Music is great for the soul, and can help a lot to reduce stress and anxiety (provided you play something calming!). A really great track can allow you an almost spiritual experience as it helps to declutter your mind and separate yourself from the world around you.
Tracking down the right music to use while meditating can be a lot of effort. Often at the point you're thinking about meditation music, you're wanting to sit down, relax and start meditating - not search for the right mix. To help, we have asked our friends for their favourite recommendations and organised a list in one place. Bookmark away and you'll have many new options to try when you're in the mood.
Meditation Music Downloads (Free)
8tracks organises playlists of music, which you can comment and follow. They have over 1000 tagged as meditation but some of these are a little upbeat for our tastes.
Some great ones:
Meditation music by Sri Chinmoy
Music composed by the meditation teacher Sri Chinmoy and performed by him, or by musicians from all around the world who study meditation in the Sri Chinmoy Centre.
Musician Eric Bartel has provided a range of tracks grouped under categories such as Health & Wellness, Chakra Meditations and Nature Meditations
Healing Chants (with vocals), available to play online or for free download.
Have you tried Spotify?
If you haven't heard of it before - Spotify is a great service for streaming music. One of the best aspects is that they have a free plan, which is supported via advertising. You can find all sorts of music, from pop to classical and spiritual.
What many people do not realise is that their catalog includes many less conventional artists. They provide a large selection of spiritual/meditation tracks, along with ambient nature sounds and background music. You can find calming mixes of running water and streams, as well as white noise for sleeping or concentration.
Below you'll find links to our favourite meditation music on Spotify. If you have other favourites, let us know in the comments!
Buddhist Zen - Meditation Music
Soothing sounds - often soft piano sounds.
Ambient sounds for sleep
Music for Concentration
Minimalism, electronic and modern classic recordings