Meditation and Music

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Achieving a calm, relaxing meditation can be difficult for beginners, and sometimes even for the experienced. Distractions can prevent us from clearing the mind so that we can reach a peaceful state.

We can create a tranquil environment with burning sage and candles, but a barking dog can easily disturb a meditative session. Music can help us silence the noisy neighbors and honking traffic that can interfere with our attempt at nirvana.

Music can also be used to quell the mental distractions as we pursue bliss. The day’s stress or a lingering issue can prolong our preparation or totally block us from clearing the mind. (Ear worms can be annoying as well.) By focusing on the melodic sounds, the irritating thoughts will dissipate.

Selecting the genre of music is important – it depends on your preferences and what you wish to accomplish during meditation. Certain types of music arouse certain types of meditations. Think about the music you listen to when you are happy, melancholy, angry, or concentrating. Musical tones can affect us by calming our nerves, invigorating our strength, and stimulating our creativity.

There are dozens of genres of music, but we usually gravitate to the ones we know and like best. Although it is comfortable to listen to familiar music, it is a good idea to broaden our horizons by listening to unfamiliar music – after all meditation is all about enlightenment, exploration, and experimentation.

And there’s no need to spend money on dozens of CDs or itunes downloads since a cornucopia of music can be found on websites like Youtube or already exist in our collections.

Here are a few suggestions for meditation music - click a genre to hear it:
The Native American Flute can help achieve a shamanic meditation.Try Indian raga for a swirling, kaleidoscope experience.Tibetan monks' throaty, reverberating tones can induce a deep meditation.
Listen to the Aborigini didgeridoo for a soothing, humming melody.The fluctuating pitches of Gregorian Chant help explore levels of relaxation.A soft style of Classical Music can help achieve a peaceful meditation.

But whatever style of music you choose it is important that it be instrumental, without lyrics. Words can be a distraction and interrupt the rhythmic flow of music as well as influence thoughts and emotions during a meditation. Volume is important too so remember to set music at a level that is not loud and overwhelming.

At times, we listen to music to relax while we do household chores, drive, exercise, or celebrate at a party. Songs play overhead in elevators, shopping malls, and grocery stores. Music is involved in many aspects of our lives so it is very easy – and sensible – to incorporate it into meditation.


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