after doing a bunch of research on whether it was bull**** or not, i started meditating a few weeks ago. honestly, i can say that mentally/emotionally i have never felt better.
if you look around there are plenty of ways to meditate. you don't technically need music but this my personal routine, can go anywhere from 30min-1hr:
>i sit with my eyes closed and listen to a theta wave pattern for 10-20 minutes (posted below)
while i do this i just clear my thoughts completely and remain focused on breathing, breathe in through the nose and out through the mouth.
here's what i usually listen to (you need stereo headphones):
-i will make another post in here about this. but basically its called a theta wave, and when you hear it the sound synchronizes with the waves produced by your brain to relax you and increase focus:
>after i listen to the waves, i follow this 10min guided meditation (geared towards students):
>at that point i'm in a super-relaxed state and i'll usually listen to some music that has embedded frequencies, these are some epic ones especially the 2nd:
if you did it right, you will feel like you just ripped a bong and get a huge rush of positive endorphins from listening to the music.. no better way to start your day.
a couple months ago, i noticed i had developed a case of nerves/anxiety (heart would beat fast in social situations, couldn't talk smoothly, etc) as a result of adhd meds.. i know it was the meds because i was NEVER like that before. when i would go out in public, my brain would just go into overdrive and i would overthink things and become mentally distressed. meditating has reduced all of that to zero, to the point where i can walk up to random girls on the street and start a convo and be completely relaxed about it.
meditation teaches you to separate yourself from your emotions and be in complete control of your life. for most people life is like a roller coaster.. something "bad" happens to them they feel ****ty, something "good" happens to them they get happy and optimistic again. when you meditate, you realize how ridiculous that is. your emotions and feelings, actually mean nothing. YOU are the one who decides how you feel, no outside influence can actually change your emotional state. if you want to not care about something, literally all you have to do is tell yourself not to care and then just go about your day. my emotions went from being a cloud over me that decided how i would feel, to a little ball of playdough in my hand.
for people who complain that meditation is too long, boring, etc.. the fact that you do not have the willpower to sit still for 10-20 minutes a day is exactly why you will never accomplish anything in life.