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!