Music. To help us achieve Silence? Sound a little backward but from the time we are conceived until the end of this life, we are surrounded by music. The types and uses of music are too many to list and beyond one person’s ability to master all of them. Using music for sleep and meditation provides a framework to develop a routine or ritual leading to clearing our minds of thoughts and enabling silence to enter our minds and bodies.
Even before we are born, we are given music. We listen to our Mother’s heartbeat, the rushing of blood thru her veins, breath moving in and out. As we grow more aware, we listen to outside noises and sounds. Eventually we venture outside of Mother and are surrounded by sounds. Our first music may just be a soothing humming, we may have lull-a-byes, a musical mobile As we grow, we gain the sounds of the outdoors; birds, grasshoppers, insects, animals, and other people.
As adults, when we consider the sounds of nature, we visualize babbling brooks, gentle rain, storms, birds, and the sound of the sea. Any and all naturally produced sounds can be adapted and used for relaxing. Granted, some sounds do not translate well for mediation (feeding lions, hyenas laughing, dogs barking) but if it works for you, go for it.
White noise, static, the ticking of a clock can all help to clear our minds by providing sounds to help block unwanted thoughts from taking root. As our cities and towns become more congested, street noises often just fade into the background of our daily schedule and could be used as a relaxing music for sleep and meditation.
Gregorian Chanting and Primordial Sounds
Gregorian chanting is a form of baritone singing and has been used for centuries and by many cultures and religions. Most of these chants trace back to around 1000 AD. The chants can be very soothing and come and go in a rhythm that allows the mind and body to focus together.
Primordial sounds include the popular “om” sound. It is used extensively in India and is popular in the United States. I found that the repetitive nature caused me to focus and to feel a calm peace.
Soft music from such instruments such as classical guitar, flute, sitar and the piano lend themselves to achieving silence. Without lyrics to engage and create thoughts and with a non-specific beat, a general feeling of timelessness enters our subconscious. As you listen and allow your mind to release, it is easy to fade into a feeling of no time, no stress and no surroundings.
This form of music lends itself readily to combining other instruments and to other forms of meditation music as well. Native American Flute music often incorporates natural sounds as a backdrop to the flute. Singing birds, wind and a soft drum can complete the music without distracting you.
Any form of instrumental music can be used for meditation and to provide a relaxing background for sleep. This can also be incorporated into your day, soothing sounds to enable you to focus more clearly on the task at hand and to reduce outside distractions.
Binaural beats were discovered 1839 by Heinrich Wilhelm Dove. The binaural beats the produced helped with inducing creativity, relaxation, meditation desired by people. Binaural beats are separate frequency tones played in each ear, producing a calm state and opening us to hear the sound of silence.
These frequency tones are combined with instrumentals and sounds of nature. They should be listened to thru headphones or earbuds to be most effective. The low brainwave frequencies are associated with deep meditation and higher levels of consciousness. Want to reach the Theta state without years of practice and discipline? Binaural beats are the way to go.
Using music to achieve Silence
I have only scratched the surface of the different types of music for sleep and meditation. Different people have different responses to music and sounds, no one type is a perfect fit for everyone. I strongly encourage you to do the research for yourself and find the best music for what you are trying to achieve. Whether it is a deep and calming meditave state, a relaxing break form today or just a way to reduce the stress in your daily commute, music can help you to maintain a level and relaxed state.
I also encourage you to try the many music styles available today. If classical music, alternative or World music helps you to relax and shake off the stress from our modern Earth and the rigors of the day, fantastic. If everyone made their little space peaceful, what would be the results?
Care to share your favorite type or album of music for sleep and meditation? Please feel free to leave your comments. Looking forward to hearing from you.
Walk thru the day with Peace,