Music + Meditation
Meditation is now a widely accepted method of managing stress + anxiety. In the short term, meditation practice can calm us down while in the long-term, makes us more resilient to stress. Music also has many stress reducing benefits. We know how listening to certain songs can make us feel happier + more at ease, but music actually calms our physiology without us even trying. So combining the two is a great way to slow our mind’s down, even out our breathing + just make us feel good! If you’ve never tried meditating before or you’re a beginner, music meditation can be a great way to start as meditating with music can make the whole experience feel smoother, simpler + more relaxing.
How long should you meditate?
We’d recommend trying to meditate for around 20 minutes but if you don’t have the time, even just 5 to 10 minutes will give you a little boost!
How to meditate with music
Here is our simple + easy guide to meditating with music:
1. Choose your music.
It’s really important to choose music that helps you relax + of course, because everyone has different musical tastes, this will be different for different people. You should pick music you enjoy. With that being said, ambient music that has fewer lyrics is ideal. This short, 8-minute piece of music has been specifically designed to aid with sleeplessness and is the perfect meditation accompaniment before bed. This time of year can be stressful for many, and with the current climate how it is, it’s unsurprising that many need a helping hand drifting off. However, it can also be used to de-stress throughout the day, as and when you need to unwind! If you need longer than 8 minutes simply replay for as long as you need.
This music has been composed exclusively for XTAL♁ by one of our Directors, John Grant. We hope it aids you in your meditation practice.
2. Get yourself into a comfortable position.
You don’t have to sit cross legged on the floor if this isn’t comfortable for you. You can sit in a chair or even lie down if you prefer. Once you’re in your comfy position, close your eyes, relax your body + take a few deep breaths. Press play then breathe in deeply for 5 seconds through your nose, gently expanding your belly rather than your chest, hold for 3 seconds, then exhale slowly for 5 seconds through your mouth. Repeat this breathing technique for the duration of the music you’re listening to.
3. Focus on the music.
Focus your attention on the music that you have playing. It’s okay if your mind wanders + you start thinking about other things. When this happens (+ it will happen!) simply take notice + redirect your attention back to the music.
4. Continue this practice for however long you want.
Whether you’re practicing for 20 minutes or for just one song, try + stay focused on the music throughout this time. The goal is to just “be” with the music until you feel more relaxed + calm. This time of year can be stressful for some, so in the run up to Christmas we’ll be posting some quick meditation advice + tips over on our social channels. Be sure to follow us!