Meditation music is music performed to aid in the practice of meditation. It can have a specific religious content, but also more recently ha been associated with modern composers who use meditation techniques in their process of composition, or who compose such music with no particular religious group as a focus. The concept also includes music performed as an act of meditation.
We all know the experience of hearing a favorite song and feeling a rush of pleasure or instantly starting to tap our feet. Music has powerful and diverse effects on both the body and mind, influencing breathing and heart rate, triggering the release of hormones, stimulating the immune system, and boosting the brain’s cognitive and emotional centers.
There’s no one single type of reaction to music. That’s part of what makes music such a unique and powerful tool. Different melodies, tempos, and rhythms can trigger vastly different reactions, as can music with lyrics or music without words. Then there are our unique, individual emotional responses to music and the memories we each associate with music that’s familiar to us. (Music activates many parts of the brain, including the hippocampus, which processes memories.)
As a tool to improve sleep, soothing, relaxing music can:
- Slow breathing
- Lower heart rate
- Lower blood pressure
- Quiet the nervous system
- Ease muscle tension
- Reduce stress and anxiety
- Trigger the release of sleep-friendly hormones, including serotonin and oxytocin
- Reduce sleep-stifling hormones like cortisol
What Is Meditation Music?
Meditation is a method of bringing clarity in your thoughts. It allows you to cultivate new, positive ways of being. With regular work and patience, it can have a transformative effect and lead to a new understanding of life.
Music also has transformative powers. The combination of rhythm and melody has a tremendous ability to influence our minds. When we are listening to a piece of music with a slow rhythm, in a major key, with no harsh elements, it can bring us to a more relaxed and soothing place.
Meditative music uses this calming style of music to aid your meditation practice, but it can have beneficial effects on all aspects of your life.
Benefits Of Meditation Music
There are many areas where meditation music can improve our meditation and our lives as a whole. Here are some of the key ones:
- Stress and Anxiety Relief: One benefit of listening to music while meditating is a reduction in the levels of stress and anxiety. When you listen to pleasant and soft music during meditation, you will feel calmer and the pressures of life fade. Outside of meditation, studies show that workplaces where meditation music is playing experience much lower levels of stress and lower levels of stress and anxiety than those that have loud music or no music playing at all.
- Sleep: Meditation music can help calm our nerves and take attention away from a noisy brain. It can also relax our bodies by stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system, which helps your body relax and prepare for sleep.
- Deeper Meditation: Practitioners have found the combination of music and meditation creates a soothing atmosphere that is conducive to stress relief. Not all practitioners feel this way, but that is okay because there is no single “right way” of practice. You need to do what works best for you; if music grounds and calms you, and brings you to a deeper understanding of yourself, then it will help your practice.
- Improves Physical Health: The marriage between meditation and music have benefits that will not only improve your mental health but your physical health as well. The calming atmosphere will assist your body in healing and resting. Whether your body is suffering from aches and pain or is just tired, this soothing process will replenish your body’s muscles and limbs.
- Helps Concentration: Due to its relaxing properties, meditation music provides an excellent soundtrack for long study sessions or any task which requires significant attention. If you find that your mind tends to wonder, meditative music can help bring focus.
- Yoga & Spa: Whether you’re enjoying a soothing hot bath at home, a visit to a spa, or practice yoga, you will benefit more when you are deeply relaxed. Listening to meditation music can help you let go and surrender to relaxation, just what you need when you are at the spa or yoga class.
- Mindful Meals: Eating on the go, eating in response to stress and eating fast are unhealthy habits. Experts agree that relaxing and slowly eating plays a vital role in the digestion process. Relaxing music creates a tranquil environment for you and your family that makes mealtime a healthier and more pleasurable experience.
How it works
Music meditation uses different aspects of sound to improve your emotional and physical well-being. How it works depends on the method being used. Most music medotation sessions are experienced one-on-one with a specially trained practitioner.
A session may involve sitting or lying down while listening to music or sounds from a speaker or instruments, or having vibrations applied using a special tool, such as a tuning fork. Depending on the method, you may be encouraged to participate by singing, moving, or even using a musical instrument, or you may need to remain still and quiet to let the sounds take effect.
How To Do
- Find Your Space: Set up a meditation space. Somewhere calm, quiet, and not too cluttered. Setting up a comfortable atmosphere will help to create the right mood for meditation and you can return to the same space to practice.
- Find Time: Choose a time when your mind is calm.As soon as you wake up in the morning, before looking at your phone, computer, or talking to anyone would be ideal.
- Establish a Routine: Using the same time and place each day will create a space and routine. Then you will be able to relax into the practice more quickly.
- Be Comfortable: Sit comfortably, with your spine tall and your chin tucked down slightly. Make sure you are warm and supported by a wall or blanket if you need to.
- Remember to Breathe: Breathe deeply. Regulating your breath will help your mind and body to relax.You could start with five minutes deep breathing and then slow it down.
- Don’t Be Attached: Your mind will wander, thoughts will be jumping in. Allow them to pass by. Do not attach yourself to the thoughts. Acknowledge them and allow them to pass by. If you get anxious that you are thinking too much, then you will become restless and find it harder to relax.
- Focus: Setting your attention on a point may help you focus. You can use an image or bring your attention to one of your chakras or even one of your body parts, like your heart. Keep the eyes closed and focus on your intention, resting the mind here.
- Observe: Detach yourself from your thoughts. You can keep the concentration on one point while watching your mind.See what comes up.
- Meditate: Meditation comes when you reach a state of pure thought. You are aware of the mind and thus can witness the self.
- Build Your Practice: You can begin to practice for ten minutes a day, building up your practice as you get used to it and find more stillness. Taking ten minutes to meditate in the morning will give you time, awareness, and concentration throughout the day. We possess a source of wisdom, peace, and happiness deep inside us. With a little practice we can begin to access it and all the worries that we had begin to drift away. We are getting to know our true selves, and that is a beautiful thing!