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30 pieces of classical music all under 2 minutes

Last year I ran a poll with one question: What is the number 1 reason for why you don’t regularly meditate? 
35% of people in this poll all said that the *number 1 reason* for not meditating regularly is they don’t have time.
And I get it – which is why I tell people that, on my busy days, my morning meditation is 2 minutes. It’s strange that the misconception with mindfulness is that you need half an hour or more to do a meditation. It’s just not the case.

Don’t get me wrong, to have a healthy and nourishing mindfulness routine we need a balance of shorter and longer meditations. For instance, you may only have time for a short breathing meditation during the working week. On Saturday you may be able to commit to a walking meditation and early Sunday morning you might be able to lie down for 35 minutes. Or not! It doesn’t matter how hectic life is, mindfulness can be practised in smaller or longer bite sized quantities. It’s about making it work for your lifestyle.

So, how do we ensure meditation is accessible, easy, and effective? Well, we make it that way.

Music is a fantastic way to centre the mind, focus the body, and have a moment to yourself. A lot of people will give this reason when asked why they meditate in the first place. I personally love introducing people to classical music as well because usually it’s unknown and unfamiliar so the experience you get is fresh, exciting and intriguing.
So, I’ve gathered 30 pieces of classical music all under 2 minutes (the shortest being 30 seconds long!) that will perfectly accompany a meditation.

How do we meditate with music in 5 simple steps.

1. Sit or lie down in a comfortable quiet spot.
2. Choose a piece of music from below (if you’re listening through your phone, try to avoid holding or looking at your phone whilst listening. If possible, put it totally out of site)
3. Try to listen without judgement and more from the point of view of curiosity and interest.
4. If your mind wanders off, don’t worry, this is totally normal – just recognise where your mind has gone and gently guide it back to the music.
5. Once finished, take a moment and ask yourself how you feel and reflect on the experience.

30 pieces under 2 minutes

1. Myrthen, Op. 25 – version for Cello and Piano: XXIV. R, Schumann. K Soltani (1:50)
2. Brook Green Suite: I Prelude. G Holst (1:35)
3. Solfeggio No. 1 in C minor. C.P.E Bach (0:58)
4. ‘S Wonderful. G Gershwin, New York Philharmonic (1:01)
5. Cello Sonata No. 3 in A major, Op. 69: III Adagio cantabile. L Beethoven (1:59)
6. Concerto for Strings in G major, RV 151, Alla Rustica: I. Presto. A Vivaldi (1:20)
7. A Catalogue of Afternoons, P Villegas (1:42)
8. Carnival of the Animals, R. 125: Aviary. C Saint-Saens (1:10)
9. Peace I Leave with You, A Beach (1:39)
10. Why Fum’th In Fight, T Tallis (0:57)
11. 5 variants of Dives and Lazarus: Variant III, R Vaughan Williams (1:47)
12. Recomposed: Vivaldi, The Four Season: Spring 0, M Richter (0:42)
13. Violin Sonata No. 2 in D major: III. Presto, E Jacquet de La Guerre (1:39)
14. 24 Preludes, Op. 28: No. 7, Andantino, F Chopin (0:36)
15. J’eux d’enfants, Op. 22: III. Impromptu, G Bizet (1:04)
16. Symphony No. 1 in A major, Op. 25: III. Gavotte, S Prokofiev (1:36)
17. Lagrima, F Tarrega (1:35)
18. Sinfonia a 4 in C major: II. Adagio, G Torelli (0:30)
19. Sonatina No. 1 in C major: II. Andanta, M Clementi (1:32)
20. Piano Sonata No. 16, K. 545: III Rondo, W Mozart (1:42)
21. 16 Waltzes, Op 39: No. 15, C Finch (1.48)
22. Enigma Variatons, Op. 36: Theme. Andante, E Elgar (1:59)
23. Dance of the Cygnets, Westminster Concert Orchestra (1:34)
24. Sylvia: Pizzicato, L Delibes (1:45)
25. 2 Pieces for Violin and Piano: No. 2, Cortege, L Boulanger (1:41)
26. Henry V: Touch her soft lips and part, W Walton (1:34)
27. Scriabin: 24 preludes, Op 11: No. 21, A Scriabin (1:47)
28. Goldberg Variations, Variation 1 (Arranged for Harp), P Ramsay (1:57)
29. Frost, G Olafs (1:48)
30. Naturo: Alone Theme, T Masuda (1:38)
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Thank you for reading. As always, please email over any thoughts, questions or experiences.

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