Albums to Meditate to
Meditation is an interesting practice that most individuals don’t do. Despite its lack of mainstream appeal, meditation has a strong niche attached to it, and for the right reasons.
For the most part, benefits linked to meditation include the ability to manage stress, increased self-awareness, a focused presence, reduced negative emotion, and much more. Of course, not every person who tries meditation will feel these benefits, but with enough perseverance, it’s certainly possible.
Some disagree with the role music plays in meditation, but given that I feel a strong bond to the subject, it makes complete sense for me to connect the matter. Of course, not every record is suitable for meditation, but then again, music is completely subjective, which means what works for me, might not work for you.
Nevertheless, down below are a few key albums to mediate to. Consider checking them out and try your best to achieve a sense of a meditative state while listening to them.
Brian Eno is a staple in the ambient and drone music world. Eno has a prolific nature with his work and his 1982 record, Ambient 4: On Land (1982) is one of his best.
Suzanne Ciani’s Seven Waves was released the same year of Eno’s Ambient 4: On Land, but it offers a different drive of music. As difficult as it is to describe, it has more of a SY-FY feel to it, which is interesting in and of itself.
Rainbow Drone Musick is the music personification of being rebirthed and is a personal favorite record of mine to meditate to. Steve Hillage is a brilliant musician and I can’t get enough of Rainbow Drone Musick.
Generally speaking, music to meditate to is often cited as ambient pieces without vocals. Although this has some truth to it, I disagree with it since music has a particular subjectivity to it. Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon is one of the greatest records in existence, and from my perspective, it’s a fantastic piece of music for meditation, despite the fact that there’s vocals on almost every track.
For a somewhat newer record comparatively speaking, A Winged Victory for the Sullen is a melancholy vibe that’s meant to stir a whirlwind of emotions. It’s a great listen and is among the best for ambient records.
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