Meditation and Music

by Cherie Miranda on May 8, 2012

I have stated my opinion in several articles on the practice of incorporating music into meditation. Since there seems to be some confusion about my position on this topic, I though it made sense to clarify.

First off, I do not agree with using music or any other type of artificial device (headphones, binaural beats, nature sounds, etc.) in your daily meditation practice. The purpose of meditation is to turn your attention inward, to reduce outside noise and take you deep into yourself. Music and other artificial stimuli exist outside yourself, and the sound will tend to draw your attention outward.

That being said, I think it’s great to supplement your daily meditation practice with other techniques. If you’ve completed your morning meditation, perhaps try adding some light, quiet music to your evening meditation. Or if you’re going through a particularly stressful period, try relaxing and meditating with music that’s designed for that purpose after you’ve completed your daily meditation practice.

I feel the same way about biofeedback machines and products like Holosync. I think they are fantastic, but I think they should be used in addition to your regular meditation–not instead of.

At the bottom of this post I’ve included an example of a multimedia presentation incorporating music and some relaxing visuals. This is the kind of thing that is perfect to supplement your meditation practice. If you need some relaxation, give something like this video a try, perhaps just before bedtime. As you know, if you’re a regular reader, I absolutely do NOT advocate meditation right before going to sleep, so this video (or something similar) is a fantastic alternative.

Enjoy the presentation, which combines royalty free new age music with images taken from the author’s trip to Colorado. Happy meditating!

 

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Michael D Walker May 8, 2012 at 5:28 pm

Isn’t the whole point of meditation to help train and develop the mind’s ability? By adding music I would think you’re letting the music do all the work, which would not fully develop your mental muscles. Am I understanding this correctly?

Michael

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Dr. Wendy Schauer, D.C., R.K.C. May 8, 2012 at 9:18 pm

For some reason I have a harder time staying awake when I meditate to music. I like the quiet stillness.

Yours In Health!

Dr. Wendy

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Body language of holding hands May 9, 2012 at 12:35 am

Meditation can help in many situations, interesting that music can play a part in how it works.
Scott Sylvan Bell

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Sonya Lenzo May 9, 2012 at 12:39 pm

I agree with you. I used to think that music helped me relax…but now I have found that stillness is more relaxing.

Sonya Lenzo

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Eva Palmer May 9, 2012 at 4:11 pm

Hi Cherie,
Thanks for clarifying this. I also think it feels better to me to meditate in silence.

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Start Living A Healthier Life Today May 10, 2012 at 8:03 pm

I like the idea of supplementing your daily meditation practice with other techniques. Cherie, I am curious…have you ever heard of a product called, “PZIZZ”? If so, what are your thoughts on it. Thank you.

Yours In Health!

G.E. Moon II

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Clare Delaney May 10, 2012 at 9:02 pm

Thanks for clarifying the topic of music and meditation. I agree, for me the stillness is the best.

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Lisa McLellan May 12, 2012 at 6:35 am

I will have to read back to older posts to find out why if I was a regular reader you do not recommend meditation before going to sleep. I would think that would be a great time to do it. By the way, I loved the video. It was very relaxing!

Lisa McLellan
Child Care Expert
Nanny Services

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Lyle R. Johnson: The Sales Wizard & Mentor May 14, 2012 at 4:25 pm

Enjoyed your peaceful and relaxing Video again, today … thank your for sharing this.

Lyle R. Johnson

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