Your Flute to Meditate:
is no longer looked upon as some geeky, dangerous, heathen
Through considerable research, especially through the
research of Dr. Herbert Benson, the daily practice of
meditation has been found to be beneficial to our physical,
mental and emotional health. And when we experience these
benefits, our spiritual state becomes more healthy, as
well. In fact, the very act of meditation can directly
take us to our spiritual state.
course, the tough part about meditation is the "daily"
part. If we don't practice regularly, meditation won't
do us much good. Meditating every few days is equivalent
to brushing our teeth every few days: It may help a little,
but it won't keep the cavities away. More years ago than
I care to admit, I began meditating. All went well for
the first two years. Then our daughter arrived. Our daughter
was the greatest blessing in my life, but the little stinker
sure knocked the heck out of my meditation schedule!
went by. I'd try to get back on a regular meditation schedule,
but it was very difficult. I was raising my daughter,
working every day, and just plain living my life. It seemed
I was always too busy to meditate.
few years ago I purchased my first Native American flute.
And when I began to master it, something clicked inside
me. The flute's tone, the act of playing it, the feel
of it in my hands had an effect on me like no instrument
I'd ever played before. And I've played a lot of instruments.
The flute became part of my meditation sessions. And once
it took hold of me, I began to meditate much more regularly.
you don't know how to meditate, but have a desire to learn,
you will find useful links at the end of this article.
If you do know how, let me explain how I use my flute(s)
to reach the meditative state. A quiet place to meditate
is essential, whether you use a flute or not. In this
quiet place sit down with your flute. Whether you sit
in a chair or sit on the floor, it doesn't matter. Now
hold the flute in your hands, look at the flute, feel
the flute. Close your eyes and begin slowly playing a
tune. If you haven't learned any tunes on it, yet, just
close all the holes, blow gently, then start playing any
notes. Play softly (you don't want to jar yourself), and
breathe easily. Try to make your playing effortless. As
you play, you will find your mind beginning to quiet.
When this happens, slowly lay your flute in your lap,
but loosely maintain a grip on it with both hands. Then
begin silently saying your mantra. Eventually you won't
feel the flute anymore. You will, instead, find yourself
lost in the mantra because your flute music will have
eased the transition between fully alert and the meditative
state. Eventually, though, after fifteen or twenty minutes,
your mind will begin to rouse back to the surface. When
you feel you have emerged, somewhat, from the meditative
state, slowly pick up the flute and begin to play. Try
to play the same tune or play in the same extemporaneous
way you began the session. This nicely encapsulates your
meditation period and gives a feeling of ending the session.
After a couple of minutes, the flute will have gently
brought you back to full awareness. Stop playing, then
sit for a couple more minutes before you get up and go
about your active day.
of your personal faith, or lack of a formal faith, you
will be able to find a meditation technique that you can
be comfortable with. If you don't find it in the links
below, do some searching. There are many mediation sites.
The ones below are only representative of what you might
Relaxation Response: Dr. Herbert Benson took the mystery
out of meditation and gives us his own method. Not faith
Meditation (Father John Maine's mantra):
the Rosary: Using Rosary beads as a meditation tool.
This link immediately downloads a pdf that you can print
out to use as reference.
Meditation: This began the meditation revolution.
Not faith based.