I have always thought of people meditating with various sounds in the background to give them a more saturated experience. I knew there were a lot of videos available that played on for hours with one particular sound that can help you feel calm.
Recently I decided to be regular with meditating. After coming back from my morning walk with my friend, we just randomly decided to meditate for 15 minutes. I don’t know what came to my mind but I searched rain sounds and put one on that didn’t have any thunder sounds or music.
It was one of my most calming meditating sessions. It is very difficult for me to shut out my thoughts. I am an over-thinker. Sitting idle for a few minutes is the perfect opportunity for my brain to go haywire. I try to stop all my thoughts from scrambling and ask them to slow down. All in vain. I try concentrating on my breathing, keep chanting “in-out-in-out” in my mind, but that leads to some other thought.
The sound of rain, the melody of raindrops has always made me feel serene, calm, and happy. So, I am not surprised that I searched for it. I focused on the raindrops and it took me back to all the times I have sat in the rain or in the shower, letting the water fall on me, letting the water drops envelop me, the sound of water soothe me. It is as soothing to me as a lullaby.
Later that night, I put on another video that had thunder sounds in it. It was calming as well. It was a 4-hour long upload, so I just plugged it in and let it rock me gently to sleep. No banging and smashing of thoughts in my mind, no worry of tomorrow, not a single moment of work-related thought, no retrospection. I was just being in the moment.
I don’t know why I waited for so long before trying this. But, man, does it really work! You need to try this, I would highly recommend putting on the sounds that soothe you, mostly the ones that come from nature, especially if you have a hard time meditating and just staying calm in general.