The Ultimate Guide to Music Meditation
Music meditation has been on the spotlight for many ears now and the reasons are many. In this post we’ll be covering the main types of meditation techniques and the special place of music meditation amongst them.
What is Meditation?
Meditation is a mental exercise in which an individual focuses on achieving a heightened sense of awareness and emotional stability. This can be achieved by practicing one of the many types of meditation techniques.
We won’t be able to cover all of the techniques in a single blog post. However, we will be covering the major groups of meditation, including music meditation.
Main Meditation Techniques
There are countless ways to approach meditation. However, regardless of the type you want to practice, whichever you chose will fall in either of the following two:
- Focused Meditation – Also known as concentrative meditation, it’s the practice in which a person focuses in one particular thing at a time. Commonly, breath, feelings or an idea in particular.
- Open Monitoring Meditation – Of course you’ve heard about this one before! thing is, people mostly refer to it as “Mindfulness”. Opposite to focused meditation, open monitoring is the technique of becoming open to your thoughts without staying focused on transient emotions, rather, letting them go instead.
What are the Benefits of Meditation?
The benefits of meditation are many and their effectiveness may vary depending on which technique you are willing to practice. Focused meditation tends to sharpen the mind, whereas open monitoring meditation is more related to stress reducing capabilities.
Whether it is one or the other, any type of meditation is known to be beneficial for the following:
- Improves memory
- Helps you get better sleep
- Slows your time perception, allowing days to be more profitable
- Improves concentration and your ability to focus on certain tasks
- Enhances self awareness
- Helps regulate blood pressure
- Control chronic pain
How to Start Meditating?
Anyone can meditate at any time. There is no required skill to start meditating, just the will to do it. You can start by practicing 5 minutes per day, or even every two to three days, the amount of time does not matter as long as you start doing it.
Simply sit down anywhere you can, set up a timer depending on the amount of time you are willing to dedicate and you’re all set!
Regarding the technique, it totally depends on what you are willing to improve. If you’re willing to practice focused meditation try concentrating on something, a thought, your breath, the shape of an object. Just dont let it go, hold to your thought tightly and focus on not letting it slip away.
On the other hand if you want to practice mindfulness, relax and let your thoughts swing by. Don’t hold onto any of them.
At first it can be hard, but even if you feel like you’ve failed at some point, don’t worry about it, the next time you meditate you’ll improve, and that’s what meditation is about. You won’t become an expert from one day to another.
Does Music Help Meditation?
Music is a great tool that may help an individual dettatch himself from his own thoughts and surroundings. It is usually played in a very harmonious way, which helps quiet down the internal chattering in one’s mind.
However, there are two ways to go about music regarding meditation. with the above said, music can be firstly used as background music to enhance your experience. Thus, the songs you use shouldn’t be very loud or emotional at all, but rather soft and mellow.
Secondly, music can be used to practice music meditation techinque. This is a focused meditation method in which the person not only plays music on the background, but instead, focuses on the elements of the song itself, the instruments played, sound, tone and lyrics.
So, in short, music meditation is a great tool for improving concentration, memory, and overall mental performance, but is also friendly for those who are not very familiar with meditation. This is due to the fact that blocking exterior noises while meditating is hard for begginers, but when speaking about music meditation, the music blocks out the noise by default.
What Music Should you Listen to While Meditating?
Well, this is a tricky one. When one thinks about meditation music, mellow and harmonious tracks come into mind. And this is a perfect fit if you’re looking to musicalize your yoga class. However, when practicing music meditation, anything can work, from pop to rock. The key here is not to relax and fall asleep while listening to a song, but rather focusing on every single element the song has to offer.
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