How you can use Music to heal your Body & Mind
Music is transformative. Studies show that music has the power to affect our mood, our emotions, our behavior and even influence our physical body.
Music can be calming, reduce stress, uplift mood, give clarity, and provide inner peace. When you combine music with meditation, it can result in truly powerful and positive effects on your mind and body.
What is Music Meditation?
Music Meditation is the practice of meditation while listening to soothing meditative music. Meditation Music is music that helps you meditate. This music can have religious content, can be soft tunes or even notes that sounds like nature such as waves, rains, or the chirping of birds.
The combination of rhythm and melody has a tremendous ability to influence our minds. So by listening to music with a slow rhythm, without any harsh elements, we can feel calm, composed, and collect our thoughts.
Meditation is the practice of bringing your awareness to the present moment and getting clarity in your thoughts. Meditating with a soothing style of music can improve your experience and increase the benefits it has on your life.
Benefits of Music Meditation
You will see following overall health & lifestyle benefits from this meditation technique.
1. Feel Relaxed
Meditation music helps to calm your nerves and make you feel relaxed. It also relaxes our bodies by stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system, which helps the body relax and prepare for sleep.
2. Improves Sleep
Since music meditation has a calming effect it relaxes your body, slows your mind, and prepares you for undisturbed sleep.
3. Improves Physical Health
Meditation is known to help relieve chronic pain. Meditating with soothing music creates an atmosphere that aids your body in healing and resting. As your muscles relax, your body recovers from aches and pains.
4. Reduces Stress and Anxiety
It reduces stress and takes your attention away from the all noise going on in your brain. It is not only good stress relief but also can aid in building resilience toward stress over time.
5. Overcomes Impulsiveness
Music meditation can also lift your mood. By teaching you to remain calm in stressful situations, you learn to control impulsive behavior and emotional reactions.
6. Helps Concentration
If you find that your mind tends to wander, meditative music can help bring focus. By slowing your breath and slowing your thoughts, you can improve your concentration.
7. Increases Deeper Meditation
Meditating with music is an immersive experience in a calming environment. This creates instant stress relief and allows you to just be. It can be difficult to hold your attention to your breath so allowing yourself to be in music that calms you can help maintain your awareness.
Music meditation is great for meditation beginners because it can feel simpler and more relaxing than other forms of practice.
How to Meditate with Music
1. Choose your Meditation Music
Pick music you like listening to and that can help you relax. For instance, if you don’t enjoy classical music, don’t choose it. But also, don’t opt for techno beats or rock music with heavy elements. Find music that has a slow tempo, preferably without lyrics to avoid getting distracted by the words.
2. Find a Quite Spot and Get into a Comfortable Position
Find a quiet corner, where you won’t be disturbed during your practice. Sit in whatever position you feel is comfortable. This could be on a chair with your feet on the floor, cross-legged, or even lying - as long as you can stay in this position throughout the practice.
3. Relax Yourself
Once you are comfortable in your position and close your eyes, let your shoulders, your belly, and face muscles relax. Breathe in deeply through your nose, and then exhale through your mouth.
4. Focus on the Music
Try to keep your awareness of the tune and notes of the music. If you find yourself thinking and having other thoughts (even about the music), gradually and gently redirect your attention to the present moment and the sound of the music. Try to feel the music.
5. Continue your Practice
As you continue meditating, you may find yourself distracted by thoughts entering your mind. Each time this happens, gently let them go and simply redirect your focus to the sound of the music. Notice the physical sensations you feel in your body.
6. Concluding with Positivity
Always keep a timer at the start of the practice so you do not have to worry about how much time has passed and how much time is left to conclude the practice. Once you’ve run out of time or the music has stopped, take a few moments to bring yourself back, be grateful for this opportunity, and then gently open your eyes.
Remember: The goal of this practice is to forget about your inner voice and just be. Be with the music, and fully immerse yourself, till you feel free, relaxed, and renewed.
What is a Sound Bath?
A sound bath is a meditative experience, where you are “bathed” in sound waves. You are surrounded by therapeutic sound waves. The waves may be produced by various sources, including healing instruments such as gongs, singing bowls, percussion, chimes, rattles, tuning forks, and even human voices.
It is a deeply-immersive, full-body listening experience that uses sound waves to induce gentle yet powerful healing, nurturing, and soothing processes within your mind and body.
During a sound bath, most people usually lie on their backs. However, you may even stay seated, as long as you are comfortable.
When you sink into a sound bath, you must guide your awareness to your listening to allow your brain waves to slow down and enter a zen state.
The goal of a sound bath is to initiate restoration or rebalance or change within yourself. It can help balance your Chakras and your energy. By immersing in the sound waves, you allow your brain to let go and release. This can help relieve stress and manage any negative emotions. It can also help the body relax, release pain, and eliminate toxicity from the body.