THIS POST INCLUDES:
1. Using meditations for your Reiki practice
2. How to create meditations
3. Meditation music sources
4. Free Download Summary Links for Meditation Music
USING MEDITATIONS FOR YOUR REIKI PRACTICE
Reiki and meditation are a classic combination that contributes positively to your mental and physical wellbeing. Reiki involves the life force and energy that we exist in and meditation can sometimes help us to embrace that energy through deliberate focus and attention.
Meditation encourages us to develop a mindfulness approach by understanding the process of our mind, along with practical steps such as regulating our breathing and finding a physical space to connect with quietness and stillness as we shut out external noise and distractions.
If you’re like any thinking and feeling human being, you will understand the amount of internal chatter we all experience when we sit quietly. Our brains are wired to constantly think. We are constantly assessing the environment around us for important information. Aside from noticing the present, we also think a lot about the future and past. So many things to think about!
Meditation doesn’t aim to remove our internal thinking. Instead, it aims to help us focus our attention on the present moment and the benefits we can derive from being in the present moment.
For many of us, meditating on our own can take a lot of effort and practice. Therefore guided meditations using voice, music, or nature sounds can be helpful to help us contain our thoughts to the present moment.
Once we have achieved a state closer to mindfulness and less focused on our internal thoughts, we can engage in Reiki on a deeper level.
Meditation has been identified as a practice that connects with quiet contemplation, however, quietness is not essential. A meditative process can also be linked to activities that require us to focus and bring our attention to a singular source or activity instead of distracted or disjointed attention.
When we participate in Reiki, we are connecting with a desire to focus our attention on our inner energy and connections. In this sense, Reiki is the perfect activity to engage in meditative practice.
Meditation can be an excellent precursor to your Reiki practice. You can use meditation to help you develop a more relaxed and focused mindset before conducting a Reiki session.
Below is a simple meditation practice you can use to get started:
- Sit in a comfortable position with your back upright and against the back of your chair
- Use the 4-7-8 breathing technique. Breathe in for 4 seconds, hold for 7 seconds and exhale for 8 seconds. Repeat this breathing technique 4-6 times to help regulate your breathing
- Use the Reiki 5 core principles to focus your attention on your wellbeing:
- Just for today, I will not anger
- Just for today, I will not worry
- Just for today, I will be grateful
- Just for today, I will do my work honestly
- Just for today, I will be kind to all living things
- You may want to sit quietly for a few minutes after repeating the core principles. If you find your mind being distracted by life’s problems, go back to the 4-7-8 breathing technique to bring your attention back to your breath.
- You can also end your session with the 4-7-8 breathing technique.
Now you’re ready for your Reiki session.
HOW TO CREATE MEDITATIONS
As a Reiki practitioner, you may find some benefit in creating meditations that you can use for clients. You can also sell your meditations to generate a secondary source of income on your website. The most popular method to sell your meditations is as an audio file.
The process of creating your meditations involves the following steps:
- Define the purpose of your meditation
- Write your meditation script (based on your defined purpose listed above) – identify a beginning, middle and closing
- Practice reading your script out loud – measure the time it takes, pace your speaking voice so it is relaxing and not rushed. Make any changes that you feel necessary. This may include changing specific words that you keep stumbling over when reading.
- Record yourself reading your meditation
- Load your meditation file into your software program and add a backing track of music
- Save and export your file for upload
The above process details the steps involved in creating an audio file, however, you can also sell meditations in a video format. The additional steps for this would be recording yourself on video. Alternatively, if you don’t wish to record yourself on video, you can use your audio file and create a video file using stock images to take place of the video component.
There are many minor details that you may encounter when recording your meditation track such as editing your file, improving audio quality, managing files, and creating a space for recording audio. You will learn better practices as you start the process of creating your meditation files.
Indie Music Box has a great article here that details the steps involved in creating your own meditation file with background music. They also include some useful sound production tips to get the best from your recording: How to Make a Guided Meditation with Music
Basic equipment you will need includes:
- An App (voice memos) on your mobile phone if you record into your phone
- Blue Microphones Yeti USB Microphone (if recording on a computer) *Amazon Affiliate Link
- Audacity (free audio recording program)
If you are interested in creating guided meditations, you may be interested in the Udemy course (no affiliation): How To Create & Sell Your Own Guided Meditations from Home
MEDITATION MUSIC SOURCES
We’ve included some links below to sources where you can obtain music for meditation. You can use these as music only or use them as background music for any meditations that you create for clients.
Before using them in any products that you might sell to clients, make sure you read any relevant information about commercial use.
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