it all depends on you. if music is playing while you are meditating, you may focus on the music instead of meditation. some music is to fast. but ultimately one should be able to meditate with a million and one distractions going on in the background and not paying them any attention
I prefer to have no sounds other than nature. I can ground myself and meditate easier than with distractions.
I like to meditate outside in a secluded place. I think nature music is annoying, real nature sounds are much better.
The holy rosary is the best form of meditation. It has many benefits:
The fifteen promises of Mary to Christians who recite the rosary:
1. Whoever shall faithfully serve me by the recitation of the Rosary shall receive signal graces.
2. I promise my special protection and the greatest graces to all those who shall recite the Rosary.
3. The Rosary shall be a powerful armor against Hell, it will destroy vice, decrease sin, and defeat heresies.
4. It will cause virtue and good works to flourish; it will obtain for souls the abundant mercy of God; it will withdraw the hearts of men from the love of the world and its vanities and will lift them to the desire of eternal things. Oh, that souls would sanctify themselves by this means.
5. The soul which recommends itself to me by the recitation of the Rosary, shall not perish.
6. Whoever shall recite the Rosary devoutly, applying himself to the consideration of its sacred mysteries, shall never be conquered by misfortune. God will not chastise him in His justice, he shall not perish by an unprovided death; if he be just, he shall remain in the grace of God and become worthy of eternal life.
7. Whoever shall have a true devotion for the Rosary shall not die without the Sacraments of the Church.
8. Those who are faithful to recite the Rosary shall have during their life and at their death the light of God and the plenitude of His graces; at the moment of death, they shall participate in the merits of the saints in Paradise.
9. I shall deliver from Purgatory those who have been devoted to the Rosary.
10. The faithful children of the Rosary shall merit a high degree of glory in Heaven.
11. You shall obtain all you ask of me by the recitation of the Rosary.
12. All those who propagate the Holy Rosary shall be aided by me in their necessities.
13. I have obtained from my Divine Son that all the advocates of the Rosary shall have for intercessors the entire Celestial Court during their life and at the hour of death.
14. All who recite the Rosary are my sons, and brothers of my only Son, Jesus Christ.
15. Devotion to my Rosary is a great sign of predestination.
Depends how you feel. I usually meditate in silence but sometimes I enjoy music playing while I meditate. I find the best music is from really highly trained musicians who are masters of their instruments rather than relaxation or new age music. Indian classical music is traditionally supposed to stimulate spiritual states so that is useful, western classical music can be good too…. depending on the composer etc.
you might find something good here http://www.freemeditation.com/music/ go to the bar at the top and select the ‘meditation music’ genre.
Silence is golden as they say, especially as a starting point. Id recommend sitting meditation as a reference point for a focus and mindfulness starting point. Buddhist meditation recommends reducing the bodies distraction by reducing the body’s sensors, lightly closing the eyes, silence confines the ears, stillness holds the body. The most common meditation starting point is the breath.
However of 40 Buddhist meditation types it does take an experienced person and depend on a lot of things, mainly your personality traits, wisdom, faith, ego, pride, fear, attitude, patience, anger, beliefs, morales etc. Hence different people are suited to different types of meditation, whether sitting, walking lying down, with music, sleeping, writing, in sports and even sex. Yoga and meditation music are a natural bond as you’ve said.
A few things id say to anyone starting out in meditation is to have no expectations at all, have no attainment. Sit as still as statue and let go of what ever distractions come, watch them come let them go, to continuing returning to your origin focus of meditation. Distraction will come to you in every form from joy, tranquilty to fear, pain and peace. Letting all go as ALL are distractions from your focus.
Its all good. Be well be happy
I think that in the begging, music can help disconnect from the obsessive thoughts. Later, it will bee good to meditate in relative silence and then it will be unimportant – you will concentrate on your inner silence.