Muse over Music, Meditation and Healing
When I am feeling down, I listen to fast music which uplifts my spirits. When I want to calm down, I listen to Indian classical instrumental music, may be the santoor or flute. So do my mood swings create the desire in me for the type of music? In the same vein, would listening to a particular genre of music, bring about a change in my mood? So to meditate, is there a particular kind of music? Well, as we all know meditation is nothing but calming the mind. It’s not a particular state of mind you achieve but you are working towards relaxation, meditatively. If you are listening to music as you practice, you discover what is happening inside you while you listen to that music. And you can listen to any music you choose, to develop insight.
Most people believe music to be cspiritual. If you have this preconception, meditating with anything other than kirtan, chanting, new age, sacred music, beats etc. would apparently seem less productive. If you enjoy these styles of music, then by all means, practice with them! You need to be doing whatever encourages and supports you in this task of meditation. And you’re the best person to figure that out.
Creative art therapy is becoming a formal discipline in psychotherapy. The creative arts therapies include art, dance, drama, music, story-writing and poetry. These therapies use art and creative processes and facilitate a change.
Since the Vedic days music has been used as a healing process. Art in temples and churches was used to create the right atmosphere and spiritual environment with music exemplified.
According to the latest findings, music listening is healing when you enjoy the music you’re listening to. So, if heavy metal is your thing, it may not be good for the neighbors, but rock on!