When you start to hear sounds during meditation, it can be a little disconcerting. You may wonder if it's dangerous or if you're doing something wrong.
As a rule of thumb, hearing sounds during meditation is perfectly normal. In fact, it's often a sign that you're doing something right! Some people report hearing sounds like buzzing or whooshing during meditation. This is usually because they're starting to tune into the subtle sounds of the universe around them.
In this article, we will explore why people hear sounds during meditation and what it means for their practice. We will also discuss the buzzing in your ear and what that might mean.
So, keep reading to learn more about sounds during meditation.
Meditation Cannot Impair Your Hearing
First and foremost, it's important to understand that meditation cannot damage your hearing in any way. Some people are concerned that the sounds they hear during meditation might be harmful to their ears.
However, this is not the case. Meditation is a safe and gentle practice that cannot cause any harm to your body, including your ears.
If you're concerned about the sounds you hear during meditation, it's best to consult with a medical professional. They will be able to give you peace of mind and rule out any other potential causes of the sounds you're hearing.
What Does It Mean When You Hear Sounds During Meditation?
Now that we've established that it's perfectly safe to hear sounds during meditation, let's explore what it might mean.
As we mentioned before, some people report hearing sounds like buzzing or whooshing during meditation. This is usually because they're starting to tune into the subtle sounds of the universe around them.
When you hear these sounds, it's a sign that your mind is quiet and you can focus on the present moment.
You may also find that you have become more aware of your surroundings and can even sense things you couldn't before.
In short, hearing sounds during meditation is a good thing! It means that you're making progress in your practice and are becoming more attuned to the world around you.
What Do Yogis Say About Sounds During Meditation?
If you're still not convinced that hearing sounds during meditation are a good thing, don't worry. There are plenty of people who feel the same way you do.
Many yogis believe that hearing sounds during meditation is a sign of spiritual progress. They believe that it means you're becoming more attuned to the universe and can sense things beyond the physical world.
For instance, as mentioned in the old text, the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, there are four main types of sounds that yogis say you can hear during meditation:
- The sounds of the elements (earth, water, fire, air, and ether)
- The sounds of the planets and stars
- The sounds of the human body
- The sounds of the mind
Of course, not everyone will hear all four types of sounds. And that's perfectly normal. Each person's experience is unique and will depend on their own level of spiritual development.
Each of these sounds is not necessarily literal. They can be interpreted as meaning that you're attuned to the sounds of the universe or the sounds of your own mind and body.
In any case, hearing sounds during meditation is nothing to worry about. It's a sign that you're making progress in your practice and are becoming more aware of the world around you.
What About The Buzzing In Your Ear?
If you've ever meditated for an extended period, you may have noticed a buzzing in your ear. This is called tinnitus, and it's perfectly normal.
Tinnitus is often caused by stress or anxiety. However, the actual cause is not always known. If you're concerned about the buzzing in your ear, it's best to consult with a medical professional.
When you meditate, you're allowing yourself to relax and let go of all the tension you've been holding onto.
As a result, the buzzing in your ear may start to dissipate. But, it might amplify because you are paying more attention to it.
If the buzzing in your ear is bothersome, you can try to focus on another sound or object. Moreover, you can also try to change the pitch of the sound by wiggling your jaw or making sounds with your mouth.
In my case, buzzing in my ear was derivative of a temporomandibular joint disorder. I didn't go to treat it in any way, but for some people, it's a very prominent health issue.
Can Meditating With Music/Binaural Beats Reduce the Buzzing?
There is no scientific evidence to support the claim that meditating with music or binaural beats can reduce the buzzing in your ear. However, many people find it helpful.
Some people believe that listening to meditation music or binaural beats can help to relax the mind and body. As a result, the buzzing in your ear may start to dissipate. In addition, it can also help to focus your attention on something else.
Of course, everyone is different. So, it's essential to experiment and see what works best for you. If you find that meditating with music or binaural beats helps to reduce the buzzing in your ear, then there's no harm in doing so.
By the sound being played in your ear or in your room, it will be harder to hear the buzzing, so if that works for you, great. Furthermore, some people find that white noise helps to mask the sound of the buzzing.
Spiritual Reasons to Not Listen to Music During Meditation
Some people believe it's best not to listen to music during meditation. They claim it distracts you from truly connecting with your inner self.
Others argue that meditation is about letting go of all thoughts and external distractions. So, by listening to music, you're not allowing yourself to relax and let go completely.
Also, turning on music to meditate might be your deeply-rooted way of avoiding other types of meditation.
There is a possibility that you created within your mind the idea that meditation with music is better. And the funny thing is, your belief alone is enough for it to be accurate, but that's not the case for everybody.
Ultimately, it's up to you whether or not you want to listen to music while you meditate. If you find it helpful, then there's no reason why you shouldn't do so. However, if you prefer to meditate in silence, then that's perfectly fine as well.
What Type of Music Can I Play If I Choose to Do So?
If you do decide to listen to music while you meditate, it's essential to choose the right type of music.
The best type of music is calming and relaxing. Some people prefer to listen to classical music, while others find that nature sounds or meditation sounds work better for them. It depends on your personal preferences.
Depending on the purpose of your meditation, the music must accompany and support it. If you're trying to achieve a deep state of relaxation, the music should be slow and soothing.
On the other hand, if you're using meditation as a tool to increase your focus and concentration, then the music should be more upbeat. Also, it's essential to make sure that the music you're listening to is not too loud.
You want to hear the sounds of your breath and body. Otherwise, you risk overwhelming your senses, leading to more anxiety and stress.
Whatever type of music you choose, make sure it doesn't distract you from your meditation. The whole point of meditating with music is to enhance your experience, not take away from it.
Meditate With Sounds Without Worry
Now that we've explored what it means to hear sounds during meditation, you can relax and enjoy your practice without worry. Whether you hear the sounds of the elements, the planets, and stars, or your mind and body, it's a sign that you're progressing in your spiritual development.
If you're ever concerned about any sounds you hear during meditation, remember that it's perfectly safe and regular. Simply focus on something else and continue enjoying your practice.
If you're interested in figuring out if meditation is a practice or state of being, please read this great article I wrote on the topic.