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Music or Meditation? Download Your Preference

By Dominique Patrick SYRACUSE, NY (NCC News) — Many people are caught up in the fast-paced lifestyle of impressing others on social media, working a stressful job, dating life or raising a family.

Whatever the case may be, looking for a way to de-stress may be challenging. The solution may be as easy as putting on headphones and turning on your favorite tunes.

What Studies Say

Within the past decade, researchers have linked listening to music as having some of the same effects as meditation. Neuroscience says that music can be easier to grab hold to in an everyday hustle and bustle environment than taking the time to sit and meditate in a house you’re barely in or a meditation class setting.

Whether the genre (rap, classical, R&B) or setting (concert, club or your couch) your favorite music is proven to likely trigger certain feelings and emotions just the same as another person’s favorite music. Most people assume classical music is the genre one should listen to in order for it be healthy.

This study has been researched over and over again and parents have implemented using this technique for small children to give them peace of mind. Now, neuroscience is showing that whatever music you choose can benefit you in several ways.

Meditate or Download Music?

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According to a recent report by Quartzy, traditional meditation relies on what is known as “jhana,” or the state of intense concentration. Meditation’s benefits include improved focus, reduced stress and increased serotonin and dopamine, which are associated with happiness and positivity.

Similar to formal meditation, music listening and playing can generate this same sense of being fully immersed. Music is associated with several of those same benefits and offers a prosocial aspect when attending a live concert.

When you’re at a nightclub dancing the night away or enjoying your favorite artist in concert, you often see the crowd moving together in harmony. Amazingly, Quartzy explains the emotional connection we feel when music brings us together: “What we call a vibe in the club or concert can be quantified both psychologically and physiologically.”

What Will You Choose?

Studies show that it isn’t possible to listen or play music at all times. There are some who meditate in order to have the benefits both can give during time were music is not accessible. Others don’t have time to learn meditation so they result to earphones while walking to work or taking lunch break.

But, now, some companies are taking that into consideration. For example, Headspace, a company dedicated to mindfulness and meditation products, just announced what it’s calling “the the world’s first prescribed meditation app” that will be released in 2020. The app is intended to help with various chronic diseases.

So with more options on the way, the question soon will be whether you choose to download music or a meditation app to help you through life’s challenges? The choice will be yours.

Infograph: Effects of Meditation on the Brain
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