4 genres to choose your best music for meditation
What is the best music for meditation? Stand on a street corner and ask 100 people and get a dozen different answers, plus at few blank looks. Ask yourself that question and you will get one answer. Like my answer, perhaps yours is complex and simple at the same time.
As with all music, the best music for meditation is a personal choice. To meditate first you must relax and a soothing song for me may not fit with you. I broadened it out a bit and we’ll take a quick look at my four top genres for meditation. These are in no particular order.
The selections are quite long, I suggest you take a random sampling through them. There is a huge selection in YouTube of free music and within these genres is enough music to last a lifetime.
- Native American Flute
- Traditional Meditation Music
- Space Music
Native American Flute Music
Native American music is used, created, or performed by Indigenous peoples of North America. In addition to the traditional music of the Native American groups, there are artists who are composing and recording new music using traditional style instruments.
Shamanism is a system for psychic, emotional, and spiritual healing and for exploration, discovery, and knowledge gathering about non-material worlds and states of mind.
For Dreaming, Sleep, Relaxing 10 Hours of relaxing rain, thunder, and Native American flute music.
John Two-Hawks single Elk Dream
Traditional Meditation Music
Traditional meditation music is music performed to aid in the practice of meditation. It can have a specific religious content, but also more recently has been associated with modern composers who use meditation techniques in their process of composition, or who compose such music with no particular religious group as a focus. The concept also includes music performed as an act of meditation. (Wikipedia Meditation Music)
Oriental Meditation Songs for Relaxation & Meditation, Best Spiritual Healing Background Tracks for Massage & Spa with Bamboo Flutes and Hang Drum, Tribal Songs for Tibetan Meditation
Space Music can be described as “tranquil, hypnotic and moving”. It is derived from ambient music and often used for both background enhancement and foreground listening, often with headphones, to enable states of relaxation, contemplation, inspiration, and generally peaceful expansive moods. (Wikipedia Space Music)
Deep Relaxation Ambient Music/Space Music
Background for Studying, Dreaming, Meditation, Yoga, Soul Healing, Stress Relief and complete relaxation.
NASA Voyager Space Sounds – 8h Journey Ambient Mix
This unique series of recordings is created from original Voyager recordings of the electromagnetic “voices” of the planets and moons in our Solar System. Although space is a virtual vacuum, this does not mean there is no sound in space. Sound does exist as electronic vibrations.
Ambient music puts an emphasis on tone and atmosphere over traditional musical structure or rhythm. A form of slow instrumental music, it uses repetitive, but gentle, soothing sound patterns. Intended to relax, the genre is said to evoke an “atmospheric”, “visual”, or “unobtrusive” quality. (Wikipedia Ambient Music)
From the Google Plus Community Relax & Meditate w/Music, Lehans shared an original Ambient composition.
The genres that we looked (and listened) too each have their good and bad points. Somewhere I read that true meditation should be practiced as it originally was, in silence. Or at least with only the sounds of nature as background. And I am also a big fan of the sounds of Nature but I have found that with man-made music I can reach deeper inside myself and allow a greater focus to develop.
Giving our mind a task, listening to the sounds, can make meditation a mindful exercise.
Relaxation has always been the central point I have reached for. Meditation comes as a result for me. The Native American flute music has always spoken to and with me. It is still my first choice when making a selection for my meditation.
Do you have a favorite genre of music for meditation? I hope that you do and I hope that you have tried different types and styles of music!
Your comments, questions, and suggestions are always welcomed. Please leave them below and I will get back to you soonest.
Walking the Path of Peace,