We live in a world there there is so much distraction. We have so much information at our finger tips and we have so much to do with so little time. We have deadlines to meet, projects to execute and piling responsibilities. At the end of the day, we’re tired, emotionally drained and of course, ready to pass out.
Most people would switch off by watching TV and having a glass of wine. However for the past few months, I’ve allocated 60 minutes of pure recovery time consisting of listening to sounds of a babbling brook, flute melodies and zen ambiance music. It’s proven that the sound of water has a direct affect towards your mind.
Have you ever just lied on a beach at night listening to the waves and remembering how calm it is? Same goes with listening to the sounds of water. Water has a very calming affect on our minds and whenever you listen to it, it triggers a part of yourself to immediately relax and clear your stresses away.
After practicing this discipline every day, I’ve discovered the following benefits.
Instant Calming Effect
Every night, the last thing I do before I sleep is I plug in my headphones and listen to the sounds of water accompanied by Tibetan Bells the entire night. As soon as I start listening to the sounds of water running through a river, my mind goes blank and it instantly relaxes me. I’ve tried many different types of sounds but the sounds of water and tibetan bells seem to work wonders for me.
It’s like switching the “off” switch. Instead of having a glass of wine every night to switch off, try listening to the sound of water and Tibetan bells and you’ll instantly feel more calm and relaxed.
After listening to zen music every night after work, I’ve felt that my mind has become so clear. I’m starting to also become more intuitive and can feel people’s emotions. I know that sounds crazy but if you are continually calming your mind everyday, which is a form of meditation, it gives you tremendous mental health benefits. One of them is having a clear mind that’s free of worry and fear.
I’ve also noticed that I’ve become more compassionate towards others. I no longer hold negative opinion of others and I always seek first to understand why people do what they do. Maybe it’s because everyday I feel more calm and balanced, I have no need for anger towards others. Instead I’m now compassionate towards other people and what they do no longer affect me.
As a result of being calm, having a clear mind and being compassionate towards others, I’ve built tremendous focus towards my work. My mind no longer holds onto grudges, anger or uncertainty, it’s empty and open towards the task at hand. I remember when I was drinking red wine every night. Although this instantly calmed me down after a hard days work, it really affected my sleep. As a result, I didn’t get quality sleep and my mind was always cloudy.
When you’ve built the habit of regular recovery time every single day, your mind is clear and you get better quality sleep. Sleep is so important for your brain and body. I’m finding myself having extremely deep sleep and waking up feeling so refreshed and alive. I know it sounds like a commercial but you’ll know the difference when you have the habit of listening to the sounds of water and Tibetan bells every single day and before you go to bed.
Overall Happiness and Detachment
With so many benefits of listening to zen music, you’ll become happier and detached from events. This may sound like a negative thing being detached by as Buddhism principles teaches, detachment if the source of happiness. We live in a world filled with change and when you’re not longer attached to something that will eventually change, you will become happier.
Building a habit of regular 60 minute zen meditation and recovery session will do wonders for your life. Your brain is the most powerful instrument you’ll ever own and by taking care of it through regular zen meditation and recovery, you’ll be able to summon the energy needed to live a happy life filled with inner peace.
Stay Strong and Be Relentless.