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Is Music Good for Contemplation?

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Is it better to have silence? I just find that music really gets me into the zone and inspires me. I can't imagine Ralston contemplating 'Awareness' to the sounds of Carbon Based Lifeforms somehow, but what about us mortals? Does anyone use music for contemplation? 

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Depends, I tend to utilise both, sometimes music creates an "artistic" space for me and I can think in conjunction with the music and it gives me more ideas and excitement. Sometimes you have to face the silence alone, which is something that I have still to learn/apply and master. I think the latter is probably more useful, once you've mastered that I think you will supercharge your contemplation and when you eventually do it listening to music it may even be more rewarding.

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Both can be good. Music meditations put me on more of a journey and makes me see the beauty of reality and silent meditations tend to be more of an intense ending-of-a-movie, reflective sort of mindset.

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music is more than good.

but don't cling to one genre, listen a lot of different things. ( especially the genre you hate or find "stupid" find what is smart about it, then. )

 

this one is better than silence for meditation to me, I don't care if silence is "better".

 

Edited by Strikr

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7sbw__MsJZ0

We know nothing, and even, I m not sure. a.V.e

 

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18 minutes ago, EternalForest said:

@Strikr Try meditating to Pure Moods Vol. 1, incredible!!

too many variable in the frequency, I like the one above for meditation because my musician mind don't cling to dissect all the part of the sound :D if there is more than pad and a bit of melody it's all over my brain


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7sbw__MsJZ0

We know nothing, and even, I m not sure. a.V.e

 

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@Strikr I understand, but for me Pure Moods actually puts me in a sort of blissful state where I can marvel at the beauty of life and beauty of joy itself. And I know it was a very popular album, but in this case it was popular for a reason because for me and many others, that music really does take you to some very high states.

The music you linked is good as well, it reminds me a lot of silence, being so static and constant. You may enjoy ambient vaporwave as well, stuff like Telepath would appeal to you 

I also enjoy meditating to progressive house and trance

The best trance to listen to imo comes from Armin Van Buuren's A State of Trance show, with nearly 1000 episodes, here's a site where you can download them all:

http://www.asotarchive.org/

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Yes.  Music has inspired/ triggered me to contemplate throughout my the course of my entire life.  Thoughts trigger emotions but emotions can also trigger thoughts.

Edited by Joseph Maynor

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@EternalForest @Strikr  Hmm, I'll certainly try pure moods and see which side of the fence I end up falling on. 

@Soulbass Wow, thanks for all that, very interesting to read. I like your point about how music can fuel a craving for an emotion, I'd never really considered that. I guess it's a language of emotion so I'm not surprised this is this case. Maybe the key is to be aware of this and avoid attachment. Rest of the stuff you mentioned I found hard to relate to, about music becoming an inner demon etc, but interesting none the less. 

@Joseph Maynor  Yeah that's a good point, perhaps the emotional element in music can fuel contemplation then. Well I'll give it a go and see

 

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@EternalForest Well I just had a quick listen and I think for me it might be a better album for something like visualisation as the tunes are very powerful and conjure up a lot of imagery for me. For contemplation it might distract me a little from my object of contemplation as it's less like 'background' music that just sets a tone. It would 'lead' my mind a bit too much if you get me. But it is a fantastic list of tunes and I will certainly add it to my playlist. This is all assumption of course as I haven't actually given it a shot for contemplation. I'll let you know if I wrong :) 

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Ok guys, next one up, music for self enquiry? Is this relevant? I'm pretty sure it's best to have silence for meditation, but what about self enquiry? Same deal?

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