Can you meditate with music? Have you ever tried meditation with music?
Maybe you are new to meditation and you want to try it out, but you don’t know where to start? Perhaps you have a lot of experience meditating, and you want to take it on a whole new level by spicing it up with the relaxing sounds and vibrations of some great compositions?
Music and meditation can be the perfect or the worst combination. It depends on how you combine them. So, how to meditate with music?
The answers to all of these and more questions can be found in the article below.
You will be also presented with some great advice and tips that will help you with your efforts to meditate effectively and you can start implementing them immediately after finishing reading.
Is Music a Good or a Bad Thing?
Many people have different opinions and attitudes when the question “Should we use music at all when meditating?” arises…
Some believe that music actually distracts one’s attention and defocusеs the practitioner from his or her main objective. They argue that the various sounds and melodies are like little annoying flies, constantly interrupting you and draining your attention.
On the other side, there are the people who actually support and recommend music, especially when it comes to mantra meditations. Also their arguments are that every person is different and what is good for one might be bad and misappropriate for other person.
Another argument is that music is best when combined with mantra meditations…it helps one follow the rhythm and go along with the tides of the music. It can also be used in every meditation, and it is really a matter of personal preference and choice.
Some people are more comfortable with the silence, and they prefer a quiet, non-disturbing room, some also prefer the peaceful environment but spiced up with some good composition that further relaxes and calms the vibrations in the outer world.
In my opinion, music can be great with all meditations, if used properly and correctly. It can actually help you to focus, and it can improve your ability for imagination and visualization.
So the question is what kind of music is best for meditation?
Types of Appropriate Music
Obviously if you chose to meditate with some heavy metal, punk or hard rock music will not do you any good. I personally don’t believe that someone can relax with that kind of music, even if they listen to it regularly.
The music produces a vibration, and regardless of you preferences of music, everyone can feel it, it’s in the air, it flows in and through you.
The best music for this purpose is calm, relaxing, meditative music that soothes the individual. There is also a new genre of music intended exactly for this purpose called “New Age” Music.
Some special subliminal music can be also used, melodies and compositions that produce alpha, theta and delta waves, which affects people on a subconscious level. However, this is not the kind of music that I’m talking about here.
I am talking about classical compositions, chill out music, music with nature sounds and calming beats, Chinese and Tibetan music that is created exactly for this purpose, and all related meditative melodies.
Here’s an example…
Don’t get me wrong, I am not suggesting that you should do this only with eastern music, in all parts of the world you can find relaxing and soothing music, so explore and find what best suits you.
How Can You Meditate With Music?
You see, meditations, visualizations, affirmations and music are the most effective and definitely the best way for acquiring higher and more powerful levels of vibration.
Your personal vibration attracts all the circumstances and situations in your life, in other words, your entire results are dependent upon what you are vibrating out into the world. Therefore, it would be wise to combine all of these techniques into one.
So, how to do this properly?
1. Remove all distractions
Find some quiet and peaceful location where nobody and nothing will disturb you. Dedicate special time only for yourself and turn off all your cell phones, laptops, iPads, and anything that can possibly disturb you.
If you live with your family, it is advisable to ask them if they will give you some privacy and promise not to disturb you for half an hour. Also, make sure that you choose a room with privacy like your bedroom for example, instead of meditating in the middle of the living room, keeping your family silent and turning their TV off…
2. Prepare yourself both physically and mentally
By preparing physically I mean clean your nose and go in the toilet if you need to, before starting with the meditation. The breathing process is extremely important, so you must be able to inhale and exhale without any difficulties.
By mentally I mean to stop worrying and put all your obligations and problems on standby. Let go of all resentment and guilt and dedicate some time for relaxation. Go with an open mind and don’t think about anything that disturbs you.
3. Play Your Music
Create a playlist and decide exactly what kind of music you want to listen to while meditating. Choose something that relaxes and calms you the most.
4. Observe your reactions and feelings
Meditate as you please and choose your favorite technique. I suggest to go with the breathing meditations at first and then to move onto some more advanced stuff.
However, observe how the music makes you feel.
Try to feel its vibrations and notice how your body responds to it. You might find out that you need to change songs. Perhaps the music is too loud for you. Maybe it is way too energizing and you can’t relax with it. Others might be too slow and you are afraid that you’ll fall asleep.
So decide what’s best for you and go with it.
5. Make it a Routine
Finally, if you just decide that music is not right for you, by all means go into the silence and meditate how you please. You can try going in those caves in Tibet if you prefer to (it’s a joke)…
We are all different. For some of us music with meditation will work, for some it will not. If you decide to use music, then follow the above tips and step into action.
Music can be a great way to raise your vibration and it can also contribute for relaxing and calming your mind. Meditate with music, and notice how your well being, health and happiness are getting improved every time you do it.
Finally, decide which music is the best for you and make it a routine. Meditate each and every day, and achieve your inner peace.