Depending upon the form of meditation, music plays a big role in achievement of success in any discourse. If you are thinking of using music for the reflective session, it is imperative to understand the different styles of relaxing music and how they affect you during the process. However, before we get there; let’s start by answering why you should use music while you practice the action of meditation or deep contemplation.
Music and Meditation
For different people, meditation has different goals and some truly feel listening to music during the course is helpful. The thought would probably not be well-accepted by tradionalists and in fact, in no Buddhist lineage has there been a citation of any type of musical addition to the session. Moreover, they always believed there should be complete silence in the background while meditating.
Music and deep contemplation is a very modern notion and is sourced from alternative health practitioners who play background relaxing music when they perform their healing arts. The main motive of bringing music into the process is to help mediators to not get distracted by external noises and sounds that can distract their mind. More than relaxing and curbing distraction, music produces pleasant feelings and forces them to reach deeper into themselves to find their own sources of happiness. Moreover, the soothing power of music has a direct link to inner emotions, which can be extremely effective as a stress management tool.
Types of Meditation Music
In today’s fast paced modern world, which can be piercing and demanding, many of us could use some instance to unwind and revivify. Thus, if you desire to practice a light meditation or if you just want to calm down your mind and loosen, most ambient meditation music forms would assist.
While most ‘new age music; is appropriate and helps ease in the course, some people in fact feel diverted after a certain point of deepness and stillness is accomplished in their thought process. This is mainly because most music is designed to amuse the listener and not composed with meditation core principles kept in mind. While it is enjoyable, it is not the paramount for deep deliberation.
If you are, however, looking to enhance the depth of your reflection, it is necessary to make use of dedicated music particularly composed for the purpose. This is because specialized music is composed with different principles of psychoacoustic in mind and is intended to slow down the mind, initiate the relaxation, soak up the concentration and lovingly influence the mind into a state of deep thought.
Some meditation music style examples are:
Soothing Music: Slow moving, low tempo music that is free from vocal recitals or excessive instrumentation. Most classical music that is smooth, relaxing and calming to the ears can be used to make certain effectual focus.
Nature Sounds: Probably the best way to get into the meditation state and help enhance concentration as well as calm the mind.
Mindfulness Bells: These recordings are not musical but are an extremely powerful aid. If you have not heard them previously, we’re sure your ears would thank you.
Gregorian Chanting: This is a style of baritone singing and has been used to aid meditation for centuries. Many primordial sounds like ‘Om’ are also commonly used during the rumination.
Binaural Music: Music that is composed of binaural beats can have a reflective and undeviating effect on your mind. This type of music is great when a deep state of relaxation is achieved.
Instrumental Music: This is a combination of music from different musical instruments including the violin, classical guitar, chimes, sitar, harp, piano, and flute among other smooth musical instruments.
Sonic Mantra Music: This is a specialized music form that encourages deep deliberation through musical mantras that are made from sounds.
Christian Music: If you are a devout Christian and want to meditate while concentrating on God or Jesus, consider using Christian music which is a blend of traditional Christian tunes and soft instrumental music.
Tips for Using Music for Meditation
Keep the volume low. Don’t allow music to dominate the surrounding and ensure it is serene and maintains a comfortable backdrop.
While headphones are not a must, they ensure the music feels as though they are coming from inside your mind. Headphones encourage deep absorption of the music and also help block external unrequited sounds.
Experiment with music. Although most soft and calming music is advisable, it is an excellent initiative to try diverse kinds of music as you never know, what will suit your concentration level the best. Until you’ve savored each array, you will not know what is accurate for you.
If you wish to meditate intensely, choosing the correct music is crucial. Restrain usage of music that is overly entertaining. While entertaining music might relax or help you wind down, it will not help you get into deep contemplation. Download some enormously soft, wistful, thoughtful and ambient relaxation and meditation music tracks from different free music sites, which you will find on the internet, like for example http://www.neosounds.com or http://www.live365.com.
When selecting the appropriate music, it is very important to keep in mind that the music must be able to persuade you into deep concentration and not deep sleep.
Many people use specific music to help prepare their minds for the process. Prior to going into the reflection state, they listen to such music to calm their minds and prepare it for a deeper and more en-richening experience.
All around the world, various events take place that teach you how to meditate with music. In fact, many have specific themes that help the practicer to get into the process more easily.
On the 17th of August, Jan Kraybill (principal organizer for Community of Christ in Independence) will inaugurate the year of concerts with a motivating recital at the Helzberg Hall in Kansas City. The dominant theme for the classical music season will be World War I and various music groups plan concerts that will investigate the ‘war to end all wars’. The music chosen by Kraybill will provide as a meditation on the distressing war and hopes the power of music will educate, connect and inspire us all to better things. The concert will be much more than simple uninteresting history and will be an expression of individual worries and hopes.
If you’d like to hear some of the most difficult pieces ever written for piano, you must not miss out on music from Charles Ives ‘Concord Sonata’ that will be played by pianist Robert Pherigo on the 17th August at the Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral in Kansas City.
Ensemble Iberica had a successful concert last month when they played Portuguese soul music that was devoted to the Iberian peninsula and Latin America. The group’s next program will be presented twice at the Polsky Theatre at Johnson County Community College (August 16) and the Lied Center Pavilion in Lawrence (August 15). This time the group will be joined by saxophonist Mark Southerland, flamenco dancer Melinda Hedgecorth and vocalist Daniel Azcarate.