Music has been an aid to human existence for thousands of years. Not only do we use music for entertainment and communication. We also use it to gain access to higher states of consciousness and deeper emotional experiences. No wonder that music finds expression in all religious, spiritual and mystical traditions. With the development of music therapy scientist are discovering the psychotherapeutic and neurological benefits of music and meditation.
Here's a simple music meditation that anyone can practice with the help of a Kiirpa.
- Tuning In: Make sure you are in a quiet place where you won't be disturbed for 20 or 30 minutes. Tune your Kiirpa as though you were tuning your own mind. Sit in a comfortable posture with the back and neck in line and relaxed. Gently embrace your Kiirpa and let it rest lightly against the side of your head including the ear or the jawbone
- Breath: With your eyes closed take 3 or 4 long slow breaths concentrating on the soft flow of vitality that enters your body and the goodwill of your heart that flows out into the world
- Notes: Rest 2 or three fingers on the lower strings and softly pluck them one at a time very slowly until you find the ones you like the most. Increase the volume by plucking harder until you feel the sound vibration penetrating deep into your mind and heart. Play the notes in a slow repetitive rhythm to the tempo of your breath
- Hum: Every time you breath out softly hum the notes as best you can
- Chant: Replace your hum with the mantra "Baba Nam Kevalam" which conveys the sublime feeling of "Love Is All There Is"
- Silent Repetition: After playing and chanting for some time slowly stop playing the Kiirpa but continue chanting silently from your heart or from deep within your mind. Continue like this for as long as you wish until you have achieved a feeling of inner peace and self awareness
- Advice: to be continued....
Like Marcus Aurelius with his Lyra and Stoic meditations ;-)