Music for the mind

Tuesday, September 04, 2018

Meditation music can alter brainwave frequency and helps in eliciting certain responses and entering the desired state, says Sarvesh Shashi

What is meditation? Meditation is a technique that helps one get in touch with oneself, awakening the inner-self, connecting and getting to know oneself better. It sounds pretty simple, right? A few minutes of silence and BOOM, all the secrets are discovered?

Well, not really. Meditation is a process that requires patience and focus. It is one of the most rejuvenating and reassuring practices that fills you with the right vibes. Being mindful, self-aware and mentally and emotionally conscious is one of the most difficult processes, but once achieved it leads an individual on the path towards a positive, meaningful and a purposeful life.  

So, how do we start practising? What are the essentials to begin your meditation practice? In practice, you do not require anything to start meditating, except a steady mind to stay focused. However, we always like a little extra help in everything, don’t we? In order to enhance the practice, there are multiple options like using meditation music, therapeutic fragrances, ambient lights, crystals and more of which the most common one is the use of music.
So, what is meditation music?
Meditation music is ambient; tunes which often alter brainwave frequency, characteristic in eliciting certain responses and entering the desired state. Scientists term it ‘Brainwave Entrainment’. You may question, how can music help you during a practice that requires focus? On the contrary, as you focus on the guided meditation music, you slowly get into the phase of becoming relaxed and alert.

Meditation music, however, seems to be contradictory to the act of meditation itself, doesn't it?
The process of sitting in one place and concentrating on your thoughts passing by, while being in a state of awareness seems to be complicated enough. If you’re a beginner or a regular practitioner, a little bit of help to ease the exercise is always welcomed. Meditation music helps keep your mind attentive and also enhances the experience of meditation. It guides the mind to the deeper states of relaxation and bliss.
So how do you integrate it into your practice?
Meditative music supports your meditation process, aids relaxed breath, alters brain waves, slows the heartbeat and quietens the mental noise. An encounter of getting lost in the soothing tunes is what enables one to relax and be at peace. The sounds and musical elements used in meditation music are naturally associated with feelings of well-being and peace.

The most widely used meditation music consists of the sounds of nature, water flowing, rain, whispering trees, chirping birds and squirrels, crickets, the sound of the sea when it meets the shore and more. Many others include stotras, instrumental music like the flute, Tibetan singing bowls, the hang drums and sometimes even the piano!

 The use of meditation music in the daily routine has been known to have a positive impact on a person’s life, like increased relaxation, deeper sleep patterns, increased positivity and reduced anxiety.

 There’s no hard and fast rule to select a certain type of music for meditation. You can choose the music that resonates with you and relaxes you the most at the time. Spend a few minutes in guided musical meditation seated in the Lotus pose or in Shavasana. Meditation music is a fresh change for modern-day meditators and yogis. Individuals who have explored the benefits of integrating meditation music into their yoga and meditation practice, report using it in various situations to relax.

Sarvesh Shashi is CEO, Zorba Yoga

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