Mindfulness, meditation, yoga. All good. But, Einaudi? Better.
Naturally, you could listen to any contemporary composer and reach enlightenment. But, I am Italian, and although that usually does not mean anything, it does for some things. In other words, there are some things that I am still proud to be associated with, one of these being Ludovico Einaudi’s music.
How is contemporary/classical music related to meditation and mindfulness? Well guys, I don’t have any scientific bases to answer this question with. But, I know how I feel, and what I think when I listen to the genre.
When I listen to Einaudi — particularly his album Elements — I can manifest images without the need of eyes. It inspires me and drives me to contemplate the complexities of thoughts and feelings of our days.
His music is a tender and gentle overlap of sounds and images. If you hear him with you eyes closed you might even perceive smells. Good ones, mind you. Like when you smell the air very late at night, or very early in the morning.
My favourite Album for Meditation
Elements is an overlap as well. Curated juxtaposition of natural elements and artificial tools. I close my eyes, or I read/study while being transported by the music as well. The notes speak to your consciousness about Time, History remerging from the earth, vibrating under the steps of lovers. The wind is gentle. It’s a trip back to where we have never been. The past, a primitive world made just of nature and emotions.
Ok, I’ll do some research
Here it is. Found a couple of studies that support the idea. Specifically one found that listening to music (specifically some music) was related to meditation states. Additionally:
In this study, we created and investigated the effect of auditory stimuli at increasing levels of complexity (script, beat, harmonic progression, and melody) on mindfulness meditation, and participants’ preference for and perception of usefulness of the music to support this mindfulness exercise. The two least complex stimuli created for this study (Script and Beat) seemed at the ideal level of complexity to support the meditation, but the most complex (Harmony and Melody) were the most preferred and most useful as rated by participants. Importantly, absorption in music was a significant moderator of the effect of the musical stimuli, and other factors such as experience with mindfulness meditation and musical expertise may have impacted our results. Further research including these variables is needed.
Music has been found (but we kinda knew already, didn’t we?) to evoke other deep-states and feelings. For example:
That is definitely something that I experience often. And not only (but very much so) with music by Einaudi. Other examples of choices for nostalgia and/or meditation are:
- Unbreak my Heart, Tony Braxton
- Everything Lana Del Rey. Specifically, Cherry, Video Games, Blue Jeans, Shades of Cool
- Ni Hao Bu Hao, Eric Chou
- Live version of Unknown, Jacob Banks
- Ottolenghi, Loyle Carner
- Girasole, Giorgia
- Dancing, Elisa
- Come Sei Veramente, Giovanni Allevi
- Lacrimosa, Mozart
- Forbidden Colours, Ryuichi Sakamoto
- Lover Boy, Phum Viphurit
Plus, don’t tell my cool friends:
- The Archer, Taylor Swift
- Love Yourself, Justin Bieber (omg am I really saying it?)
- Malibu, Miley Cyrus
- July, Noah Cyrus
Ehy, there was another one, but I forgot after I wrote the Bieber one. I have internalised shame for that, and don’ know why.
My point being. Mindfulness is being present. Music (or anything else for that matter) can do just that for you.
Some Nietzsche, cuz Nietzsche
“Without music, life would be a mistake.”
― Friedrich Nietzsche, Twilight of the Idols
“And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.”
― Friedrich Nietzsche
Maybe it was music that kept the uber-man in the “here” instead of being devoured by the great abyss of the truth. So, if you believe life is meaningless, maybe, maybe, it’s a good idea to get lost & found in music.