What is the best music for meditation?

What is the best music for meditation?

What is the best quality music for meditation? This has got to be the question of the century, and in all honesty, there are many different answers depending upon what you would like to get out of your meditation and  what your style of meditation might be – Ie, What is enjoyable for you to listen to whilst meditating. ? In this article, I will cover 3 different types of meditation music –

Ambient Music

This is of course one of the most popular ways for people to meditate. It’s soothing. It’s melodic and music that’s gentle for the soul. It can assist us in the quest for gaining greater peace of mind. For instance, check out Dr. Christopher Lloyd Clarke’s relaxation music. Although hebest meditation music is not popular to the masses (just yet!), his music is one of the best I’ve heard for meditation. Yes, I’ve promoted him before. But when it’s due, I will promote him all I can. You be the judge! You can click the link here, or listen to the youtube video. http://youtu.be/0Lgjw7G5190

You can also check out my list of the top 10 youtube meditation music clips here.

His music is heavenly and nothing short of an emotional charge for the soul. Breathe into it, relax and let go. You can check more of his music here at Relax Me Online – best relaxation music.

Although relaxation music may not be scientifically studied and proven to heal, I have no doubt in my mind that music can be more healing than a lot of medical science provides in the world today. We should never underestimate the power of meditation and relaxation music.

I would like to share with you yet another musician that has reached me for many years with his music – and his work truly takes me away when I meditate; that is the music of Japetus.  Japetus is an Australian composer who has been composing ambient music since the early 1980’s. I first listened to his music around 1985 whilst meditating and it was heavenly to say the least. Yes, it helped me to reach amazing heights during my meditation period of that time. Here is a sample of his work here: http://youtu.be/7bz87Kf_xrA. I truly feel privileged to have had the honour of contacting this man. (Not in person, but on the web) His music speaks to me.

best meditation musicSeriously, where would we be without music? Where would we be? I thrive on it. I breathe it. I live it every moment of my life. Now, I have much to cover in this blog and I don’t want to go on too much as I have much to cover, however  just five more artists to mention: Paul Headon (Australia), Dr Harry Henshaw (USA) , Clinton Lourey (Australia),  JS Epperson (USA) and Robert Rudnik. (Norway) These musicians have so, so much to offer. Please take some time if you can and check them out. They have given me so much when it comes to quality relaxation music. I recommend these artists with all my heart.

Binaural Beats

Binaural beats are heavenly. They truly are. Have you experienced them yet whilst meditating? If not, please do so… NOW! They make the process of meditation seem to happen at a much faster speed.  Some have even reported that we can meditate as deep as a Zen Monk with binaural beats.

So what are binaural beats? They were discovered way back in 1839 by a man by the name of  Heinrich Wilhelm Dove. It was discovered that these binaural beats he produced helped with inducing creativity, relaxation, meditation, and a variety of other mental states desired by people. Binaural beats are separate frequency  tones played in each ear with the difference between frequencies of tones played in each ear determines the brainwaves’ effect. For instance, if a sound of 250 Hz is being played in the right ear with 260 Hz in the left, the frequencybest meditation music of the beat will be 10 Hz. The human brain emits strong signals filled with energy. ‘Waves’, as they are called, are emitted every second during an individual’s lifetime. These brainwaves’ frequencies vary based on the feelings and thoughts that occur in the minds of people. According to the Law of Attraction, we have the ability to attract whatever we lay our focus on, thus helping you control your emotions, thoughts, and feelings.

I put binaural beats to the test one day… and guess what? They passed with flying colours! I put on my headphones as I listened to Theta binaural beats play underneath a beautiful soundtrack of storm and rain. Well, simply put, it was an amazing experience. I felt like at one point that I had left my body. Tingles began to happen throughout my entire body. So , at this point I could say that this was the best music for meditation!

This recording has binaural beats in it and helps with anxiety And this one can help with can help with meditation and opening of the chakras. For pure meditation purposes, take a listen to the second recording.

 

Brainwave Entrainment – the best music for meditation?

Brainwave Entrainment is a rapidly growing field that involves the study of how changing brainwaves by natural means, will allow people to effortlessly enter states of increased intelligence, creativity, relaxation, pure energy, and more. Here is a little of the science behind this fascinating subject: The brain is made up of billions of brain cells called neurons, which communicate with each other using electrical signals. All of these neurons sending signals at once, produce a large amount of electrical activity, commonly called a Brainwave Pattern. Researchers and scientists have found that different bands of brainwaves, are associated with different mental states. For example, the brainwaves of a sleeping person are much different than the brainwaves of a person who is awake.

best meditation musicYears of research has shown that brainwaves not only provide insight into an individual’s mind and body, but they can be stimulated to actually change that person’s mental state. That’s right, by causing the brain to produce, or decrease, specific types of brainwave frequencies, it is possible to bring about a large variety of mental states, and emotional reactions.

In a 1973 issue of Scientific American, Dr. Gerald Oster examined how combining two pure tones, resulted in a rhythmic beat, which he called Binaural and Monaural Beats. In comparing Binaural beats against Monaural beats, Oster noted that Monaural beats were shown to elicit extremely strong cortical responses, which is the electrical activity responsible for entrainment. Oster concluded, they could be useful in diagnosing certain neurological disorders.

In the 1980′s, Dr. Glen Solomon and others, researched entrainment for headache relief, as well as general relaxation. In 1981, Arturo Manns published a study showing the effectiveness of Isochronic Tones as a means of audio-based brainwave entrainment. This was later confirmed by others, such as David Siever. Michael Hutchison also wrote his landmark book, MegaBrain, in 1981, outlining the many possible uses of entrainment, from meditation to enhancing creativity. You can check out some brainwave activity here. This recording has been known to assist with relief of headaches.

Listening to a particular type or genre of music can help alter your brainwaves significantly. When you listen to brainwave entrainment – the technology used to scientifically develop auditory tunes, your brain’s electrical activity is stimulated in a manner such that it follows a specific frequency.

You can even make your own Brainwave entrainment music here… of if you are not feeling too creative, purchase ready made entrainment here. I have found brainwave entrainment to be like magic. But it does take work and continuous use to gain the REAL benefits of relaxation.

So there you have it. Really, the best music for meditation is the one that is BEST for YOU! It is a personal choice. In all honesty, I’ve found great experiences in all of the above at different times.

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Listening to rain – perfect for relaxation

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This morning as I awoke, I could hear the rain falling onto the little tin verandah roof outside. Not a heavy rain, but enough to make me feel relaxed, calm, peaceful. It took me back to my youthful days (many years ago hey?) when I would play in my bedroom on my own and as the rain fell, I would be so content to hear the rain on our tin roof – and felt so cosy and complete. In those moments, I asked for nothing; and yet had everything.

I produce and publish relaxation music for a living, and today the rain made me realise that there aint no better relaxation music than the sounds of nature. Pure, 100% natural sounds. We can of course appreciate beautiful music, however there is something special about Mother Nature and her sounds.

Speaking of beautiful music – take a listen to this one By Japetus:

Preview Once Around The Sun

What a beautiful album by Japetus. I remember listening to this one in the 80’s and had some wonderful meditation experiences with relaxation musicthis music. All of Japetus music is available here and it is meant to be played at VERY low volumes – almost so it is at subconscious levels. I mentioned Japetus before in my previous posts but needed to do it again today. Check his music out for sure.

Also, at the moment, I cannot get enough of Ambient Musician JS Epperson. Wow! What beautiful work! Amazing. His work is very deep and moving.

Take a listen to Insight Meditation here:

Preview Insight Theta Meditation Music

How good is this???? Combined with brainwave entrainment this allows you to meditate very deeply. He says of this album;

“Inspire yourself and elevate your consciousness with this mystical and inviting music embedded with binaural beat “brainwave” frequencies. Have the clarity of deeper, more penetrating perceptions of people and situations. Intuitively grasp the understanding that comes from deep contemplation and reflection with “Insight Meditation”.

relaxation musicThis is a super-powered meditation booster! The music is calm, enveloping you in an ethereal bath of shifting sound and vibration created to relax you into an expanded state of awareness and openness. During this journey, the embedded binaural beat frequencies shift from a meditative Theta frequency pattern to a 4 minute Gamma burst called the “moment of insight”, an intense shift of awareness.”

Nothing short of breathtaking is his music. I could immerse myself in it, curl up on a Winters day and feel so warm, relaxed and comfortable.

Beautiful relaxation music

Listening to the beautiful music of JS Epperson right at this moment. WOW is all I can say. You know, I’ve been working with relaxation music over the past few years and none of it has quite grabbed me like this music.. Oh my. So deep. So relaxing.

The music literally slides from one moment to the next. Nothing is jarring or out of place. Just so beautiful and hypnotising. Take a listen to this:

Click here to Preview Theta Meditation Music

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A magical, delirious piece of meditation music. This piece is embedded with binaural beat frequencies that shift from a meditative Theta frequency pattern to a 4 minute Gamma burst called the “moment of insight.”

And this is only the beginning. I am so honoured to have found this composer on the world wide web. This is the magic of it. I often complain that I am spending far too much of my time on the web, but then  when a man of this caliber comes along, I am only thrilled that I have discovered his work.

A little on Epperson…  We have a brilliant composer here. Epperson is a best selling rcording artist who is a graduate of the University  Of Southern California Thornton School Of Music.  Jay, as he is called by friends, is a pioneer of music embedded with beta frequencies (this is to assist others with focus), and he is the creator of NeuroTechnology – a copyrighted audio meditation tool.  His  work has appeared on guided meditation projects with Robert Monroe, Dr. Theresa Bullard, Dr. Elisebeth Kübler-Ross, Dr. Charles Tart, Dr. Sudesh Kannan and Matthew Joy. This man is no fly by night composer. He has worked with some of the most inspirational people of the world both past and present.

So in a few words, I am blessed to have somehow connected with a man across the other side of the world, that writes such beautiful relaxation music.  The world wide web definitely has more positives than negatives.

Relaxation music and what it has given me

relaxation musicMy first blog aye? Well, actually, that’s a lie. I can’t count how many blogs I’ve started and never continued with. I hope this one will be a little different. I want to speak openly and honestly in this one about relaxation music.

Now, it may go off on tangents at times, however, as I work a lot with relaxation music, I do want this blog to mainly be about that and my experiences with it. Right now, I would like to speak to you about my first experiences with relaxation music and meditation. I remember first consciously meditating when I was about 19 years of age. I would listen to the cassettes back then of Japetus, Ken Davis and other ambient producers. I remember feeling so at peace taking some time out to listen to the music back then. I remember this one recording called “Butterfly” and it was such a gentle melody and so soothing to my soul. My Mum use to buy them and I would listen to them when she had finished with them. Also, I began to like this unknown Australian artist called Japetus. He was from Sydney and I actually got to meet him one day at a Body, Mind and Spirit Festival in Sydney.  His music was amazing. I don’t believe he is doing it these days.

How wrong I was with that above announcement about Japetus… I just thought I would do a google search and sure enough, his work came up! he is still here and still composing meditation and relaxation music wonderful music. Check him out here: relaxation music from Australia. I am thrilled to have found his music once again. And guess what???? As I write this, I am now listening toone of his songs that I had a cassette of that  I’ve not heard in about 20 years!

Life has a funny way of working out doesn’t it? Anyway, if you take a listen to his music, you will see what I mean. An awesome Ambient composer.’

Another wonderful ambient composer from Australia is Dr Christopher Lloyd Clarke. He has some super meditation relaxation music. You can hear a lot of his work here at this site. His work is amazing. My favourite of his is called “Ascension”

Anyway, back to the topic… what meditation relaxation music would do for me? At the time, I did not know much about meditation. All I knew was this; when I closed my eyes and listened to this ambient music, it would take me away. And really, at the time, I needed to be taken away, as I felt I did not fit into this world. I’ve always lived a life of being on my own… when I was younger I could not understand this. Now, I am happy with who I am and accept things each day. But back then, I needed to ‘leave’ this world, through relaxation music. It would soothe me and make me feel safe. I always felt safe and calm listening to this music. Sometimes as I was listening to this music, I would even get goosebumps all over and feel like I was beginning to float away. It was so magical. I won’t forget how special it was for me. Any wonder today why I am producingsome relaxation music which you can find here. I relaxation music and meditation musicjust want to surround myself in this music and allow myself to be enveloped through it, if this is possible.

There was a time when I was in my early 20’s and I went on a walk through the Royal National Park in Sydney NSW Australia. I took my cassette micro player with me and had relaxation music on it. I was sitting on the edge of an enormous cliff overlooking the ocean and the forests below… legs dangling from the cliff face. It was heavenly. After about 20 minutes of listening to this music and being out in the open space, all of a sudden this amazing wave of peace rushed over me and through me. It was like in that moment, I had everything and everyone in my life right with me in that very moment. I was all. I was at one with everything, and I mean everything! It was a beautiful, intense magical feeling. I wont ever forget that. I’ve had some similar to it, but nothing like that one! Boy, it was so , so good.

Has anyone out there ever had any feelings like this when meditating or listening to this relaxation music? If so, please let me know.. although I know many wont see this initial blog. Anyway, it’s a start.

Many Blessings and if you’ve read this – thanks. It’s nice to share this with you. If you would like more ways to deal with stress, please click here!

Namaste,

River Ford

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