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In meditation for stress relief, is it ok to incorporate a soothing song and jus meditate on the lyrics?

im a Christian and practicing meditation (jus for stress relief not for spiritual purposes) but i find that certain songs are very calming and relaxing when i am stressed and they are Christian songs in worship to God. it is soft slow music and soothing.. is it okay to incorporate this into practical meditation and focus on the lyrics instead of something like my breath or a word or phrase that i repeat?

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RudyH
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If your goal is merely stress relief, anything that relaxes is ‘OK’, whether that is having a walk, do sports or listening to music. However, often it is at least as important to seriously look at the causes for the stress. Things like listed above of course do not change anything on the causes of stress, so they are merely a temporary ‘fix’. The original goal of (Eastern) meditation is to learn to understnd and control our mind. Stress relief is really a side-effect of meditation and not normally the main goal. Still, when we learn to understand and control… Read more »

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To a large degree I follow Eastern Phillosophies, and meditation is best just listening to the natural world, however I am also a Father, and as such discovered thet if you play music with a rythym or lyrics, the child will settle down, but not quite go to sleep, however Eastern Music, especially Zen meditation music, has no distinct rythym, it ebbs and flows, like the natural world, and a child that is cranky soon settles down and enters a soothing deep sleep state, awakening with a happy disposition. I myself meditate on natures chorus, but if you need music… Read more »

Ilovebeingme!
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If it makes you happy and pleases God, YES go for it!
Sounds fun, I might try it!!

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It becomes a session of listening to music, then, rather than mindfulness meditation. By all means, do both; just keep them separate. See stress treatments, at ezy build, below on page 42. Practise daily, one of the relaxation techniques on pages 2, 11, 2c, or 2i; whichever works best for you, but the mindfulness breathing for 15 – 20 mns is ideal, although the progressive muscle relaxation can be learned quickly, and takes only several minutes, if pressed for time. Employ the EFT version for use in public, for which you can reasonably claim that you have a headache, as… Read more »