We all recognize the affect music has on us. Some music makes you want to get up and move, while other music has repeating rhythm that can put you in a trance. Music can also increase aggression while other music can be calming and peaceful. There are reasons why music affects our bodies and mood. Have you ever thought about why music is a key element in meditation?
Music bypasses your conscious mind and goes directly to the part of the brain that controls emotions and vital pulses. Music used to meditate to is often slow, methodical, and simple. This is not done by chance; music played at 60 beats or less per minute has been shown to:
* Slow down metabolic responses,
* Decrease stress and tension level,
* Helps regulate stress hormones,
* Deepens breathing,
* Slows down heart rate,
* Decreases blood pressure,
* Increases “feel good” endorphins,
* Strengthens the immune system,
* Aids the body in healing itself,
* Improves body movement coordination,
* Decreases anxiety and depression,
* Slows down and equalizes brain waves,
* Strengthens memory and learning,
* Boosts productivity,
* Stimulates digestion,
* Generates a sense of safety and well-being.
There are so many options to choose from for music to use in your personal meditation. Ask others what they use, join mediation groups, look up meditation music on iTunes or Amazon (I hope to release a relaxation album in 2013 as well). More importantly however, focus on how the music makes you FEEL and use what you respond to best because we all unique.
As you can see, the benefits to using music in mediation are many and this only scratched the surface! We can all greatly benefit from practicing daily meditation and using music designed specifically for it.
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