If I would ever create a meditation app, the short paragraph, above, would be part of it. In fact, those words could be the entire meditation app. Anybody can follow along at any time they need to pause. It would be the pause that truly refreshes.
Back in the days when cassette audio tapes ruled home recording technology, I used to write and record meditation and auto-hypnosis tapes for my own, personal use. Over the background of gentle rain, or soft electronic or piano music, I’d slowly, gently tell a soothing narrative. The finished composition filled one side of the cassette. I’d do a similar project on the other side.
Before I found a cassette deck with mixing capabilities, I simply turned up the volume of the stereo speakers as a cheap and simple method of blending voice and music. This is the technique I also used to record guided meditations onto micro-cassettes. I used these to lull myself to sleep. During the daytime, if I needed a mental break, I used them as guided meditations.
I was reminded of these projects when I came across a brittle, old cassette I had recorded back in 1986 or 87 to support my efforts to quit cigarettes. It was almost worn out due to being played almost daily for several months. I played the tape in the cassette deck. It went on for a few minutes then the cassette jammed and the deck shut off. I’ll determine whether or not the tape can be repaired, later.
Anyway, I found a much newer tape then put it into the machine. I settled back into a chair, took a few breaths, and pressed the “play” button. I closed my eyes and mentally followed along with the narration. After 20-minutes, the audio faded out. The cassette had played to the end. I felt refreshed and renewed. It was great to take that break and forget unsettling thoughts and emotions for awhile.
A person does not need cassette recordings of auto-hypnosis or guided meditations anymore. There are plenty of apps for smart phones and other devices that can be downloaded and used in much the same way.
We don’t even need to rely upon voices, music, or sound effects. A person can simply pause one’s activity, close the eyes, take a few breaths, and just observe one’s thoughts without holding onto them. This is a good way to appreciate your own life. Short breaks of this sort will enhance the day and enable sharper focus to help you complete the tasks at hand.
Even if you’re just at home and need a break. A pause will help you enjoy the freedom of doing nothing for awhile.