The connection between music and meditation

Music and meditation: Taking the mind to a meditiative state

Music and meditation have a crucial connection. Research says that the human mind works at frequencies between 4 and 45 Hertz. The sound waves have been categorised in four categories Alpha, Beta, Theta and Delta taking a cue from Greek letters. The usual state of awakening when we hear normal sounds have been classified as Beta waves. These waves ranging from 15 Hz to 32 Hz are supposed to be the most responsive form of stimuli. The Alpha waves range from 7 Hz to 15 Hz and is the state of alert meditation. The Theta and Delta waves have a much lower frequency and are said to promote relaxation of the mind. This is the area of music and meditation coming together. The chanting of mantras arrives in this realm and so does the humming of the Pranayama. The 3 biggest myths about meditation music are, (1) Relaxing music entices meditation (2) Certain music types can lead to deep meditation and (3) Music is essential for meditation. Now let us examine the text that introduced the concept of meditation “Sama Veda”. It says that meditation should be focused towards reducing the mental frequency and reach out for frequencies that are outside the scope of a normal human. Now, this single sentence quashes the myth. Music can aid meditation by lowering down to lesser frequencies but by no means is an essential. It is just shifting the mind from audible to inaudible sound that takes the mind into the meditative state. The best example is the singing bowls used by the Tibetan Buddhist monks.

Music and meditation