The Mindful Listener

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The Mindful Listener is a mindfulness training course with a focus on music. With 15+ hours of material, downloadable resources, live sessions and an interactive community discussion board, discover how to become a more perceptive and engaged listener while boosting your physical and mental wellbeing, enhancing creativity and reducing stress.

The full course will be launched in February 2022. Until then, check out the free first module below, as well as details on the forthcoming content and resources.



Mindful Listening Basics Part One

01 Introduction 06:52
This session introduces basic mindfulness concepts and outlines the purpose, content and structure of the course.
02 Observing the Breath (Practice) 08:04
The first practice in this series focuses on the breath, exploring our relationship with the alternating waves of our inhalation and exhalation. This meditation cultivates a calm awareness and encourages us to tune into the similarly gentle waves present in Erik Satie’s Gymnopedie No. 1.
03 Erik Satie — Gymnopédie No. 1 in D major (lent et douloureux) 03:01
Performed by Aldo Ciccolini (Piano), 1956, Salle de la Mutualité
04 Meditation Posture (Theory) 02:08
In this session, the question of posture and seating options in meditation are briefly discussed.
05 Mindfulness Then and Now (Theory) 03:05
This discussion touches upon historical and current cultural contexts of mindfulness practice, and explores the role of this practice in healthcare and athletics.
06 Mental Noting (Practice) 09:49
Here we are introduced to a key mindfulness practice, mental noting. This session explores how using this practice can help us both stay in the present as well as better observe and understand our thought processes. Elements of the nature of our thoughts processes find a metaphor in Arvo Pärt’s Fratres, to which we can bring an enhanced quality of attention.
07 Arvo Pärt — Fratres :
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08 Training Concentration (Theory) 02:35
The question of meditation for developing concentration and focus is discussed in this session. It introduces the body scan, the following practice, as one way to develop this skill.
09 Scanning the Body (Practice) 08:17
This meditation guides us through a well-known mindfulness practice, the body scan. It also explores the idea of embodied listening, and encourages us to tune in to our physiological responses, our “inner dance,” when listening to music—in this case, a dance suite movement by J. S. Bach.
10 J.S. Bach — Partita for Solo Violin No. 2 in D minor BWV 1004 — Sarabande 03:06
Performed by Arthur Grumiaux (Violin), 1961
11 Equanimity and Sound (Theory) 05:00
Equanimity is one of the most important concepts in mindfulness. This session explores some psychological perspectives on equanimity, and discusses this quality in the context of listening to music.
12 Awareness of Sound (Practice) 07:00
This practice focuses on how we perceive sounds and various layers of activity in the sonic spectrum. We are then encouraged to turn this heightened sensitivity to the shifting vocal textures in Caroline Shaw’s “and the swallow.”
13 Caroline Shaw — And the swallow :
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14 Breathing Quality (Theory) 02:09
In this session the question of how our body breathes is discussed, with a short guided exercise to promote deeper, abdominal breaths.
15 Seeing and Imagining (Practice) 08:03
Various perspectives on our visual field are explored in this practice. Alternating between having our eyes closed and open, it prompts us to consider the relationship between the spaces in which we see the world around us and imagine visual images. We are also encouraged to explore the process of visualizing during listening to music, using Ravel’s “Une barque sur l’océan” for an illustrative exercise of this process.
16 Maurice Ravel — Miroirs M 43 — Une barque 07:12
Performed by Abdel Rahman El Bacha (Piano), 1994, Poissy, Théâtre
17 Unpacking Sight (Theory) 01:36
Reflecting on the previous practice, this session touches upon biological and philosophical perspectives on the processing of visual stimuli.
18 Lake Meditation (Practice) 10:04
This meditation guides us through an imagery practice, using the concept of a lake to ease us into a calmer, less agitated state of mind. The image of water connects us to Debussy’s “Submerged Cathedral,” and we can continue to sink into this relaxed space while listening attentively to this work.
19 Claude Debussy — Préludes, Book I L 125 (117) — Cathédrale engloutie 05:37
Performed by Witold Małcużyński (Piano), 1956
20 Conclusion 02:58
This introductory series concludes with this quick summary of key concepts and a discussion of the further content available in the full course.

What’s Coming

  • Original Content

    15+ hours of content and a steady stream of new releases.

  • Focused Training Modules

    9 training modules on mindful listening, with more topics forthcoming.

  • Bonus Sessions

    Additional content including quick sessions for moods and situations, meditations for waking up and sleeping, extended meditations and more.

  • Additional Resources

    Articles and downloadable resources.

  • Live Interactive Sessions

    Monthly live video sessions with Nicolas Namoradze, including a guided meditation, discussions and the opportunity to ask any questions.

  • Community Learning

    An interactive community discussion board moderated by Nicolas, where you can contribute to monthly topics, post questions, engage in discussions and connect with fellow mindful listeners.

  • Individual Coaching

    The option to arrange for one-on-one video sessions with Nicolas.

About Mindful Listening

What is mindfulness?
Mindfulness is awareness, it is the purposeful paying of attention to one’s experience in the present moment, non-judgmentally. This may seem simple at first, but in reality this is an intricate and profound practice.
Why practice mindfulness?
There is a growing body of scientific literature that demonstrates the incredible effect mindfulness has on psychological and physical wellbeing. These include significant reductions in symptoms such as stress and anxiety and effectiveness in treating a range of conditions including depression, psychosis and addictions. Mindfulness has also become an important component in mental training for a range of disciplines such as athletics.
However, mindfulness isn’t only about stress relief or performance enhancement. Without cultivating our skills of attention, we can be prone to sleepwalking through life, largely being lost in thought without being aware of our own minds and mental processes. Mindfulness helps to pull us out of this state, and meditation is the formal practice of observing and training our own minds.
Why listen mindfully?
The process of listening to music is in fact an ideal one for cultivating mindfulness and for developing this quality of awareness. Mindfulness is also a powerful way for us to become better and more perceptive listeners, being more present for both the music we hear as well as our reaction to it.
The purpose of this series is two-pronged, and each of these compliments and strengthens the other. This course is structured like a meditation course, beginning with introductory concepts and progressing more deeply into the practice. As we become more mindful we become better listeners, finding richer and more fulfilling experiences when listening to any kind music. As our skills of such listening develop, these in turn yield greater mindfulness both in our formal practice as well as in our daily lives.
What kind of content will I hear in the course?
In this course, spoken sessions alternate with musical tracks. You’ll find two kinds of spoken tracks: theory and practice. The theoretical concepts are essential to developing the skills of mindfulness. The guided mindfulness practices, namely the meditations, are carefully paired with the musical tracks that follow each one, and these pieces music relate to the mindfulness principles in certain ways.
How should I work through the content?
While you can listen to the theory snippets anytime, the modules are designed so that the meditations plus the following musical tracks are heard in one go. The meditations thus serve to guide us into a particular headspace to listen to these pieces of music, and the latter part of each meditation will discuss some features of the work and how one can approach listening to it, giving cues that seek to enrich the experience. While the modules are structured like a course, you can return to and do any meditation as many times as you like: they’re not bits of information you learn and move on from, but instead practices that we can keep coming back to. This also goes for the meditations you’ll find in the Additional Content section.

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