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A Lesson In Deep Ambient Sound Meditation

January 29th, 2016

We spent countless hours developing all our meditation audios; and it is something that we are deeply proud of.

That is why we are very happy that more people are starting to embrace the use of ambient sound to enhance their meditation experience.

For this article, Rick Heller talks about how he uses ambient sounds in his weekly meditation sessions at the Humanist Community at Harvard, and the use of music in meditation in general.

Mindfulness is the practice of paying attention to what is going on in the present moment with a nonjudgmental spirit. When we describe a sound as “noise” we’re applying a judgment. In a mindfulness of sound meditation, there is no such thing as noise — only sound. The amazing thing is that when we welcome “noise,” our perception of it changes into something stimulating and absorbing.

Try this:

  • Find a comfortable place to sit and close your eyes. Take a deep breath or two and relax. After that, there’s no need to follow your breath.
  • Now, start paying attention to sounds. If meditating indoors, you may hear creaks, rustling, and sounds from electrical appliances. If you’re outside, you’ll probably hear a cornucopia of sounds — wind, birds, traffic. For as long as this meditation lasts, there are no bad sounds.
  • When you hear a sound, don’t merely note it and shift your attention away. Try to follow the sound for its entire duration. Notice the hiss, rumble, whine, screech, and whoosh. When you focus on sounds with nonjudgmental attention, what could be irritating becomes enlivening.
  • Try to focus on the bare sound itself without attaching a narrative to it. So if you hear a siren, notice how the sound rises in volume and pitch as it approaches and falls as it grows distant. Try not to elaborate on your perception of sound with thoughts like, “I hope no one’s house is on fire.” If you notice that you are attaching a narrative to a sound, gently let that go and pay attention to any new sounds that may appear.
  • The sound of an overheard conversation is perhaps the most difficult to let go. If you overhear people talking, focus on the speakers’ vocal qualities rather than on the content of their speech. Listen to individual words and let them go without trying to assemble them all into a meaningful sentence.
  • In a lull during which there are no sounds, you can shift your attention to your breath — perhaps to the sound of your breathing. But if other sounds do arise, turn your attention back to them.

The joy one experiences when being mindful of stereotypically unpleasant sounds demonstrates the principle that nothing is disagreeable until we judge it so. The ancient Stoic philosopher Epictetus said, “What disturbs people’s minds is not events but their judgments on events.” Similarly, Buddhist philosophy holds that suffering originates in our aversion to what we experience in the present moment. When we engage with the present moment mindfully and without aversion, the sense of suffering fades.

This may seem counterintuitive, but this principle is consistent with what neuroscientists have learned about the brain’s salience network — the network of brain regions that monitor how we’re doing compared to our goals. The feeling of suffering is in essence a feedback signal warning us that a gap has opened up between our desires and reality. If your goal is to study for a test, the sound of a siren outside conflicts with your desire and is therefore unpleasant. But if you are doing an ambient sound meditation, the very same siren helps you toward your goal and you may perceive it as pleasant or even enthralling.

This insight extends well beyond the realm of sound. Just as we can transform “noise” into something positive, through mindfulness, we can bring a sense of friendliness and acceptance to any difficult circumstance. There are, of course, cases of injustice that ought to be resisted rather than accepted. Present moment acceptance is not a panacea but a tool to be applied wisely. But, as we go about our day, we may encounter moments of minor irritation that are best treated as the noise of daily life. Through mindfulness, we can transform our reaction to them and experience that moment as something wonderful.

If you are interested to heighten your meditation experience, I suggest you try listening to our FREE 15 minute meditation audio. All our binaural audios we made by multi-platinum DJ/Producer, and SubSines co-owner, Lenney Ibizarre at the SubSines studio at Ibiza, Spain.

Source: Huffingtonpost.com


When David Bowie Almost Became A Buddhist Monk

January 18th, 2016

Yes, it has been more than a week since Bowie’s passing, but for those of us who have been influenced by his music and philosophy, it’s still a sad and difficult loss to move on from.

Though most remember him through his works within and outside the music industry, a lesser known fact was that he almost became a Buddhist monk.

The year was 1967. Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, who had fled Tibet and would eventually move to North America, was at Samye Ling Monastery in Scotland. His star, and that of Buddhism, was already rising on that side of the Atlantic, attracting a new generation of seekers. Some of them were stars themselves. One — so the story goes — was David Bowie, who had started coming around Samye Ling at the inspiration of his friend and collaborator, Tony Visconti (who even worked on Bowie’s brilliant swansong, the just-released Blackstar), as well as that of Bowie’s girlfriend at the time, Hermione Farthingale.

“I was within a month of having my head shaved, taking my vows, and becoming a monk,” Bowie has said about that period of his life. But, he was torn and so sought the counsel of a Buddhist teacher, usually assumed to be Trungpa — though that’s now been refuted. The teacher replied to the famous young seeker that he should remain a musician, for that was how he could be of the most benefit.

While he didn’t become a monk, Bowie did in fact study for a short time with Tibetan Buddhist teacher Lama Chime Rinpoche, who remembers him fondly in a new video and has now refuted the Trungpa story, writing on Facebook that Bowie never visited Samye Ling, nor met Trungpa. (The authors of the biographies Starman, The Complete David Bowie, and The Man Who Sold the World: David Bowie and the 1970s disagree — as does musician Thurston Moore; more on that below. One story circulating online (but not substantiated so far as I know) even claims that it was Trungpa who gave Bowie his stage name.)

That the singer and Lama Chime Rinpoche knew and cared for each other is in no doubt.
Bowie was a young man — still known as David Jones — when the two met. From a 2001 story about Bowie’s involvement with Tibet House’s annual benefit concert that year:

Young David Jones was 13 when he developed an interest in Buddhism after reading “The Rampa Story” by T. Lobsang Rampa. Over the next four years, his interest in Buddhism and Tibet grew until he was visiting the Tibet House in London up to four times a week.

The man in the saffron robes, Chime Yong Dong Rinpoche, became Jones’ guru for several months.

And in fact, Bowie’s 1967 song “Silly Boy Blue,” one of his first originals, was a tribute to Lama Chime Rinpoche. In the song’s intro from the ’01 Tibet House performance, Bowie recalls “stumbling into the Buddhist Society in London when I was about 17, and sitting in front of me at the desk was a Tibetan lama” who would become “my friend, and a teacher for quite some time.

Source: Lionsroar.com


How The SubSines Accelerator System Converted A Skeptic

January 7th, 2016

One of the greatest gifts about working in the meditation field is receiving feedback about our meditation systems, like the letter below. I had to share it on my blog since it touched my heart so much! I hope you too enjoy reading it as much as I did. =)

I have been a longtime fan of ambient music since I discovered Brian Eno back in high school. At a time when metal and punk were the staples of mine and my friend’s cassette players, I have to say that I didn’t understand what Eno’s sound was. What I did know though was that his tape was glued to my cassette player and I played it every night before I fell asleep; and enjoyed going on a fun and deep inward journey.

The reason why I used my high school memories to start this letter was because if I hadn’t encountered the people behind SubSines, I would have believed all those journeys I experienced when I was young were nothing more than my imagination running wild.

Discovering The SubSines Meditation Audios

The catalyst to this shift in my mindset started when I was first introduced to the SubSines Accelerator System.

To come clean with things, I was really skeptical about it at first. My skepticism stemmed from the fact that I have been listening to numerous meditation audios on YouTube, and found myself more amused than impressed by them.

Also I believed that meditation music was nothing more than new age fluff. Oh how I was greatly mistaken.

When the SubSines Accelerator started playing, I felt right at home. It was nothing different to the ambient tracks I’ve been listening to for years. But the further I intently listened, the more I became aware that this was far from the typical ambient tracks I was accustomed to. It resonated with me not just in a physical way, but in a more spiritual manner.

Having picked the guided meditation version of the SubSines Accelerator System, I actually felt like I was in a trance for the first time in my life. The more I followed what the voice on the audio track told me to do, the more my body started melting away as if it was an ice cube left on the pavement on a hot sunny day. The only physical part of my body that I felt I had a connection with, was my head.

As the session went further, the sensation of an energy rushing out the crown of my head freaked me out a bit, but in a good way. Later on, it was explained to me that such a sensation is common for individuals that have attained a sort of spiritual awakening.

So for the first time in my 36 years of existence, I had finally reached a meditative state.

Objective Spirituality

If you think that I am now a “new age” person full of positivity and spirituality, think again. I am still a punk at heart and still firmly believe that The Clash was way better than The Ramones. But then again, I would be a hypocrite if I denied the fact that my experience with the SubSines Accelerator System has changed something in me.

Did it change my life for the better? Well, it ain’t no magic pill. I still go through the normal challenges the world throws at me. What changed though is that when I get back home, I feel the same sense of excitement that I felt back in high school. I take comfort in the idea that when I put my headphones on and start listening to my SubSines audios, my mind can take a break from all the stress of life and freely wander just like when I was in high school.

It is rare for us adults to have the luxury of not dealing with everyday stressors. And for me, I truly am thankful for having to have stumbled upon the SubSines Accelerator System. I have been using it for a month now. So technically, I have been meditating for an entire month too.

There are numerous articles on the net about the positive results of meditation; that it can alleviate stress, make a person much healthier, help one become more focused etc. And all those benefits I welcome with open arms.

But if you ask me what I’m truly thankful for in discovering the SubSines meditation audios, it is the idea that even just for an hour, I can escape the complexities of the real world, rejuvenate my mind and body, and open my eyes fully ready to take on any challenges the world throws at me.

This letter was sent to us from the email 9to5scene@gmail.com.

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The Power Of Meditation Music

December 14th, 2015 3 Comments

If you think that meditation music is just another word for relaxation music, think again.

I consider myself as a music aficionado and my musical preference ranges all the way from Jazz to electronic music. And what I realized through my years of sifting through countless vinyl records, cassette tapes, CD’s, and MP3’s was that there are certain musical frequencies that can awaken a person’s spiritual side.

These frequencies can change a person’s frame of mind, heighten consciousness and even reinvigorate the spirit. It helps a person become more creative, and in some cases, shed light on ones purpose.

Years ago, when I started listened to meditative music, I noticed that my meditation sessions became much deeper and that I was more creative afterwards. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that meditating with music is a magic pill. What I’m trying to point out is that listening to music during your sessions can heighten the experience and amplify the effects.

It has been documented that combining music with meditation techniques results in our brain secreting the chemical responsible for giving us the feeling we recognize as “love”.

By combining guided meditation with meditation music, you allow yourself to tap into your subconscious. Your focus becomes heightened, creativity is enhanced and you will feel energized and rejuvenated.

In my meditation journey, I also realized that listening to music could actually become the meditation itself.

I experimented with this idea for several months, and I realized that I was able to go really deep states by listening to music. Of course, I tried to shift between genres to see if there was any change. And to no surprise, the more “organic” the music was, the better the experience became.

This led me to the conclusion that though not all music can be used for meditation and narrowed it down to two factors.

1. You must take the idea of meditating to music seriously

You can’t just put on any music; you have to actively listen and become one with it. There must be nodistractions. All you need to do is sit comfortably with your eyes closed and listen.

2. The more “organic” the music is, the better

Like I said, I tried numerous genres and forms of music. But what worked best for me was the sound of rain.

To end, let me leave you with something from Albert Einstein:

“If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music.”

I hope that I have given you sound advice pertaining to how you can use meditation music, or music in general, in your meditation sessions. If you want more information about the best meditation music available online, please check out our FREE meditation audio.