Guide to Spiritual Music

Are you the type of person who can hear a song and have it make your day? That means you are one of the lucky ones who is highly sensitive to music, and that can be a very good thing for your soul. Since there is an infinite universe filled with music intended to heal, embrace and soothe, the possibilities are endless for the use of spiritual music.

We hear it in spas, hip restaurants, retail stores, green grocers, yoga studios and other environments that promote relaxation, healing and well-being. Hearing spiritual music is not hard to do – yet finding good albums or tracks to buy is another quest entirely. To help you find an ideal blend of vibrations to match what your soul is in need of, we’re sharing our “tastemakers” list with you to help you navigate your way through an array of global artists and sounds.

Uncover the perfect blend of sacred tones to create a positive, healing and loving feeling wherever (and whenever!) you need to connect with your true self – be it at home, in the car or at work.

Chill-out music
We are so lucky to have so many labels and series dedicated to this particular sound. Chill out music is lo-fi, yet upbeat and relaxing at the same time. It generally incorporates sounds from around the globe – from Indian tablas to Brazilian dance music. Eclectic chill-out music can set the tone for an intimate dinner party or elevate your mood on the way to work – or it can take you to exotic destinations with its global sounds. Series like Buddha Bar and Tabla Beat Science, and labels like Six Degrees are all good bets. Tantra Lounge is a exotic Indian landscape based on music from a Los Angeles hotspot that we particularly like. Bands (mostly out of the United Kingdom) such as Zero 7, Transglobal Underground, Nitin Sawhney and Banco De Gaia are also very uplifting.

Otherworldly music
World music is a form of spiritual composition that is indigenous to a specific geographic culture. It is a large genre that encompasses everything from Native American Indian flute solos to Sufi music from the Middle East and tribal African drumming. The music is spiritual, because it touches our souls and is often sung softly in verses borrowed from Sufi poets such as Rumi or Hafiz. World Music isn’t necessarily part of any particular spiritual path, but it can be used for many different purposes. Yuval Ron is one the finest examples of a World Music artist, since he combines musical traditions from Israel to Spain and the Middle East to generate sentiments of peace and love. Egyptian singer Natacha Atlas adds an exotic take on World Music, as does Algerian Cheb Khaled. In fact, a large segment of World Music comes from the many regions of Africa and feature tribal rhythms, hand percussion, and the plucking of string instruments. But the finest singers, such as Samite, come from Kenya. Samite can reduce you to tears with the amount of unconditional love that pours forth from his heart. For an array of artists from around the world, pick up any of the Trance Planet compilations.

Yoga and meditation
This music is a more specific form of spiritual music. It is often associated with “mantras” sung in Sanskrit, and often based on Far Eastern Hindu and Zen Buddhist vibrations, and can be used to assist in meditation – or just to provide a positive, life-affirming alchemy in your life. Hey, you can even use it to clean the house and meditate in at the same time. Yogic music is usually performed on instruments originating in the East, such as a harmonium and a tabla drum or a sitar, and sung in Sanskrit, using a call-and-response repetition format. The compositions are intended to quiet the mind, and detach it from the ego. This form of music has become increasingly popular, with artists like Krishna Das, Jai Uttal, Dave Stringer and many others. These specific artists have brought Kirtan (call-and-response chanting) to the mainstream, and have been selling out yoga studios – and, in some cases, concert halls – around the world. For yoga or meditating, we highly recommend Riley Lee’s Music For Zen Meditation.

Hip devotional music
Anoushka Shankar (daughter of Ravi), Talvin Singh and Cheb i Sabbah are just three modern musicians devoted to Indian (North African) music that is sometimes referred to as “devotional.” Their modern take on ancient instruments, voices and sounds is a lush landscape of mesmerizing vibrations and hypnotic grooves. Their songs are perfect for all occasions for which you might want an exotic feel – from hanging out with friends to raging garden parties. On the truly authentic edge of devotional music are the Gregorian Chants (think monks at Christmas), and the late sufi (qawwal) singer Nusrat Fatah Ali Khan from Pakistan – one of the most recognized voices worldwide. These are often used for a variety of healing reasons. All devotional music has healing attributes, since the primary goal of sacred music is to help you connect with your inner soul.

To choose spiritual music that will best serve you, you need to ask yourself an important question: “What is my intention?” Are you seeking environmental ambience to generate a healing energy in a space? Or are you preparing to meditate or pray? Perhaps you are seeking music to be the background as you do yoga at home, or engage in some journal writing – these are the sorts of considerations that will help you find what you are looking for to enhance the quality of your life through spiritual music.

More recommendations…

Krishna Das – “Live on Earth” CD – Yoga (Kirtan)
Yuval Ron Ensemble – “Under the Olive Tree” CD – World Music
Samite – “Stars to Share” CD – World Music
Buddha Bar (series I-V) – World Groove
Meditative Moon – Meditation & Yoga Music
Bliss – “Om Namah Shivaya” CD – Yoga & Meditation
Axiom Of Choice “Niya Yesh” CD – World Music

New Earth Records
Sounds True Records
Triloka Records
Spirit Voyage Records

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One thought on “Guide to Spiritual Music

  1. Disha

    My favorite music at the moment is Papillon Mystique. Their music is enriching, heart-opening, and so alive with goodness. So that’s another good one if you are looking for beautiful, meditative, spiritual music!

    Love & Thank you.


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