Here is a great meditation technique that uses music to soothe and guide you in your meditation. First, gather up some of your favorite music that puts you in a calm and relaxed state of mind. This can be classical music, something oriental like the koto and shakuhachi, or even the Australian didgeridoo. I have actually created a playlist of appropriate Star Wars music, composed by John Williams, that I meditate to. In case you are wondering, it is Princess Leia’s Theme and The Little People from ANH, Yoda’s Theme from TESB, and Luke and Leia from ROTJ and I am listening to it as I write this post. Hopefully I can get some more songs in the near future.
Once you have gathered some suitable music, listen to it at a low but discernible volume. You can listen to the music through ear buds, ear phones, or speakers, it doesn’t really matter. Get comfortable in your normal meditating position, take a few deep cleansing breaths, breathe properly through your belly, and close your eyes. Imagine yourself exactly as you are in your body position except in a void of white. Visualize the music coming from a distant source, far enough away that you can’t see its origins. Even though you do not know exactly where it is coming from you can see it coming toward towards you and enveloping you. Perhaps it is a line straight as a laser or maybe the music flows in a wave that matches the music. The light can be one color or a chromatic rainbow, whichever you choose or whichever the music chooses for you. Do not try to analyze this light but bathe in the aura of this light for a few minutes, marveling at its beauty and complexity.
After an appropriate time, perhaps a few minutes, extend your hands out in whatever fashion you choose. Visualize your hands acting as antennae as they begin to direct and capture the light that surrounds you. Feel the energy of the music as it flows into your fingertips, up your arms, throughout your body, and into your head. As you absorb the energy of the music you begin to move towards the source. As you get closer to the source, you can faintly see its origins. As you continue to get closer, you eventually realize that the source is a mirror image of yourself. This process can take as long as you like, anywhere from two to fifteen minutes, depending upon your skill level. Face to face with yourself, feel the bond created by the music flowing from your own heart. Bask in the beauty and creativity that resides within you before these two visions of yourself merge into one.
The idea for this meditation came to me in another meditation on music I was doing. I find it really enjoyable to do, even though I sometimes have difficulty meditating to the Star Wars playlist mentioned above due to seeing the movie in my mind as the soundtrack plays. If this happens, try to find some other appropriate music to begin with and try some SW soundtrack music again in the future.