The best meditation music ever is being release right now.
Meditation music has existed for thousands of years, ever since spiritualists started using sound healing instruments. But it’s about to take a huge step into the future.
Meditation music has historically been about instruments like gongs and Tibetan Singing Bowls. Monks would sit and meditate on the sound of these instruments, which have now been scientifically linked to numerous health benefits (see the link above).
Then meditation music became a physical thing as people started using dance meditations. These types of practices have been used in Buddhism, Hinduism, and Christianity. Osho made movement meditation and dance meditation popular when he came to America in the 70s and devised a technique called Nataraja.
What we consider modern meditation music came in the 20th Century with composers like John Cage, La Monte Young, and Stuart Dempster. And indeed many of the tunes they released were some of the best meditation music ever.
Our very definition of meditation music, however, is changing. And we now are witnessing some of, in my opinion, the best meditation music ever.
Why We’re Seeing The Best Meditation Music Ever Right Now
The entire world is taking to mindfulness and meditation these days. The mindfulness industry has exploded. Meditation apps are now a $195m a year business. And many musicians are getting into meditation [READ: Meditation For Musicians].
The choice for big musicians to move into mindfulness has been a largely financial one. The mindfulness industry is the fastest growing trend in wellbeing. And musicians aren’t ones to miss out on opportunities. That’s why right now we are witnessing the creation of th best meditation music ever.
In 2019, Sam Smith released an ambient mix of How Do You Sleep, in partnership with Calm. It’s a modern take on meditation music that appeals to both mindfulness practitioners and fans of Smith’s music. RZA, a rapper from Wu Tang Clan, has been putting out guided meditations to promote a tea brand. And everyone from Britney Spears to Sting has been touting the benefits of mindfulness.
Some of the best meditation music ever recently came from Charlotte Adigery, a Belgian-Caribbean electronic-pop musician and her Yin Yang tape on Soulwax’s Deewee label. It’s a deep seventeen minute meditation.
And while all this is going on we are witnessing the burgeoning popularity of meditation music on Youtube with the likes of Yellow Brick Cinema.
Simple put, we are witnessing the rise of a new form of meditation music, one that is no longer about monks meditating but is very much about the mainstream.
The Best Meditation Music Ever (So Far)
Best Meditation Music Ever
Picking the best meditation music ever is really a personal thing. It depends what type of music you like to listen to. However, I do have some suggestions. And I’ve also created a complete list of the top tunes ever that you need to listen to like right now,
Classical Music: Above I shared a link to ClassicFM. I love that radio show. They constantly play relaxing music that I meditate on often. Classical music is soothing and therapeutic. Try listening to relaxing tracks like J.S Bach’s Air On A G String (no, not that type of g-string), anything by Einaudi, or Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending, which I absolutely adore.
Yellow Brick Cinema: When it comes to meditation music on Youtube I have to tip my hat to Yellow Brick Cinema. It’s an amazing channel full of soothing music to unwind to
Deva Premal & Snatam Kaur: Deva Premal and Snatam Kaur are wonderful musicians who produce some of the best meditation music I’ve ever heard. Deva Premal tends to do Hindu mantra music, and Snatan Kaur does Kundalini Yoga music.
Why Meditation & Music Go Together Like Jay Z & Beyonce
There’s a long history of meditation music that dates back thousands of years. Ever since men started chanting, there has been meditation music.
So why do these two things go together so very well?
The reason is simple: both meditation and music have profound effects on the mind and emotions. Music can shift our mental state and uplift us. Meditation can calm the mind, lower cholesterol levels, and boost positive emotions. Put meditation and music together and you have a power elixir for the blues.
That’s why music is a key part in almost all spiritual and religious systems, whether it’s dancing in a Christian church, doing Butterfly Dance at a Buddhist monastery, or chanting meditation mantras. Music shifts our mental state. It is transcendental. And for many it is deeply spiritual.
Plus, there are big benefits of meditation music.
Probably the most well known benefits of meditation music is that is makes you feel just groovy, man, ya know?
Here are some of the biggest benefits of meditation music:
1: Feeling groovy! A 2018 study showed that listening to music while meditating cultivates positive emotions. The research showed that when we meditate on music and intentionally bring up positive memories we create a powerful sense of positivity.
2: Better sleep: Research has shown that meditation can help you sleep. And although there has been little scientific research into the effects of meditation music on sleep, it is reasonable to assume that those soothing sounds help us drift off.
3: Decreased pain: Have you ever noticed how hospitals often play relaxing music? That’s because meditation music can help reduce the perception of pain. A 2019 study showed that meditating and listening to relaxing music are low-cost pain management techniques.
4: Improved brain function: A 2011 study published on Science Daily revealed that listening to meditation music activates regions of the brain associated with movement, pleasure, creativity and emotion.
5: Reduced stress: Whenever I listen to meditation music I immediately feel more relaxed. You can feel your breathing and your heart rate slowing. And you can feel yourself unwinding A 2013 study showed that listening to relaxing piano music helps you recover from stress faster.
How To Meditate On Music
Above we looked at the best meditation music ever. But you might wonder if and how you can actually meditate on music.
As Bodhipaksa said on WildMind, there really is no way you can meditate while listening to music. You can meditate on music (by focusing your mind 100% on the music). But you cannot meditate while listening to music. Meditating means focusing your mind 100% on one thing. You cannot do that if you’re doing two things at the same time (which is what it would mean to meditate while also listening to music).
That said, you can have music playing in the background while you are meditating. And you can meditate on music. And
The first technique is easy. Simply play some relaxing music in the background while you meditate.
The second method is a little more complicated. It involves focusing the mind on the music 100%. To do this you will want to choose some very gentle and soothing music. You could choose a nice piece of classical music to meditate on [ClassicFM has a list]. Or you could choose some traditional Zen music or Indian / Asian meditation music.
To meditate to the music, focus your mind 100% on the music, like you would focus on the breath in breathing meditation. When thoughts or sensations occur, calmly observe them label them (e.g. “This is a thought”, “this is a sensation”) and then return to meditating on the music.
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The rise of meditation and mindfulness means that meditation music is entering its glory days. There is likely to be more meditation music produced over the next few years than at any other time in history.
What do you think is the best meditation music ever?
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