It’s important to know what kind of music works best for a meditation practice. Today’s mix of tunes does not usually do well for a guided meditation because most genres in “new age music” aim for entertainment than relaxation. For a dose of light meditation or just simple relaxation, most forms of ambient meditation music should always come in handy. If you are aiming for some deep and serious meditation practice, it is advised that you use music that is only assigned for this purpose. These kinds of music are composed with the principles of psychoacoustic principles (psychology of sound), and they are not only designed to help you relax, but it also absorbs your attention and gently prepares your mind for a deep state of meditation.
Some examples of music that works best for a deep meditation session include:
1. Soothing meditation music – any kind of music with a very slow tempo that is free of lyrical performances, overgenerous instrumentation, and other distractive sounds is just fine to use.
2. Sonic mantra meditation music – applicable for a deep meditation session because it contains musical mantras that are made through sound.
3. Binaural music – this kind of music for relaxation are composed of binaural beats (a kind of audio that has two clear sounds of very similar frequencies that are presented one to each ear through the use of headphones, which the brain integrates into two signals, producing a third kind of sound called the binaural beat) that has intense effects on a person’s state of mind.
4. Mindfulness bells – these ones aren’t musical, but they sure are very powerful aids for meditation.
Here are some tips for maximizing the use of music for meditation:
Ø Always keep the volume down. Remember that the music shouldn’t dominate your mind because you want it to help you calm down. Keep the amount of volume that is just right for you to be able to relax.
Ø Headphones are not necessary for meditation practices, but it is highly advisable because using these will help you focus on relaxation, feel the rhythm coming from your mind, and get rid of distractions from the “outside world”.
Ø It is already mentioned to take note on what kind of music you are going to listen to if you wish to deeply relax. Avoid music that has too many combinations of beats and tunes, for these might distract you from meditating properly.
Ø Using meditation music prior to meditation certainly helps achieve that relaxed state of mind, but it is not necessarily needed. It’s okay to unwind without the use of such, but advisable to help you organize yourself for a deeper meditation experience.