Why Use a Meditation MP3?
What is the primary advantage of a meditation MP3 over a CD?
Portability. I loved my brainwave entrainment CDs the first time
I tried them. I had a few unusual, interesting and pleasant experiences,
but they were primarily just a great way to meditate. (If you
haven't tried audios that use brainwave entrainment technologies,
you should. They provide the easiest way I know of to meditate.)
I even use them for "power naps." But once I bought
my first MP3 player and loaded one of the meditation tracks onto
it, I realized how limiting the regular CDs were.
Suddenly I could load up on my meditation recordings and walk
in the hills near the house. What a great experience! I could
sit under a tree and be quickly brought into a meditative state,
and when I opened my eyes again everything looked more real -
a common experience with deep meditation. I also could stand
or walk while listening, so I didn't fall asleep (sometimes a
problem - these types of recordings have powerful effects on
the brain). Portability is a big advantage.
A Walking Meditation With an MP3
Here's a simple "walking meditation" you can do
using your MP3. Load a good brainwave entrainment audio into
your player and take a walk. It should be an uncrowded setting,
and preferably along a level trail or sidewalk, so you don't
have to concentrate on the terrain. If there is a trail along
a river in the area, or a quiet park nearby, these work well.
Walk for a couple minutes before turning on the player.
Keep a relaxed pace while listening, and breath through your
nose if possible. Things may look different as you get into a
deeper state of consciousness, because your meditative state
helps you stop or slow a lot of the internal chatter that normally
tells you what you are looking at. You effectively see with "new
eyes," or without the interference of thought. More self
awareness is common too. You may notice the workings of your
body and the thoughts which typically lay just below consciousness.
Afterwards you'll probably find that you can think more clearly
(that's my experience). This might be a good time to work on
any important tasks that require your concentration. In any case,
this is a great way to use meditation MP3 recordings.
Making Meditation MP3s
You can buy downloads for your MP3 that use brainwave entrainment.
But if you already have meditation CDs, you can use the basic
Windows Media Player on most newer computers to rip those tracks
from your discs and then burn them onto your MP3 player. It isn't
too complicated (I managed to figure it out, and I have a tough
time with computer technology).
Another option is to make your own recordings from scratch.
My wife and I tried this with some expensive software we bought
for the purpose. We created several meditation recordings which
were embedded with "binaural beats." They could be
put onto CDs or MP3s or listened to on the computer. They worked,
but I can't say I recommend this unless you really like playing
with the technology. What we produced was definitely lower in
quality than the brainwave entrainment products we've bought.
If you decide to simply buy the downloads (or CDs) my current
recommendation is in the sidebar to the left.