It's 2022 and the fact of the matter is, Lo-fi hip hop is out, binaural beats are in.
If we could go to a zenned-out meditation class, stretch away our worries in downward dog and soothe our souls at a sound bath on the regular, you already know we’d be there. Unfortunately, we have to face reality and we don’t know how the boss would deal with the ‘I was at meditation class’ excuse for being late every day.
Lucky for us, there’s plenty of ways you can get your zen on from the comfort of home, work—anywhere, really. Plugging in with calming tunes is an easy way to help clear your mind and get you centred during meditation practice. From curated lists of traditional soothing meditation sounds to upbeat playlists that will motivate you to tackle the day, these meditation tunes are worth checking out.
Plug in your headphones in, take a deep breath and prepare to zen out with our best meditation playlists.
It's time to level up your collective calm and enter the alpha meditative state you were born to be in. Binaural Beats is a meditation playlist that is fast replacing all that you know about lo-fi hip hop—this guy is riddled with mid-range frequencies which ease your big noggin into a Theta brainwave state within minutes. Much like its name suggests, 'binuaral' beats send different frequencies to each ear which then makes the brain automatically percieve a third frequency, as Ariana Grande would say, "just like magic". The general consesus is that listening to cruisy beats like this will help you get better sleep, lower your anxious state (nobody likes to be in flight or flight mode forever) and increase the feeling of being relaxed.
Calming Music Nature Sounds
Running water, chirping birds, wind rustling through leaves—turns out nature's discography is one of the most soothing soundtracks to rewire your brain, level out your energy and settle those anxious butterflies. This meditative playlist combines music of the natural world and chants, low frequencies, isochonic tones and ambient tunes too. Play it on your commute to work, while you practice some downward dogs, while you read or make dinner.
Meditation Sleep Music
Meditation means many different things to different people, and if closing your eyes and catching some zzz’s is your idea of meditation, then this is the playlist for you. On the Meditation Sleep Music playlist, ambient binaural beats and Solfeggio frequencies (yes, we had to Google that too) seamlessly work together to promote brain waves related to deep sleep. This chilled-out playlist uses science to help facilitate restful sleep, let go of mental blockages and cleanse negative energy.
We trust Spotify to curate the best of the best playlists, so of course, we had to give them a place on our roundup of the best meditation playlists. Boasting over one million likes, this playlist is certainly popular and is perfect for those wanting a little bit of everything. The Peaceful Meditation playlist has laid back tunes, upbeat melodies and some groovy tracks that you wouldn’t expect on a meditation playlist, but somehow, they work. Plug this one in when you’re not sure what kind of meditation you’re feeling and let the sweet tunes guide you.
As much as we love just doing our own thing to laidback meditation music, sometimes we want to follow some structure and that’s where guided meditation comes in. Spotify’s Guided Meditation playlist compiles the best guided tracks for a variety of meditation needs, from letting negative energy go, to focusing on specific chakras to conducting body scans, there’s plenty to choose from. Listen to the soothing voice of the instructor as you follow the guided practice and prepare to feel rested and rejuvenated.
If you haven’t been to a Tibetan singing bowl class, firstly, you’re missing out, but you can try the next best thing with this Tibetan Bowls playlist. This style of meditation music uses vibrating bells to produce rich, deep tones, which are said to help improve sleep, reduce negative energy and improve general health. This traditional playlist is full of meditative tones which will help you slow down and take your zen to the next level.
Piano for Meditation
Piano music is certainly one of the most soothing instrumental types of music, so of course, it’s perfect for a meditation playlist. This carefully curated playlist features only soft and soothing piano music that is designed to slow your heart rate and encourage deep breathing. Let the laidback melodies of artists like Benette, Luca Magliano and Nessa Manuel flow over you as you embrace your inner harmony and peacefulness.
Sleep Meditation For Kids
If you’ve got a little one, then you’ll know all about the sleeping struggles with kids and, boy, we do not envy you. This Sleep Meditation For Kids playlist has 14 hours of kid-friendly tunes that use science-based melodies and restful frequencies to help them fall asleep. If songs like The Sleep Train and Sleepy Bed for Sleepy Head don’t help them nod off, we don’t know what will. Plug this playlist in and prepare to get that blissful full night of sleep you’ve been craving.
Nature Meditation: Earth
Nature is responsible for some of the most soothing sounds we know—from the gentle crashing of waves to the sound of wind blowing through trees, we associate nature with all things peaceful and calming. This Nature Meditation playlist harnesses the power of Mother Nature and encourages you to tap into your root chakras through laidback beats which pay homage to Earth. Ground your spirit, create balance and connect with nature with this peaceful meditation playlist.
One of the best times to practice meditation to create a sense of calm and harmony is in the morning, so you feel focused and refreshed to seize the day ahead. We’re just over here dreaming of a sunrise meditation session…This Morning Meditation playlist combines energising tunes with more laidback melodies that will motivate you to wake up, relax and mentally prepare yourself to tackle whatever the day throws at you. Feel-good vibes, guaranteed.
Yoga & Meditation
If you like to combine your yoga and meditation into one jam-packed, zenned-out session, then this is the perfect playlist for you. This musical lineup is full of new age music to balance mind and body, which is exactly what you want when you’re mid-downward dog. We’re all about that balance. Think—classics from Steven Goldmund all the way to sweet melodies from Sophie Emitt and a heap more.
Now that you’re feeling oh-so-zen, it’s the perfect time to do a total playlist spring clean. Get rid of those overrated mid-2000’s playlists and listen to our best playlists for every occasion.
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