The Top 10 Songs to Help You Meditate

April 11, 2012

By Dr. Carolyn Anderson

top-songs-for-meditation Meditation helps us to be more resilient, more productive and more in tune with our inner voice. The discovery and expression of our deepest humanity through this practice leads us to be more compassionate, wise and powerful.

I try to meditate a couple of times a day for 10 minutes or so. I think the operative word here is try! More often than not I can’t turn off the persistent chatter in my brain. You know the train of thoughts….have to do this, forgot to do that, oh crap I never returned that email….on and on it goes.

I find if I can somehow just sit quietly, breathe deeply and relax it really helps to clear the mind. If the thoughts come up don’t fight them. Like that Adam Sandler flick from last year …Just go with it. Picture yourself sitting on the bank of a river and let the thoughts just flow by.

The other helpful tool is relaxing music in the background. I recently found a list of the top 10 most relaxing songs and I found two of my favorite downtime tunes on this list. Strawberry Swing by Coldplay and Watermark by Enya.

Recently a British band called Marconi Union compiled a song called Weightless that is apparently the most relaxing song in the world and likely the best to crank on when trying to meditate. In the article, they described how the song was designed with “specific rhythms, tones, frequencies and intervals to relax the listener.” Even the beat was purposely set to a continuous 60 BPM which can cause our heart rate and even brainwaves to slow down to synchronize with the rhythm. Other relaxing elements included underlying bass tones and a whooshing sound to calm listeners.

Dr David Lewis, one of the UK’s leading stress specialists said: “Weightless induced the greatest relaxation – higher than any of the other music tested. Brain imaging studies have shown that music works at a very deep level within the brain, stimulating not only those regions responsible for processing sound but also ones associated with emotions.”

While not all songs are intentionally created to be relaxing they can still have a calming effect. Here is the rest of the list of the top 10 most relaxing songs. I would caution you not to crank up this play list while you are driving.

The Top 10 Most Relaxing Tunes

1. Marconi Union – Weightless

2. Airstream – Electra

3. DJ Shah – Mellomaniac (Chill Out Mix)

4. Enya – Watermark

5. Coldplay – Strawberry Swing

6. Barcelona – Please Don’t Go

7. All Saints – Pure Shores

8. Adele- Someone Like You

9. Mozart – Canzonetta Sull’aria

10. Cafe Del Mar – We Can Fly

If you have 8 minutes listen to Weightless and try meditating right now.

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Music can have such a big impact on our mood. What are some of your favorite songs to listen to while relaxing or meditating?

About the Author: Dr. Carolyn Anderson is an eye surgeon who founded Impowerage to raise money for macular degeneration research. She practices cataract surgery in Langley, BC and is a professional speaker who speaks on managing your energy. She recently co-wrote a book, “Pushing to the Front: Front Line Strategies from the World’s Leading Experts, with Brian Tracy.

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  • @WFTristan

    I try to meditate every day – My friends laughed at me when i first admitted (like a dirty secret) that i meditate, Its a great way to clear the mental debris – I started off by reading “The Dummies hide to meditation which I thoroughly recommend. 
    Personally i never meditate to music but i can see how it may help,


  • SoDyNaMeK

    Sounds great. Thanks!!!

  • Larry

    I think Carolyn must be reading my mind.  I’ve been searching for music to meditate by, and I really appreciate this list. 
    I’ve had some success with Indian Classical music. ( ie Ravi Shankar)  Worth giving it a listen too.
    Thanks for you great magazine and relevant articles!!

  • ann ledesma

     anything by JS Bach.  I can only meditate in motion, so I have to keep these sounds in my head when I skate or snowshoe or Nordic Walk.  I like all my senses alert when I’m playing outdoors so I dont have any music devices in my ears at the time.  Bach is architectural music, without lyrics to provoke an emotional reaction, it just builds on itself in a most tranquil way.

  • DrCarolynA

    Meditation in motion sounds like a great way to take care of your physical and mental health!

  • DrCarolynA

    Thanks Larry! I’ll put Ravi Shankar on my meditation playlist.

  • DrCarolynA

    Thanks for commenting Tristan. Meditation can have some negative connotations but once people give it a try they are often surprised how much it can help.

  • Kathy Barthel

    Thanks for the post! Learning to meditate is definitely on my to-do list for this year. I find that listening to the rain outside my window is really relaxing so perhaps Chopin’s Raindrop Prelude or to suit my Celtic soul, Loreena McKennitt’s Bonny Portmore.

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