Meditation is an age-old practice that is one of the most popular ways today to calm and rediscover oneself. The practice of meditation can take many forms, and it can be used in some key ways.
- Meditation is used widely as a stress reliever, for relaxation and to reverse the effects of stress on the body. If it’s included in your daily routine, it helps to build resilience, and manage emotional stress.
- The effects of music on your body are quite powerful. Research shows us that music can alter your behaviour, mood, as well as your physical body.
- Music is widely acknowledged as one of the best ways to relieve anxiety, stress, and refocus your mind.
When you merge the two, meditation, and music, their potential impact on your mind and body is tremendous. Music enhances experiences; it helps joggers keep pace and writers keep focus. In the same way, music can significantly enhance the meditative experience.
What Is Musical Meditation?
Musical meditation is the use of particular types of music, specially crafted to improve your meditation. The music adds a new layer to the experience by increasing the intensity of the experience.
What Is The Science Behind Musical Meditation?
The branch of science that studies the perception of sound and its effects on different experiences is called psychoacoustics.
Scientific research into musical meditation has been
ongoing for many years and has provided important data and insight into how
sound affects both the physical, mental health of an individual
Music is a natural way to shift the intensity and speed of your thoughts. Different musical arrangements, or types of music, have unique frequencies, which induce different brainwave states. These different brainwave states offer various mental benefits.
Musical meditation uses this knowledge to combine different meditation techniques with different music to improve the overall meditative experience.
Benefits of Musical Meditation
Some key benefits of musical meditation are:
- Stress and Anxiety Relief: listening to music while meditating reduces the levels of stress and anxiety far quicker than meditating in silence. Not only do you feel much calmer, and experience much lower stress and anxiety levels, this state remains with you for much longer after meditating.
- Sleep: musical meditation calms the nerves and channels thoughts quietening the noise in your brain. Additionally, it prepares the body for sleep by stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system.
Meditation: musical meditation creates an ideal, soothing
atmosphere that makes it easier for you to de-stress. This allows you to go
deeper into the meditative state.
- Improved Physical Wellbeing: the benefits of musical meditation extend beyond mental health to your physical wellbeing as well. It enables you to attain more profound states of rest, giving your body ample time to recuperate and heal.
- Improves Concentration: musical meditation trains the mind to focus. By making it easier to quieten the mind, it improves your ability to quieten your mind and focus, for a longer period.
Steps for Musical Meditation
- Select the music that you find relaxing: select the type of music you enjoy. There are several genres of music from which you can choose. It may be preferable to opt for music without singing, as lyrics may be a distraction to your mind.
- Relax and get a Comfortable Position: you do not have to sit with your legs crossed. Find a position that you are comfortable, try a few, and find what works for you. Settle into your position, close your eyes, relax your muscles, breathe through your diaphragm, and clear your mind.
- Focus on the music: if you find your thoughts wandering, turn all your attention to the present and be in the moment. Try to feel the music, feel the sound and the feelings it evokes in you. This will help still your mind.
Repeat these steps, and soon enough, you will master the art of Musical meditation.