The choice of music for meditation and/ or the moments leading up to and into death will vary according to the individual’s taste, or – if they are dying – that of the person they have nominated to take care of such decisions for them.
Some of us may prefer to spend our last few moments in silence, or to have friends provide live music. Those of a particular faith may choose religious music; others may choose music – classical or other – that they find soothing. If a particular piece of music has been played whenever the dying person meditated using that same music as they are dying can optimise the sense of dying as a meditation. The music has, hopefully, become associated with feelings of calmness, relaxation and trust. So in playing the same music, a state combining all those qualities, can be evoked.
A cautionary note: If you are a carer for someone who is dying, it may be tempting to play music that you yourself find spiritually uplifting. If the person is a friend then hopefully you know their taste in music. Otherwise, check in with the dying person or use your intuition, if they cannot communicate, to ensure that they are comfortable with your choice.
If you enjoy mantras, listen to any of the albums produced by Deva Premal and Miten. They have delighted thousands of people globally, including Elisabeth Kubler-Ross and the Dalai Lama.
Ambient music – being non-melodic and wordless – can appeal because it provides little for the mind to become engaged in. There is a wealth of ambient music available online, through iTunes. Because of their years of being with Osho and their experience of meditation (and we know them personally), Deva and Miten, along with the following first four musicians, are particular favourites:
He says: ‘I make music from a meditative perspective – leaving some space in the music for silence to emerge and to be felt. In music and in life I like to listen to the gaps of silence between the sounds. I love music that is played from a place of ‘not knowing’, a place of innocence – improvisation and listening is important to me in music.’
All his albums are recommended. They include: Reiki Forest, Reiki Oceans, Seven Waves of Knowing, Nature Space, Lake of Restfulness and more.
The composer of the music for all Osho’s active meditations (such as OSHO Dynamic, Kundalini, Nataraj, Nadabrahma), he is considered a ‘founding father of New Age music. His first album release was in 1971 and he’s produced more than 60 albums since then.’ A comment about one of his latest releases is true of all his music: ‘Mystic Voyage contains various tracks from Deuter’s ample array of healing music, specially selected for all healing practices or anyone wishing to have a taste of the beyond. This masterful compilation conveys the healing power of sound and silence – Deuter’s gift to the listener.’
He is considered a gifted multi-instrumentalist and has been publishing his music for the last 20 years. While some of his CDs feature tribal rhythmical Dance music and lyrical melodies, he has also created what is described as ‘shamanistic music of power and peace, to make the spirit soar. He creates the ethereal music of vastness and silence that lets the listener explore their own inner expansion and stillness. Anugama’s music creates an environment of uplifting support, confirmation and nourishment for heart and soul.’
Recommended albums: The Lightness of Being; Healing; Silent Joy, Shamanic Dream.
His compositions for piano are beautiful. All his albums are highly recommended. Titles: Healing Touch (1 and 11), Ocean Within, Heart to Heart, Love Is, Simply Beautiful and Reiki Offering.
His ‘Slow Wave Journey’ CD is always used in Maneesha’s workshop because all the tracks suggest peace and great spaciousness, perfect for supporting the space of beyond-body-and-mind.
‘Angel Love’ and ‘Angel Spirit’ are two CDs we use in our workshops. See his website for more.
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We’d love to hear from you about the choice of music selected by you or your loved ones.