So you’ve discovered the magic of meditation—that’s fantastic. Meditation is undoubtedly a great way to de-stress. Its power can be harnessed to achieve a variety of goals, from total relaxation to mindfulness, weight loss and better sleep—even anger management.
Whether you’re a newbie or a veteran, you’d agree that music is a wonderful tool to make the process more effective and enjoyable. Music sets the tone, creates a pleasant atmosphere and sends out subliminal messages to the listener, which in turn dictates the mood.
So go ahead and choose from music and sounds such as Gregorian chants, Tibetan singing bowls, ocean sounds, bird songs, flute melodies, ancient Sanskrit mantras or kirtans, or simply the pitter-patter of raindrops. But how does one go about choosing the perfect kind of music for meditation? Avoid shrill, synth-produced sounds and go for music that has a rhythm that matches the style of meditation you prefer. While this sounds simple enough, you could truly enhance your meditative process by shortlisting music with these tips in mind.
Catch The Beat
It would be a good idea to pick music that is no faster than 60 beats per minute (Western classical music such as Mozart or Beethoven), which is also the normal rate of the heartbeat. Pick music that is slow and soothing, not fast and pacey with too many instruments.
Keep It Sweet
If it annoys you even the slightest bit, you are likely to lose focus and lose out on the whole point of meditation. Your selection should be something you wouldn’t mind listening to even when you’re not meditating. Of course, you shouldn’t pick something that is too engrossing either, or you will lose focus yet again.
Try It Before You Buy It
While the description on the CD or in the iTunes store might sound interesting, it is highly recommended that you sample the music before committing to it. Otherwise, you may continue playing it only because you purchased it, even though it isn’t right for you.
Shut Out The Memories
Avoid playing music that reminds you of a particular person, place or event. You don’t want to be bogged down by memories that might induce a specific mood. The idea of meditation is to be free of any thoughts.
Stick To The Instrumentals
Instrumental music or musical compositions without lyrics will ensure that you don’t lose focus to the meaning of the song, and simply enjoy the rhythm. Choose neutral, ambient sounds such as rainfall, ocean waves or the chirping of birds.
Choose well and enjoy your journey into your inner self. Here’s to a calmer, stronger and more vibrant you.