Looking for some tips on how to get the most out of your QuietSelf Experiences? This page will help get you started with the many Experiences, Intentions and Mind States included in your subscription.
And if you have questions, you can always reach out to us on the Contact page. We’d love to hear from you any time.
How to Use Your QuietSelf Subscription
1. Wear headphones or earbuds.
QuietSelf meditations are designed to be immersive, evocative Experiences. Headphones or earbuds will help you quickly escape from the chaos of the day and enter meditation quickly and easily. They’ll also allow you to receive the benefits of the brainwave technology we use in our audio tracks. You can read more about this technology here.
And, subtly, using something as simple as headphones or ear buds each time you engage a QuietSelf Experience will help support good habit development. Putting them on becomes a signal to yourself that you are devoting your focus to the Experience. It’s support for the ultimate exploration of “me time”.
2. BEGIN AT ANY BEGINNING.
When it comes to using your QuietSelf subscription, there’s no right way and no wrong way to begin.
Some people like to choose one of the Intentions, and then from that category begin with either a single-session Experience, or begin a 7-Day program. Some jump into a 4-week course immediately. Others head straight for the Mind States, choosing to continue their solo practice with the benefit of the many timed non-guided music tracks as support. Still others browse the Experiences section and choose whatever strikes their fancy that day.
The essential thing is that you simply begin with a single step, and then another, and another. Always remember that the most important step in any journey isn’t the first or the last; it’s the decision to continue. All movement flows from that.
3. REVISIT AND REPEAT EXPERIENCES OFTEN.
All QuietSelf Experiences are designed to be repeated. In fact, the more you repeat them, the more benefit you receive.
You’ll find built-in repetition in many of our multi-day and 4-week courses. In this regard, QuietSelf Experiences have something in common with yoga poses. You don’t learn a yoga asana just once and then rush off to learn the next, and the next and the next. You work on the pose until you understand its basic mechanics. And then the real fun begins: you stop working on it, and you begin allowing it to work on you.
Think of how many downward facing dogs you’ll do in your lifetime. It’s the same pose, but it’s different each time. Even in the same yoga session! That’s what QuietSelf.com meditation Experiences are like. So, revisit the Intentions and Mind States often. Favorite various Experiences that appeal to you. (You can view your favorites on your My Quiet Self page.) Even return to Experiences that didn’t seem to do much for you the first time.
Repeat, repeat, repeat. And then repeat again. This is why it’s called practice :)))
4. FIND A PLACE WHERE YOU CAN BE QUIET.
If you’re using the QuietSelf library to support seated meditation, it’s important that you’re able to keep your attention on the Meditation you’re practicing. Decide on a place where you feel safe and can relax, undisturbed, for the duration of the Experience. It doesn’t have to be a special meditation room, or even a corner of your home, complete with cushions, candles and incense. (It can be, but it doesn’t have to be.) Your meditation spot can even vary from day to day, if that’s what suits your lifestyle. It can be in your office, on a train or even in the park – anywhere that’s convenient, as long as you’re comfortable keeping your eyes closed and your ears attuned to the Meditation audio. The important thing is that no one will be actively trying to get your attention during your session.
Also, be sure to turn off any notifications on your computer or mobile device. This way, your session won’t be interrupted with an email from work or a call from a friend.
Then, close your eyes, take a deep inhalation and exhalation, and enjoy yourself.
5. EVEN FIND A WAY TO STAY QUIET IN A CROWD.
Many subscribers find benefit in using their QuietSelf subscription even outside of meditation or even contemplation time. In fact, our Mind States are great as background support to many daily tasks. These can range from the sublime (prayer, for example) to the mundane (gardening, cooking, errands, etc). There is no human task that cannot be made more spiritually meaningful, and our Experiences, arranged for easy access on your mobile device, support this goal-on-the-go.
For this kind of usage, you don’t even need to turn off notifications on your mobile device. Just slip on your earbuds and let one of our music-only Experiences, or even one of our voice-guided meditation Experiences, accompany you on your day. We promise that it’ll take work tasks, errands, even nightly wind-down time to a whole new depth of centered awareness and insight.
NOTE: Due to the deeply relaxing nature of all QuietSelf audio, we specifically recommend that you do not use our any of our audio Experiences while driving or working with or near heavy machinery. In fact, it’s part of our terms of service. You can check that out here if you’d like.
6. ALWAYS, BE KIND.
Be kind to yourself, and patient. Whether you’re an experienced meditator, or just starting out, give yourself permission to enjoy your meditation time. Allow it to take root in your daily or weekly routine. If you find that you have a tendency to fall asleep if you make yourself “too comfortable” when you meditate, try making yourself just slightly less comfortable. If you find that your mind continues to race through shopping lists and memories of political blogs while you’re trying to focus on just the breath, give yourself permission to let the mind tire itself out. And then try again. We structured QuietSelf.com around INTENTIONS, rather than goals, as a way to help you be kind to yourself. Treat yourself as you would treat your best friend. Because when it comes right down to it, you are.
And always be kind to others. Everyone is struggling and doing their best. The more compassion you can allow yourself to feel – and the more kindness you allow yourself to express – the easier it will be to sleep, to wake up, to work, to focus, to have fun, and to be happy. Meditation is a terrific road to kindness. Travel far.
4 IMPORTANT THINGS TO REMEMBER
Remember QuietSelf EXPERIENCES. These are the deeply immersive audio tracks that make up the full content of the QuietSelf library. This includes both voice-guided tracks and music-only audio tracks. They are the building blocks used to create QuietSelf Intentions and QuietSelf Mind States. Your paid subscription entitles you to access all Experiences individually, organized by time length. You are free to choose any Experiences of any length that appeals to you at any time.
Remember QuietSelf INTENTIONS. Filled with primarily voice-guided meditation and visualization Experiences, QuietSelf Intentions are arranged into heart-centered affirmation sub-categories. Working with Experiences from the Intentions categories is perfect for anyone interested in learning new meditation techniques, and for those who simply enjoy a sense of personal accompaniment to their meditation practice. They’re like going to a meditation class where a teacher guides you through a meditation or set of meditations that interest you.
Remember QuietSelf MIND STATES. This section of your paid subscription provides over 28 hours of deeply immersive, non-guided audio tracks of music and sound design. These special Experiences allow you to either retire from stimulation around you (for meditation, etc) or to be “in the world but not of the world” as you go about your day. At essence, QuietSelf Mind States provide non-verbal audio accompaniment to living a spiritually-centered life.
Remember YOURSELF. Remember who and what you are, why you are, and even simply that you are. Remember that you create the reality that seems to swirl around you. Remember that you are unique and, at your deepest essence, you are soul and spirit. You are divine expression in corporeal form. There are no words to express the magnificence of you, or how grateful we are that you are here.
MEDITATION IS AN INDIVIDUAL EFFORT WITH UNIVERSAL MEANING.
SIMPLY PUT, THE WORLD IS A BETTER PLACE WHEN YOU MEDITATE.