If you’ve been the the symphony lately, or for that matter, if you’ve ever been, you know how powerful an effect music can have on your mood and overall outlook on life. And while many people incorporate music and binaural beats or tones into their meditation practice, the question is why does music affect a person so much?
In this recent Time of India post, Ranjeni A Singh interviews Pat Moffitt Cook, a pioneer in music therapy, about her views on music and healing and how meditation music can enhance an individual’s practice. According to Cook, music can have a profound effect on a person’s mind, transforming anxiety and stress and even helping to relieve pain.
How Can Music Help In Healing?
Music therapy is based on the principle that certain beats and rhythms can slow down brain processes and in doing so, minimise pain or anxiety. Music and chants have a calming effect on the inner ear. They calm us emotionally, psychologically and physiologically. Some hospitals play music before surgery while preparing the patient for anaesthesia. The music played before the operation is calming and is meant to relax the person. Post-operation, music with a livelier tempo is played to help the patient return speedily to his normal state. We have learnt in some of our studies on music therapy that when you have elongated tones and long breaths, it helps to focus the frontal cortex of the brain, almost like meditation. That’s why, when we listen to chants, we either feel sleepy or become focused and alert; chants have different effects on different people.
Read more here from Pat Moffitt Cook on using sound in your meditation practice.