The Conductors Meditation system is designed to be flexible and accessible to all levels of meditators. The symphony analogy is meant to provide a creative framework for understanding the connection between the mind, emotions and the body. You can practice daily or whenever you want. What’s most important is that you learn to apply the techniques to everyday life.
This meditation practice contains breathing and visualization exercises relating to each of our musical/energetic attributes. You can practice each attribute individually, or you can do the combined Conductors Meditation which incorporates all the attributes.
Various yogic practices prescribe different methods for breathing deeply and clearly. Ideally, you want to find the breathing approach that feels the most sustainable. Listed below are 3 possible approaches to deep breathing:
- On each inhale – relax the area around the solar plexus. On the exhale – release all the breath so you can create space for the next inhale.
- On each inhale – relax and expand the stomach. On each exhale – draw the belly button in towards the spine.
- On each inhale – bring your front ribs together and guide the breath into your lower back and up through your shoulders. On each exhale – relax you ribs and deflate the lower back.
Try these different breathing approaches, or other ones you discover, and find which one resonates with you. Try breathing in through your nose and out through your mouth, but you can try other variations if that’s not comfortable.
At first it’s best to practice the meditation exercises in a quiet place. You can either sit or lie down, keeping your spine as straight as possible. It may be easier to concentrate if you close your eyes. Initially you might find it challenging to focus on the breathing and visualization exercises, but it gets easier with practice. Eventually you can become so comfortable with the techniques that you can do the meditations with eyes open in a loud, public place. The more you practice the meditation system, the more you can apply the techniques to everyday situations.