Music is a very powerful tool when used correctly. If you are having a bad day it can completely change your mood from angry to happy. If you are running in a marathon, the right song can motivate you to push harder to the finish line. It can also make you very sad if an emotional song is playing that brings back memories of the past. Every human emotion that there is can be triggered with a musical composition, and that is just barely scratching the surface. The power music has on the human mind is undeniable. However, the question at hand is “Can music help me have a better meditation experience?”. The short answer is “Yes, absolutely”. If you are new to meditation, music can greatly help with eliminating all the distracting thoughts that appear when you begin to quiet the mind. This gets much easier to handle with practice but in the beginning it can be very annoying, and in my opinion music is a simple solution. Playing the right sounds can also have a very calming effect on the listener, so it is especially useful to those of you that are restless and have trouble relaxing into the experience. If there is a lot of commotion or noise happening wherever you are and you can’t find a good place to sit in silence, music might be an ideal tool for replacing all the background noise with something more peaceful and serene.
In my opinion the best way to use music during the experience is to have it on low volume in the background so it does not become too distracting. I prefer to use deep stimulating ambient tones (Such as a Tibetan singing bowl) and calm guided meditation, but I don’t see why normal songs wouldn’t work. Music affects different people in different ways, so if you think your favorite pop track will make great background noise then by all means try it out! It is all about finding what works best for you. Once you have picked out a good playlist for your session, begin as you normally would, but get a feel for the music as you drift into the experience. See how it stimulates your mind as you connect with your inner spirit. Allow yourself to learn from it and resonate with the vibrations that are flowing through awareness. Eventually all things (Your body, your room, your breathing, your thoughts, the trees ect.) will be connected in one effortless song. You become the music.
As stated in the about section of this website, I originally started Ethereal Meditation as an audio company that specialized in creating sounds for use in meditation practices, because I truly believe music can be a powerful catalyst for deepening the experience. Many teachers have stated that incense and music is a hindrance, but this is of course just their personal preference. The best way to see if music will serve to benefit you or act as a hindrance is to experiment with it and see what works best for you. Hands on experience truly is the best teacher.
My recommended sounds:
• Tibetan Singing Bowl Meditation: Session 7
• AMAZING MEDITATION: Brain Sound Dopamin Booster Pineal-Gland
• Relax 8 Hours of Birds Singing and Water Sounds-Nature Sound Relaxation-Relaxing Birdsong
You can also find all of Ethereal Meditation’s original compositions on the music tab of this website.