Music has been an essential part of the cultural, social and ceremonial observances of our ancestors. Whether it is the didgeridoo (Aboriginal wind instrument) or the Ravanahatha (Indian string instrument), music is still enjoyed in its primitive form. So much so that it has found its way into meditative practices. That’s right! The soothing power of meditation music has a transformative effect on the body and mind. Let’s find out how.
What is Meditation Music?
Meditation and music might seem like two contradicting concepts. The former involves letting go of any conscious brain activities, whereas the latter stimulates our mind through your senses. However, meditation music blurs this line quite cleverly.
If your mind wanders off at the slightest distractions, meditation music is the way to go. It acts as a counter-balance for external sound sources by letting you concentrate on the musical notes.
How Does It Work?
Music can have a profound impact on our physical and emotional health. Fast-paced music can make you more alert and help you focus better. Want to feel a surge of optimism and positivity? Try listening to upbeat music. Similarly, a slower tempo, repetitive rhythms, and lo-fi beats calm your mind and relax your muscles.
Meditation music holds the tempo at around 60 BPM (beats per minute). When your brain synchronizes with this tempo, it produces alpha brainwaves (produces frequencies of 8-14 Hz). These frequencies are known to induce a sense of calm and consciousness. According to research by Stanford University, listening to music can change brain activity to a similar extent as medication. They also observed that music is a readily accessible stress management tool for anybody.
Types Of Meditation Music
So, what is the best type of music to relieve stress?
- If you’re inclined towards stringed-instruments, flutes or drums, try listening to music from ancient cultures (Celtic, Indian or Native American). These can effectively relax your mind even at mild volumes.
- Adding nature sounds can help you transcend your meditation routine. Sounds of falling rain, distant thunder and ocean waves, fire crackling and the rustling of trees can have a calming influence on your mind.
- Smooth jazz, classical music or electronic chill can be a good option for those who want a clear mind while working or studying. For this, the music has to be repetitive and static, without any surprising overtones or sudden rhythmic changes.
- Some people prefer the sounds of materials with distinct acoustic properties. Glass harps and singing bowls are quite popular because of their complex timbre and broad harmonic range.
We live in a world where stress, anxiety, and pressure are second nature to us. This kind of music is an ideal way to ward off these natural enemies. In order to live in the moment, we need to shift our focus to inner peace. Music and meditation can help you break the invisible wall of worrying thoughts by letting your new calm self take control.