Is meditation possible with tinnitus?
I get asked this a lot. Many people probably associate meditation with sitting in a quiet room all alone and having to face the quiet.
And for some that might be true. But there isn´t only one right way to meditate. Let´s be even more clear, you can´t get meditation wrong.
As I understand it, meditation has to do with connecting with your inner self, shutting up the ego and focusing again on what is important.
You can make yourself feel better with simple gestures and your own breathe. How it calms you down. It lets yesterday go. It gives you a feeling of safety. You are here for yourself. And as you release yesterday and even this moment, you allow your full attention to come into this day, this hour, this time. Turn your full attention to this wonderful, wonderful day. – Louise Hay
Our mind constantly keeps us occupied with its stories….we start to believe those stories and they become our life. I have talked so many times about using affirmations and of course that works, but it doesn´t hurt to clear the mind from the constant chatter. That is not your life, but it could become your life if you listen to it.
Read more about affirmations here: https://thetinnituslife.com/2018/01/28/self-talk-and-selflove-as-healing-power/
When ego is lost, limit is lost. You become infinite, kind, beautiful.
― Yogi Bhajan
So let the ego go! Let it go and stop hiding behind those fearful stories, it keeps implementing in your head. Those stories just keep you from evolving and from having the life you want to have!
Sounds all really weird and new-agey? It might, but I have always believed in Freud. Already when I was at university. For him the ego is what connects the Id and the super-ego.
The ego is ‘that part of the id whichhas been modified by the direct influence of the external world. – Sigmund Freud
The the ego is not what your true essence is, it is what you think you are or what you have become by things that have influenced your life so far. We constructed it, but perceive it as you identity.
You can get a glimpse by noticing certain thoughts, similar to those listed above. The easier way to spot the ego is by the trail of emotional reactions it leaves behind: Anger at a loved one, a need to be right, a feeling of insecurity in certain situations, feeling of jealousy that are unexplained, the need to impress someone, and so on. These emotions can be attributed to the false beliefs that comprise the ego. In the beginning it is easier to see the symptoms of resulting emotions and drama, rather than the ego that caused it.
The greatest art is to sit, and wait, and let it come.
― Yogi Bhajan
On my path to find healing or at least offeeling better about myself and tinnitus I found Louise Hay and worked with heraffirmations, that lead me soon to meditation.
In be beginning I didn´t know what to do either.
Everybody says to just sit and observe. Not letyour mind wonder, but if it wonders off not to judge it but draw your focusback. I always thought draw the focus back to what??
It was just super hard for me to imagine and tobe able to observe my mind – I went down that judgy road.
I tried it a few times, but I just got super frustrated. And that was that. I thought I was just not made for meditation – it wasn´t for me.
BUT no matter what path I went down on my healing journey it seemed that all of them lead to meditation. I tried it again and again and again.
And I found what feels good to me and whatmakes me feel good. It helps me to stay calm during the day, to see clearly andto finally find shut up the frustrating loud noises in my head.
It is a myth that it is necessary to sit in aquiet room all by yourself to meditate!
I understand that many people wonder how meditation is possible with tinnitus. Up to this day I don´t meditate in a quiet room.
Meditation is not a way of making your mind quiet. It is a way of entering into the quiet that is already there – buried under the 50,000 thoughts the average person thinks every day. – Deepak Chopra
I started my meditation experience with guidedmeditations. There are so many out there. Of course I didn´t like every one ofthem, no I tried different ones until I found the right voice and way of how itwas done. At the start I used only guided meditations that talked all the waythrough.
I walked my way up to meditations that are leadat the beginning and then have some instrumental part in the middle and endwith a guided part.
Meditation with Music
I realized that I wasn´t always ready to focusor do what someone else was telling me to do. So often I moved on to just sitwith some meditation music. There is so much on the internet.
Watching your breath
Another way is to watch your breath – some peoplecount their breath and others just observe it. Breathing in, breathing out.Breathing consciously – it can be so soothing and calming. Put on somemeditation music on YouTube an it will work even though you have tinnitus.
I recently fell in love with Kundalini Yoga –there they use mantra meditation. That means depending on your goal, you choosea mantra in Sanskrit and say that over and over again.
For example I use the mantra Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo, which means to turn into your own inner leader /wisdom, your intuition. I say it over and over again using my mediation beats.If I don´t have that much time I´ll do one round, if I have more time I do morerounds.
I love it, because when I´m saying thosemantras out loud I can really focus on them and my mind doesn´t wonder as muchas in the other meditations. It feels like the mantras help me to break freefrom my mind.
And now get started . . .
As you can see on those pictures, there are many different ways to meditate. You can´t have to sit on the floor or ameditation pillow in lotus pose.
Some people even go out into nature to meditatethere – with the sounds of nature you might not even need an audio. Meditationcan just be to not keep your mind busy, to disconnect and to give yourself abreak. Like taking a walk in the woods, sitting by a river or lake.
Of course there are many different meditationpaths, important like always is to find the way that fits you best. What worksfor you?
Meditation doesn´t work if you start alreadywith the wrong attitude, take the time to do it. You don´t have to start outwith an hour or 30 minutes. No, I started with like 5 minutes or 10. Andsometimes I still don´t do longer. I feel like it is important to practice continuouslythough. You can take 5 or 10 minutes of your day to sit / stand or walk withyourself, because it will benefit the rest of your day.
And you will see as more you do it the better you will feel, the calmer you will get!
What you believe, you receive. – Gabrielle Bernstein