Feeling relaxed and confident can help you learn an instrument or other new skill more easily. This meditation aims to help increase confidence and motivation when learning to play an instrument.
To begin this meditation, find a comfortable position in an environment free of distractions. Loosen any tight clothing, and adjust your position until you are comfortable.
To begin the relaxation process, imagine that you are at the top of a stairway. At the bottom of the stairway is a state of peace, calm, and relaxation.
Take note of how you are feeling right now, at the top of the stairway.
Take a deep breath in… and out.
Breathe in…. and out.
Take another deep breath… and relax as you exhale.
Keep breathing slowly and deeply, remembering to exhale fully between each breath.
Imagine taking a step down the stairway… a single step closer to relaxation.
Further descend the stairway, going down toward relaxation….. down…. down…. to a state of calm and relaxation.
Picture yourself going slowly down the stairway, one step at a time. It is a comfortable, safe descent to a place of relaxation. Move down step by step, at your own pace, becoming more and more relaxed with each step you take.
Take another step down…. and another…. more deeply relaxed with each step. Feel your arms becoming very heavy. So heavy you can hardly lift them… it is a good feeling of relaxed heaviness. Allow your arms to rest at your sides… feeling loose and heavy. Your legs might even be getting heavier as well. Feel the heaviness in your legs… a warm, pleasant feeling.
You might even become a bit sleepy as you get closer and closer to relaxation. That’s okay. Allow your mind to drift and your body to relax, heavy and comfortable.
Moving down the stairway, down, down… almost to the bottom now…. when you reach the bottom you will be pleasantly relaxed. Notice how your whole body is relaxed and heavy now. Becoming more and more relaxed… deeper and deeper.
Take the last few steps down to the bottom of the stairway…..
Reaching the bottom now…. a state of calm and relaxation. Peaceful and relaxed.
Rest quietly for a few moments… enjoying the relaxation you are experiencing.
Think now about a skill you would like to learn. Perhaps you want to learn an instrument, learn to play the guitar for example. Notice how being relaxed allows you to think with clarity, and prepares you for optimal learning.
You are fully capable of learning this new skill. Imagine yourself learning, practicing…. easily picking up the skills you desire. Easily memorizing and remembering the necessary details. Picture yourself as you learn an instrument…. learning to play skillfully, and enjoying the process. See yourself as you play for fun… and as you enjoy yourself, you are picking up on a new skill.
Imagine yourself playing the notes easily and accurately.
You may notice that you are filled with a desire to learn an instrument, full of motivation and interest in playing and learning.
You might even find yourself practicing for a few minutes each day to learn an instrument.
Notice that you can review mentally the process of playing the instrument. This mental practice is as effective as physically practicing.
Take a moment now to envision yourself practicing, learning this new skill that is important to you.
This meditation to learn an instrument is most effective when followed by actual physical practice. Perhaps you will find a few minutes after this session concludes to actually pick up the instrument and practice.
Feel the excitement and interest… looking forward to the enjoyment you will experience with playing the instrument. Learning is enjoyable. Know that you will make mistakes as you go, and will learn from them in order to become even more skilled.
Take a few moments now to enjoy how relaxed you are feeling… and to enjoy the anticipation of looking forward to practicing…. eager to learn an instrument.
Feel your confidence building, knowing that you can quickly and easily expand your skills.
Enjoy the confidence, the anticipation, the interest you feel. Learning new skills enhances your life. You are probably looking forward to the richness this new skill…. this hobby… will bring.
Take a few more moments to meditate on the idea of learning to play an instrument. Feeling a range of positive emotions as you think about the process.
Now it is time to conclude your relaxation experience, while keeping with you a relaxed feeling.
Imagine that you are at the bottom of a stairway. At the top of the stairway is a state of alert and calm. With each step up, you become more and more awake.
Picture yourself beginning to ascend the stairway. Taking a step up, becoming slightly more awake, more alert.
Take another step up, and another, feeling your body and mind reawaken more and more with each step.
Continue up the stairway, nearing the middle of the stairway. Becoming more awake. More alert. Feeling your energy increasing, flowing through your body.
Climb further up the stairway, another stair, and another, more awake with each one. Nearing the top of the stairway. Only three steps left before you reach your usual level of awareness, feeling calm yet alert and energized.
Three…. two….. one.