Meditation and music

Just a quick tag-on to my meditation resources and my suggestions for timing your meditation sessions: I neglected to mention the possibility of using a piece of music both to help you get into your meditative space and to act as a natural, unobtrusive timer for your session. I’m sorry for the oversight; I simply don’t use music those ways personally, and although it was on my mental list of possibilities, it fell off the end of the list while I was writing. Suggestions would be very welcome if any readers have favorite pieces or artists for this purpose!

If I used anything like this, it would probably be classical. I think meditating on the classical deities while listening to the appropriate movements of Holst’s The Planets could be fascinating, for example. The orderliness of Bach’s work has always made it good background music for me, but I’m not sure if that would be the kind of meditative state most practitioners enjoy. A lot of the “New Age” music I’ve heard for these purposes has either been so bland as to be nearly pointless or so unusual that it is intrusive for me. But like I said, this isn’t a strong area for me – what do you wonderful readers like to listen to?

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About Literata

Literata is a Wiccan priestess and writer. She edited Crossing the River: An Anthology in Honor of Sacred Journeys, and her poetry, rituals, and nonfiction have appeared in works such as Mandragora, Unto Herself, and Anointed as well as multiple periodicals. Literata has presented rituals and workshops at Sacred Space conference, Fertile Ground Gathering, and other mid-Atlantic venues. Literata offers healing and divination services as well as customized life-cycle rituals. She is currently completing her doctoral dissertation in history with the support of her husband and four cats.
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2 Responses to Meditation and music

  1. Grafton Lee Swickard says:

    I find that I prefer woodwinds to strings or brass for meditations. I have a CD of primarily winds with some synthesizers that I particularly enjoy, but it’s not good as a timer, because it didn’t transfer from its original tape format well, so I have one long track where there used to be 18. 😀

    • Literata says:

      Interesting. There are a lot of woodwinds-based meditation CDs in the local store’s inventory, many more than those relying on strings or brass, when any instruments are listed at all.

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