I feel like it could've been really good if it was more natural sounds.
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Everett
Better
This inordinate important improvement i do all day in places without number and still be hog
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Scott
Distracting
I’m not so sure that this really helped me as it was more distracting than anything. Maybe that was the point, to have my mind focused on sounds so that my stress level would be reduced. It might have helped a bit.
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Nati
Form of sounds
Sounds turned into colours and shapes. I love when that happens. But again, I couldn’t manage to stay still.
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Jenny
First time
This was an interesting experience and I look forward to continuing it and learning more tomorrow!
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Ismet
Not labeling sounds
I learned that when I hear a sound I will try to not label it as good or bad, and just focus on what I am hearing at that very moment.
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Margot
I love sound.
I was so lucky to be in the countryside walking my doggies while listening to this meditation. I heard the wind in the trees. The birdsong. The occasional car passing down on the road. My dogs collar jangling and their panting as they walked. Bliss ❤️
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Ella
Sound Meditation
There is an inherent joy in simply listening to the sounds that surround you and add dimension to your life experiences. To sit quietly and allow the sounds to lightly wash over and around me is such a thrilling experience and one that I find so soothing. This meditation reminded me of just how much I enjoy it. Thank You.
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Venesa
Anxiety
Anyone out there that suffer from ptsd and anxiety??😒 Need a friend
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Paula
Noises are simply sound
Noise, sound... merely is. Nothing to become overly annoyed with. Acknowledge, release, and move on. I’ll do my best.
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Diane
It's OK
Environmental sounds are not making my meditation less ideal...they are part of the experience. I can learn to meditate and calm myself anywhere.
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Chante
I tune out a lot of sounds. I heard new things!
I do create stories but I can acknowledge and let go. It’s not always about breathing not about acknowledging thoughts
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David
Quiet is the sound
Sometimes hearing nothing at all is the sound I want to hear.
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Amanda
Acknowledging sounds is powerful
When my mind drifted into making a story about the sound, learning how to pull that back to just the sound. Wow. Very powerful
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Maddy
1/14/18
There are so many things going on around us and we really only begin to notice them when we put our full attention towards them.
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Carron
Awareness of Space
It’s amazing how we take the sense of hearing for granted. I could hear everything...the sound of the refrigerator, the water dripping from my bathroom faucet, the sound of the heat blowing into the room, my roommate pacing in his room- Ahh-Mazing! 🙏🏾
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Nicole
Sound
This was an interesting meditation and I did hear noises I wouldn’t have noticed. I think I prefer to focus inward and become more aware of what’s happening to me while blocking out the sounds around me.
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Keiko
Sound Meditation
It’s interesting that this short practice of focusing on sounds around me really helped me get to a calmer space.
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Mike
Each day is a new day
Each day I will focus on the positive and be the best I can be.
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Courtney
Becoming stress free
I learned that just relaxing and letting your mind wonder can help you so much. It feel so good to just relax and let go
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Annee
Sound
I had no idea how something as simple as what we hear each and every day could be taken advantage of. I loved this practice. I definitely will move forward in life with much more appreciation for the sounds I come across. Whether that be a loud AC machine, cars zooming past me or even a voice of another person.
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Anna
Sound Meditation
Seeing and hearing sounds for exactly what they are is extremely meditative.
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Amy
2/13/18
I learned that sleep doesn’t help my exhaustion. I can’t sleep very well anymore and these meditation kind a help
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Megan
Sounds
I want to start to be more aware of all of the sounds I absorb each day
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valerie
meditation with sound
i learned that a simple way to meditate is by letting your body relax and focusing on the sound around you
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Paul
Sounds
I learned there are many different sounds around us that we never hear unless we try. Maybe it’s the same with people.
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Melissa
2.28.18
I do not have to act upon or even think about each sound I hear... I can acknowledge the sound and keep focus on my breath, bringing me back to center.
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Derek
Sound Focus
I feel more alert; more prepared to receive the sounds and sights that are directly around me
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Walter J
Deafening...
I learned my house and road are VERY quiet in the middle of the night! I kept listening for a sound, any sound, but the quiet got so deafening... I kept leaning more & more into it ... & then I finally heard... snoring 😳 & was immediately back listening again.🤭 I guess that is still a form of awareness, right?! 😴✌🏼
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Justine
Silent and yet not
Crickets chirped, wind softly whistled, a car sounded in the distance traversing windy roads. The dogs snored and the pig grunted in her sleep under our window. Even the dark breathed gently with us and the stars sang their quiet refrain in the inky night. Just beyond the house I hear the querying call of a kiwi searching for a mate. I love the country sounds at night, far from quiet but more a symphony of rightness to drift into the land of dreams,
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Beth
Sound
I am prone to giving the sound a story vs just letting it be sound. The mind is truly remarkable when we let it be
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Jessica
3-14-18
Focusing on the sounds of the room and clearing my mind helped me forget everything I was stressing about. Caused me to restart my brain and cancel out negative energy.
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Valeria
The best night
I relaxed myself and had the best sleep in long time. Love it :)
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Alexa
I learned that
An amazing form of meditation involves simply listening to and focusing on the sounds around you and allowing yourself to relax enough so that you don’t think about what is making those sounds.
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Kate
Meditation day one
You can hear sounds without thinking about them therefore this meditation was agree at expirence
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Jaylene
Meditation
I learned that listening to sounds and moving your mind to different places is relaxing and calming. I loved it!!
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Inannadae
Tranquility in a noisy place
I never really listened to all the background noises. It’s possible to find peace among the hustle and bustle of the world around you. A reminder that stillness can still be found in a crowd.
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Debb
Tuning into Sounds
I was surprised to realize that this wasn’t a comfortable meditation for me. I did the meditation in the silence of my bedroom where the only sound was my ever present tinnitus. This practice simply underscored how bad my tinnitus is. 😔
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Verity
Relaxed
I felt a lot more comfortable and relaxed after this practice and so did the main parts of my body!
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Bonnita
Sounds
So. We r in a hotel, and I definitely picked a wrong meditation. I have a snoring son and listening to the sounds around us, well, that is the only sound 😕
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Caitlin
Simple sound
I found this meditation really effective since I end up taking sound as is relatively easy unless it’s talking (I think hang onto the meaning of the words rather than the sound of the voice itself). I ended up being in a really balanced state of mind for this session and I feel pretty good afterward too.
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Anita
I felt so relaxed and gently more relaxed as the guided meditation continued, very much enjoyed.
I learned that tho I’m concentrating on my deep breathing, it’s ok to be listening to surrounding sounds but not to focus much on them. It’s welcoming and relaxing. Was becoming even more relaxed as it went, definitely smiling throughout. Really enjoyed the moment of accepting sound and being mindful of exterior while focusing on inner.
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Stuart
Wrong type of session today
Just the wrong mood today as busy day ahead may have been better later today to switch off c’est la vie
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Louis
Tuning Into Sounds
We can practice the discipline of tuning into sounds rather than trying to shut them off. Great idea.
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olivia
brothers smh
i could not focus because my brother was doing it too and we kept laughing soooo yea
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Kelsey
Overcoming fear
I’ve always had a hard time dealing with sitting in silence. The small noises and tick would overwhelm my anxiety and make me nervous. But this exercise actually helped me with those little noises and used them to calm me instead. Would be worth repeating
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stuti
sound meditation
it was just abit uncomfortable at first but later I felt peace and relax 🙂
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Michael
Sound Meditation
Don't pass judgement on sounds. Allow them to come and go like bubbles. Why are some sounds bad and others good?
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Nina
Relaxing the Mind!
I felt and notice a sense of relaxation of the Mind and breathe. It was a good feeling!
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Maddie
Finding my way out of the dark
I learned that there is so many sounds to tune into instead of my mind talking over my life in a negative way
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Amy
Curiosity
Curiosity is a natural state for me. I was such a curious child, always full of wonder at the beauty of the world around me. But the responsibilities of adulthood have sent me into an anxious spiral. If I can return to curiosity and wonder, even just for a little while, perhaps I won’t be so anxious all the time. Perhaps I’ll return to the world more calm and open, ready to notice the small things that usually go unnoticed everyday.
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Fabiola
very well
I let my body liberate the tension, my arms, my legs, my face and my feet, once you make some moves to relax you realize how much tension you carry every day
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Cullen
Impossibility is impossible
Having adhd I thought meditation was going to be impossible. This will be easier than I thought. :) Thank you aura
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Joyce
Welcome sound
Focusing on hearing the is happening now is a great mindfulness exercise. Namaste .
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nico
weird body perception
This type of meditation with eyes closed made me feel like my body shrank into such a skinny and very small form. I felt great and never experienced this kind of meditation where take another perception of your body. In this exact moment I felt that, I felt so chill and relaxed but at the same time scared due to my weird perception. I'll do it again!
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Amy
Sound meditation
I learnt that I really enjoy sound meditation. It takes me to such a calming, beautiful place that I can visualise and it therefore enhances my meditation experience.
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daniel
very helpful
tuning out to breathing is a good way to relieve stress. I believe that's something I could definitely use
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Dylan
friends
I have a deep connection to my friend that I think is one sided
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Lily
Listening
I learned that listening to the sounds around me makes me feel fantastic!!!!
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Yanadi
Growth
“It will all be ok”. It is the basic and centralized message into this meditation. I felt comfort and relaxation.
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Khanya
Peace
I felt so much at peace. Like I actually took time off and was able to listen to myself. To pay attention to me. Forget about the day to day nitty gritty and just... be.
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Jose
Sound Meditation
I learned how to concentrate on sounds and noises in my environment. So peaceful and relaxing.
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Tiffyy
Stressing me out
I learned I wish I could block this it keeps popping up on me and I’m tired of it It’s stressing me out more
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John
Nice to focus
it was nice just focusing on the sound without thinking about it. I find this easy to do with music but bo so easy with everyday sounds.
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Joyce
Love the short 3 mins meditations I call them my brain breaks.
I’m taking more brain breaks without having to search for short meditations as I did on other apps