Benefits of Meditation Music
The benefits of meditation music are wide ranging and encompass all of the benefits associated with meditation, from slowing the heart rate down to helping with concentration and memory.
In the last few decades in the West these benefits have started to become well known. Although meditation has been around for thousands of years and has been practiced in many societies and religions across the world, it is only really since the 1960s that meditation has become popular in the West.
Benefits of Meditation Music
Meditation music and meditation music with brainwave entrainment such as the Modern Meditation Series™, takes what for some can be a frustrating endeavor (meditate properly) and turns it into an easy, enjoyable process. With brainwave entrainment meditation music, the question is relieved of whether you are “doing meditation right.” Through the phenomenon of Frequency Following Response, your brain will “sync up” with the professionally designed protocols embedded in the meditation music you’ve chosen for your specific reasons. You are assured a much more productive and enjoyable meditation session and are therefore far more likely to receive the benefits of meditation. Many people classify this type of relaxation music as sound therapy or music therapy, as well.
Benefits of Meditation
So what are the benefits of meditation? What are the reasons that so many people are turning to meditation to deal with anxiety and stress, and why are so many people practicing meditation across the world?
• Meditation slows down the heart rate: This helps to calm the body and relax the mind.
• Reduces oxygen consumption and carbon dioxide production: Within a few minutes of starting to meditate oxygen consumption and carbon dioxide production can reduce up to 20% below the normal levels.
• Raises skin resistance to pain: Meditation helps to raise the body’s resistance to pain and to electrical currents which decreases when the body is stressed or anxious. This means that if you get a knock or hurt yourself you are less likely to feel the pain or react to the pain.
• Increases muscle relaxation
• Reduces activity in the nervous system: The branch of the nervous system (the parasympathetic branch of the autonomic nervous system) responsible for relaxing and calming you dominates your system when you meditate.
• Production of lactate is decreased: Lactic acid which is produced when the body’s muscles are starved of oxygen (a stitch during exercise) and when the body is in a state of stress decreases 4 times quicker while meditating than in a normal state of rest. A build up of lactate can cause fatigue in the short term and in the long term impair energy production.
• Blood circulation increases: Blood circulation increases during meditation meaning that more oxygen is able to reach your muscles – this in turn helps to prevent lactate production (lactate being produced when muscles are starved of oxygen).
• Significant effect on the brain: During meditation the brain manufactures alpha and theta brainwaves. You will spend most of your day in beta brainwaves which is important to carry out every day activities but too much can be draining. Attaining alpha and theta brain waves on a regular basis can help to improve memory, increase concentration, help you to relax, boost your energy and happiness.
• Studies have shown that most children are regularly in alpha and theta brain waves (ever wondered why your children had so much energy!). As children grow up they start to move into beta brain waves states. And although this is important to get things done it is also important, no imperative, in order to keep your energy up and achieve the other benefits of meditation, to access these alpha and theta brainwaves.
• Meditation balances both parts of the brain: Recent research has shown that meditation helps to balance the logical side of the brain and the creative side of the brain. By balancing out the brain this helps to make more balanced and happy individuals.
• Meditation helps to combat depression: Regular meditation (once or twice a day for 20 minutes) helps to deal with depression, reduce hypertension and helps to relieve anxiety and migraines.
• Meditation improves concentration: Research also shows that regular meditation helps to improve your concentration, memory and creativity. Meditating while you are studying for exams can really help the information to enter into the brain.
• Meditate for better sleep: Having a regular meditation practice helps to improve sleep and the actual quality of your sleep. You will find that you will sleep more deeply and will be less prone to waking in the night. If you do wake the mind will be still so it will be easier for you to drop back off to sleep.
So, whatever change and improvement you desire, choose the meditation music with brainwave entrainment that is right for you, listen, relax, and enjoy the benefits.