Have you ever used meditation music to relax?
I’ve been meditating as part of my bedtime routine. It’s a very quiet and reflective experience. A peaceful ritual that won’t wake anyone up in the evening.
Using music during meditation has been an adjustment for me. What I’ve learned? Go with it.
I’m a visual listener. When I listen to music, I see it. For instance, most often I see movement. I’m a former competitive dancer, so in my mind I still choreograph songs I hear, even though the actual movements will never see the light of day.
Sometimes, meditating to music gives me a sensational dance recital in my mind. Sometimes it takes me to an entirely new experience on the other side of the world.
The greatest benefit is that it takes my mind out of whatever “funk” it’s in. When the music stops, I feel centered. I feel more calm. I feel relaxed. I feel more capable of dealing with the daily stresses that come my way.
Maybe mediation music can do the same for you? Following are five of my favorite albums to inspire you.
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5 Meditation Music Albums to Inspire You
In the Om Zone 2.0 by Steven Halpern
Listening to Steven Halpern’s In the Om Zone, it’s hard not to imagine yourself finding zen in a Tibetan temple bordering Namtso, or near a serene holy lake like Yamdrok.
Halpern is a Grammy-award nominee and widely known as a founding father of new age music. His meditation music on In the Om Zone demonstrates why.
Halpern captures many musical elements of Tibet in his 18 songs, including the popular and sacred “Om” sound mantra. The musicality of voice and use of Tibetan bowls throughout this album make it an enjoyable listen.
If you’re new to meditation music, or just looking for some inspiration to jumpstart your contemplation, In the Om Zone is an inspiring place to start.
Live on Earth by Krishna Das
Krishna Das is a vocalist known for his Hindu devotional music, earning him the title of yoga’s rock star.
With a baritone voice reminiscent of Bruce Springsteen, Das mixes traces of his rock heroes into the chants of his Bhakti yoga practice to create a musical journey that has garnered 15 albums and a Grammy nomination.
Das’ Live on Earth album, to me, is a little different than what most people might consider meditation music. Yet, listening to a tune like “Shri Guru Charanam” for six minutes is enough to bring me back to center when I don’t have time to fit in a full meditative session.
Migration by Peter Kater and R. Carlos Nakai
If you’re in the mood for amazing instrumental meditation music, Migration won’t disappoint.
The album is a collaboration between multi-platinum selling pianist and composer Peter Kater and R. Carlos Nakai, the world’s premier Native American flute performer.
Together, they produced 12 instrumental tracks that will relax your mind and allow you to journey away from your worries and stress.
Call of the Mystic by Karunesh
When I listen to music, it’s always a visual adventure in my mind’s eye. I don’t just listen to music, I see it.
Karunesh’s Call of the Mystic is an album that makes my visual senses come alive and takes them on a journey where stress and worry do not exist.
Karunesh is a German-born ambient musician. He incorporates Indian instruments and various world percussions into his tunes.
Listening to this album puts me in a place of calm, and extinguishes anxiety that builds throughout the day. With a track list of only eight songs, Call of the Mystic is a great meditation music starter album.
Big Om of Tibet by Tibetan Nuns and Monks
If you’re looking for authentic Tibetan chants for your meditation music, Big Om of Tibet is a fantastic choice.
Recorded at various Tibetan monasteries in the Himalaya region, this album is as authentic as it gets without actually being in Tibet.
Allow the monks and nuns of Tibet to guide your mediation using spiritual mantras, chants and prayers. Relax your mind and you’ll feel like you’re actually there in the moment.
Do You Use Meditation Music?
If you’ve always spent your reflection time in silence, I urge you to give meditation music a try. You may find that it relaxes you in a way you never knew was possible. Already meditate to music? I’d love to hear your experience with it. Please leave me a comment or join me on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram to chat!