Humanity knows various meditative practices, and everyone can choose their own to achieve harmony. However, according to experts, it is music meditation that proves to be the most simple and effective if you start your way to spirituality! And we will tell you how to practice it correctly and how to choose music that will help you look inside yourself.
Selecting Music for Your Meditation
We have already spoken about the benefits of relaxing music for your mental health and well-being. However, can we consider relaxing all the music you like? Unfortunately, not. Let’s talk about the features of music that will make your meditation effective for your body and soul.
- Smooth, flowing melody without sharp chords, increasing tempo, and volume. The accompaniment of musical meditation should be exactly like this, even if you are a big fan of rock or vigorous dance music. You can enjoy it whenever you want, but when it comes to meditation, it simply will not allow you to focus on the inner, as the outer physical perception and surface emotions will distract you from self-awareness.
- No text or any words at all. You have to disable analytical thinking in the meditation stream, and it’s very difficult when you hear the text. Our brain processes the text that we hear, and we’re distracted. Moreover, you can unwittingly sing along if you like the song, and it has nothing to do with immersing yourself.
- Experiments and searching. Try various kinds of relaxing music until you find one that matches your inner state. Don’t worry if you don’t like the first tracks you find. According to experienced practitioners, some love classical or Lo-Fi music, some prefer ethno or ambient music, and some are inspired by the sounds of nature. Visit the Relaxing Panda YouTube channel, where we have put together playlists for you to suit every taste.
How to Practice Music Meditation
So, you’ve decided on the melodies, and it’s time to get to practice. Follow these steps for a consistent and relaxing process that helps you achieve harmony.
Find the best place and media
You need a corner with a constant and minimal noise level, as well as a complete absence of people and factors that can disturb or interrupt you. Most of us find our sanctuary at home, but if you don’t have the option, go to a remote lawn in the park, library, or meditation center if you have one nearby.
We recommend listening to music with headphones on because this way you stay alone with yourself mentally and can’t bother anyone.
Get a good player and don’t forget about a pair of high-quality headphones. Noise-canceling headphones will eliminate any distracting noises and immerse you deep in meditation, even if you are on a plane or at a train station.
Take the pose where you feel most relaxed
Don’t worry if you are not a yoga practitioner and don’t know any asanas. Just sit or lie down in the way you feel most comfortable. If you feel you could fall asleep, find another position. You can also reschedule meditation if you are too tired.
So, when you feel absolute comfort, close your eyes and relax all the muscles, including the shoulders, limbs, back, stomach, and face. Next, adjust your breathing. Do it with your diaphragm, for which you inhale deeply through your nose, slightly expanding your stomach, and then exhale through your mouth.
Immerse yourself in music
You have already turned the music on, haven’t you? Forget about everything and drift along on its waves without fixing anything. Let the emotions and feelings that melody evokes in your body bring you positivity and harmony, but do not cause you to get stuck on them.
Just follow the flow of sounds without concentrating and dwelling. Let your soul and subconscious work instead of thinking.
Stay there until the very end of the meditation
It is up to you to calm your mind and achieve full consciousness and joy in just living. Let yourself just be, not be responsible or correspond to anything. Step by step, your inner self will capture this state, and you will feel absolutely well-balanced even in your daily routine.
Some More Tips
Now you know the basics of music meditation, and you understand it is quite simple. However, just in case, we will give you some tips for an effective process:
- Consider and change the number of tracks you need. You can concentrate on only three melodies at first, but as your experience grows, you can add more.
- Change the style and theme of the music if it does not let you relax. Some melodies can evoke memories or encourage internal dialogue, which leads to excessive concentration. Perhaps other music will not cause so many fixing thoughts.
- Don’t worry if you can’t relax right away. Appetite comes with eating, and music meditation works the same!
The most important thing is that you have to get rid of uncertainty and doubt at the beginning of your music meditation. The success of your spiritual practice is in your hands, and your results and achievements are yours and nobody else’s!