Mindfulness exercise #2: a mindful listening practice

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Practical Depression is a big advocate of minimalist composer Philip Glass. Listen to his Metamorphosis performed by pianist Branka Parlic here.

  1. Switch off your telephone for a few moments.
  2. Take a piece of relaxing, single instrument music tat you like.
  3. Find a comfortable position, such as lying on the floor or the sofa (or sitting if you’re at the desk or on the train!).
  4. With the first notes being played, take a calm and moderate intake of breath and let it out slowly and naturally.
  5. Continue to listen to the music, really listening to it, whilst your breath does the rest.

Do this for 5-10 minutes and you will be fully revived.


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