Have you noticed how good music does wonders in all aspects, how it makes chores easier, time quicker, exercise less tiring, working more fun, and so on? We hear music wherever we go, especially in places where wellness is the primary concern and goal, like the gym, a spa, and Yoga classes. Research shows that music has a profound effect on the body and the mind. Music in general promotes ease, calmness, and freedom from sadness and mental and physical tensions.
But what has it got to do with meditating? Meditation is a personal devotion and mental excursion that serves to improve one's over all wellness and spirituality. It is often understood as simply sitting for a really long time trying to get the mind on tabula rasa (blank). But for the sake of being able to concentrate, most people use mantras (chanting holy words) during the meditative process. Other practitioners use prayers beads similar to the Holy Rosary. Some meditation teachers think mantras are for cheaters, those who cannot relax their minds without having to use words as a distraction from other thoughts. But for those who do not have the luxury of sitting on a hilltop in front of a stunning view and meditating in "Buddha" position for hours, they use meditation music. To many, it's considered instant meditation. But meditation music also has its own benefits.
Research shows that music arouses brainwaves causing them to sync with the rhythm. With faster beats, sharper concentration and alertness is promoted. With a slower tempo, calmness or a meditative state is being promoted. Music aids in the meditative process and helps you complete the whole practice, thereby allowing you to benefit from the activity. Meditation music also promotes the whole brain functioning, wherein the left and right brain hemispheres are made to commune with each other. Meditation music also gives the brain the ability to withstand more and harder stresses. And by actively promoting optimism or a positive state of mind, depression and anxiety are kept at bay. Which type of music is good for meditation? There are a lot which you can download online, but you should pick audio programs that are really designed for deep meditative purposes.