Music and meditation.
Sounds are all around us, all of the time. It’s something we tune out more often than we probably realise. On the other hand it is also something we tune into deliberately, whether the sounds in question are man-made or come from nature.
What pleases one person may stress someone else. You only have to sit in front of any television program or visit a cinema to understand the huge influence music can have on our emotions.
Film-makes rely on music to drive our emotions in any given scene. It is used to flag up tense scene, gentle scenes, hot scenes and evocative scenes. When you think about it, ‘silent movies’ are a fine example of the importance of music to the presentation of any film.
And it’s no different with meditation.
Music can enhance how deeply you go into a meditation. It can, subliminally, impact on the type of meditation we experience.
Listening to music, if done properly, can be a meditation in itself, just as walking, gardening or even housework, can be. You can take many activities and make them richer and more satisfying by taking more awareness into them. Music is one way we can expand those experiences.
Your choice of music will help to generate the result of your meditation. Not many people would enjoy meditating to noisy, strident music which clashes with the senses. Personal moods will also influence the choice of music used at any given time when meditating. What works one day may feel totally wrong the next.
If you fancy meditating to music, why not have fun and experiment with the vast array of choices that are available.
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