What is Meditation Music?

Music has long been known to evoke feelings of happiness, passion, excitement or even anger and fear.

For meditation, we commonly use music to help people feel calm and relaxed as it can help the mind shake off stress and feel at ease, without you consciously thinking about it.

At the same time, the beat of music can often help slow your breathing down and bring your thoughts to the present.

Is it better to meditate with music?

Some people think it’s not possible to meditate and listen to music at the same time, especially if they’re practising a mantra or concentrating on the breath. In contrast, others simply prefer to meditate in silence to increase their focus.

Ultimately, it’s your decision, and as always there’s no right or wrong, but if you feel music will enhance your practice, then here’s some more useful information.

What music can be used for meditation?

Classical

Classical music is a perfect accompaniment to meditation because it’s often very soft and pleasing to the ear and easy to listen to.

Popular composers to listen to are Bach, Mozart, Severin Blazer and Beethoven.

Ambient Sounds

Nature sounds like those from the ocean or forest are particularly popular because they often help you feel relaxed and peaceful, and help to take you to a quiet place in your mind as you subconsciously imagine yourself amid nature.

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Forest Ambience
  • Forest Ambience

Chanting

Gregorian chanting is a way of singing in a really deep and low tone, it was developed in western and central Europe between the ninth and tenth century and often accompanied the Church mass.

The unique thing about Gregorian chanting is that it has no harmony or rhythm, meaning that it’s probably the simplest and purest form of ‘music’.

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Gregorian Chanting
  • Gregorian Chanting

Instrumental music

Instrumental music can be a great way to help you achieve a greater sense of relaxation. Some people prefer to listen to familiar instruments like guitars, violins or piano.

In contrast, others may opt for quartz instruments such as the crystal singing bowl, spirit drum or the Koshi chimes.

These special instruments have typically been tuned to a particular frequency aligning with the human energy centres also known as chakras, in the hope to restore any imbalance.

Is it good to sleep to meditation music?

Listening to music can improve your sleep. The Sleep Foundation reported that music “has a direct effect on the parasympathetic nervous system, which helps your body relax and prepare for sleep.”

The organisation said older adults who listen to 45 minutes of relaxing music prior to bedtime “fall asleep faster, sleep longer, wake up less during the night, and rate their nights as more restful than when they don’t listen to music.”