Meditation used to be a big part of my life. In my child free days I would meditate daily, and even attended a couple of Vipassana silent retreats. I really believe that learning this skill has made my life better. I get less caught up in things and am more able to observe the situation I am in rather than get carried away with it - well some of the time at least!
As a mum, it is really hard to find the time to meditate. I do listen to a few dharma talks on a podcast every now and then when I am cooking or working. I also try to bring myself into the present moment as much as I can. This works particularly well when I am out walking with BB - he wants to stop and admire all sorts of things, from a fallen leaf to a drain cover, from a flower to the moon. Only yesterday he made me stop and watch a little trickle of water from a stream enter a lake, for ages! He is a great reminder to be in the present moment, and whenever he calls me to just be in this way I do remind myself that I am here, now. Still though, there are times when I wish I could do more to still my mind, particularly in the last few months when the debate re another child has really taken off . What do I want? Do I actually know?
A few weeks ago, I was invited by Ennora to review their Binaural Beats Meditation Audios. From my understanding, (and I have used these kind of audio files before) the sound files actually entrain your brain by sending a slightly different frequency to each ear and letting your brain make sense of it across it's two hemispheres. You can read more about that here. What I was told before, and what seemed to be the case in my past experience, is that this type of file can give you the results of deep and practised meditation that you could expect after years of work, just by wearing headphones and listening to some sounds.
Finding moments when you can actually put headphones on and listen to these exclusively has been hard as a single mum, but I have done it a few times. I have also played the sleep one on my phone a few times when BB and I have been going to sleep. Both ways I have really enjoyed the audio files and definitely feel more relaxed for listening.
Being the New Year and all, I am thinking about how I can make time to do this on a regular basis, as undoubtedly a more centred and peaceful me, will make a better mum for BB. I could listen on my phone in bed for example - BB is right next to me so I will know if he stirs, maybe once a week - on a Sunday perhaps - it should be manageable if only I create the time for myself!
If you have a New Year's resolution to be more present or peaceful, you can download the files from the Ennora website. You could choose just one audio file or a package - they have free samples too, so you can try before you buy. It may not come as any surprise that my favourites are Perfect Sleep and Crystal Clear Mind.
Thank you to Ennora for allowing me for try these audio files for the purposes of this review - I have now loaded them
on to my phone and plan to continue using them in 2014.