>> Yesterday, I came to a conclusion that while I'm listening to meditation music, my mind clears more easily and it is much easier to do the exercise. But if I stop the music, then all those thoughts come in, voices and I just cannot concentrate. Could this be a barrier in the future, if I for now keep listening to music, or should I just turn the music off and do it the harder way ? <<
The fact that listening to music makes concentration easier for you indicates that the part of your mind that otherwise distracts you is preoccupied with the music and thus doesn't distract you. The problem with continuing in this way is that there will always be a part of your mind over which you have no control due to the fact that you're avoiding a confrontation with it. But if you turn off the music and tough it out, you will eventually gain control over your whole mind instead of just part of it. I recommend that you turn the music off during your IIH exercises and confront your whole mind.
My best to you,
:) Rawn Clark
27 Jul 2002