Before playing the piece in full, read the guide to the meditation.
You can either keep your eyes open or closed for the meditation. Give yourself a few seconds to settle into the exercise. Perhaps just notice yourself sitting and breathing. Then when you press play...
Pay attention to the sounds -
Try not to focus on what the sounds are, but the actual quality of the sounds. That could include becoming aware of noises in your environment, not just those in the music. Notice the rhythm, tone, pitch, temperature, timbre, clarity of the sound. What changes do you notice? You may become aware of thoughts and feelings, note these before allowing yourself to drift back to the meditation.
When the song finishes -
Allow yourself to broaden your awareness to the space that you are in, the noises beyond the song, a sense of the people and things and space around you. You can do this until the song stops or for a few minutes after, depending on how far you get with the meditation with the song, and use this part of the meditation as a means of reconnecting to the outside world.
Don’t worry, sometimes you can feel a pressure to ‘get this right’ but you can’t really get it wrong. Sitting down, having a go, and accepting your experience, however distracted or uncomfortable, is the most important thing.
A little bit of information about the piece.. it debuted in 1972, performed by two musicians, facing one another and clapping. Steve Reich, the composer, wanted to create a piece of music that only used the human body. I liked the idea of directly contacting the mind's musical creativity with the body's ability to express this creativity, both through physical movement and through generation of sound.
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