TimeStamp | Topic
00:12 | Know How Intro
00:40 | What exactly regarding ‘music’ will we be discussing about?
01:08 | The main ‘practical’ difference, between distracting music & Relaxing Music
01:32 | What do I mean by ‘distracting’ music?
01:43 | What exactly do I mean by ‘relaxing’ music?
02:02 | What will I encourage you to do in the course of this video?
02:14 | Distracting Music Vs. Relaxing Music (Distracting Music)
04:46 | How do we exactly identify, which music is ‘distracting’ and which is ‘relaxing’?
05:02 | Characteristic No.1 of a Relaxing music.
05:11 | Characteristic No.2 of a Relaxing music. (and some theory around it.)
05:41 | Characteristic No.3 of a Relaxing music.
07:10 | Some technicalities regarding what we want to achieve through the suggested practice of listening to relaxing music.
09:00 | Conclusion (and an extra recommended practice to boost things up!)
09:52 | Video Outro (and the wrap up!)
——–PRACTICE-ONLY VERSION: (TL;DW?)
Suggested Prerequisite for a better understanding: Ataraxia Series #09 (link below)
Following are the practices, suggested in this video:
~ When you want to listen to ‘music’ for the purpose of stress-relief, listen to music that is ‘relaxing’. You can listen to the ‘relaxing’ category of music to glue your brain to a relaxed state, so you can calmly and optimistically process your problems and stress, and figure out the purpose and cause of why the stress is there and how to go about dealing with it.
~ (Characteristics of Relaxing Music:
i. It should not Grab most of your attention when you listen to it, it should just relax your mind without distracting it.
ii. It should be something you like and enjoy listening to.
iii. It must NOT have any lyrics to it.
iv. It should NOT feel noisy.)
~Music that has lyrics, or any music that grabs most of your attention and shuts your ability to think… comes into the category of ‘distracting’ music.
Do not listen to the ‘distracting’ category of music, for stress-relief purposes. It would end up creating more problems for you.
Only use the ‘relaxing’ category of music.
(Watch the whole video for more in-depth info on the topic!)
I want to take this opportunity to talk a little about the ‘Mozart Effect’. I don’t want to talk about this only because its interesting, but the Mozart effect ties in very well with the concepts I have shared in this video.
For those who don’t know what the Mozart Effect is. Its the concept that states, that people who listen to ~Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart~’s music (which is classical), tend to be more intelligent, and tend to have a higher IQ and problem solving abilities.
In short term consideration, listening to Mozart’s music temporarily increases the IQ and problem solving abilities of a person who listens to it for a few minutes. But if anyone listens to it often enough (for a long period of time), then displaying intelligence and having high problem solving abilities become habitual.
Although this ‘effect’ is seen pretty much in a large range of classical based musical works, its called specifically ‘Mozart’ effect because… it was Mozart’s music that was first used in the studies that were conducted to test this. (And perhaps people wanted his name to live on, so that could have been the reason too.)
Since this is an interesting topic, many studies have been done on this. What I want to make a focus of in this little talk of ours, is that studies done with non-classical music (like metal and rock for example), have also shown the ‘Mozart effect’ taking place.
So after pondering about this, and trying to connect the proper dots together, I discovered what characteristics, exactly in a music causes the Mozart Effect.
I have informed you (on a general level at-least) about those characteristics in this video.
Every music, that comes into the category of ‘relaxing’ music as I have defined in this video… CAUSES THE ‘Mozart Effect’.
I want you to take a minute to process this… this amazing information!
The ‘relaxing’ category of music, will cause Mozart Effect in you if you listen to it. It will boost your problem solving abilities, your IQ, your concentration and focus and your over-all intelligence (whatever type it may be). This practice can not only help you with stress, but your over-all lifestyle and brain-power can be improved with this quite massively. Isn’t that SUPER DUPER AWESOME!?
~I personally listen to the relaxing category of music, pretty much all day long while i’m on the PC (doing studying, researching, working and so forth). I’m listening to em right now infact XD I have been doing this since an year or two, and this is me sharing the compressed form of my experience with this. So thank you for taking the time to watch and read all of this out. *thumbs up*
How about I mention the ones I’m listening to as example below? Would that be alright? (I do suggest listening to start listening to these after you completely stop listening to music for 10-20 days.)
natural music/sounds work awesome too!
(As you may have already realized, I use these type of nature’s music, as the background music in my videos… And now you know why!)
Just by typing any sort of genre of music with the word ‘relaxing’, you can find hopefully a vast amount of music to choose from on youtube. So do try and check it out!
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~The Following is the transcript of this video.
So music! Music is a topic, that can have a short series of its own!
But in this video, we will be discussing only that part of music that is practically relevant to this series.
More specifically, we will be discussing about the music that would help us ‘relax’.
Now I want to clear this out before we move on, there is a ‘difference’ between using music as a tool of ‘relaxation’, and using it as a means of ‘distraction’.
There is a significant difference between the two.
Distracting music causes ‘distraction’. Distraction, takes your attention ‘away’ from the stress. It forces your brain to look away from it.
Whereas, a relaxing music causes ‘relaxation’. Relaxation, helps you look at the stress and problems you are going through, with a more cooler and relaxed state of mind.
So what exactly do I mean by ‘distracting’ music and ‘relaxing’ music?
Let me inform you what I mean by them,
Music that takes away most of your attention when you are listening to it, allowing you to shut away your thoughts so you can’t hear them anymore.
I’m referring to these type of music as ‘distracting’.
Whereas, Music that does not take away most of your attention, and only boosts your ability to stay focused and calm.
I’m referring to these type of music as ‘relaxing’.
This ‘relaxing’ category of music does not shut away your thoughts you see.
It only helps you process your problem and stress in a more relaxed state of mind.
What I’m going to be encouraging you to practice in the course of this video is that, I want you to pick up the relaxing category of music when you are looking to ease your stress, rather then the distracting category of music.
Before I specify the characteristics of a relaxing music and a distracting music so you can identify them better.
I want to first further talk more about the difference between the two and why its really important, that you are aware of the consequences of listening to each of them.
The reason I want to talk about this is because most people, use music as a means of ‘distraction’, rather then ‘relaxation’. Which ends up causing deep issues for them.
So let’s continue with this….
if we use music as a means of ‘distraction’, if we look away from the stress, then our focus would be diverted from the stress, to something else. That is what ‘distraction’ means.
If we look away, then we are NOT acknowledging or learning from the purpose of stress that we discussed about in the last episode.
Stress is there to teach you something. It is there to motivate you and help you realize something very important, that your unconscious mind believes would be very useful for you in your current stage of life.
If you don’t learn from the experience of stress and look away, then distraction is only a temporary fix.
The stress you looked away from will come back later, accumulating more stress.
Then you would be challenged with even bigger stress.
If you further distract yourself, then again, your stress will temporary vanish and then come back later with even more larger baggage of stress.
And hence in this manner, your stress would keep growing more and more.
This process will slowly plunge you into the jaws of confusion and depression.
And then you would be randomly wandering to people around you and on online websites, announcing how you don’t know what to do anymore.
Well of course you would not know what to do! Stress was helping you figure out on ‘what to do’ and you just kept distracting yourself!
So we don’t want that, we don’t want to look away from stress, but rather we want to acknowledge that its there for a reason and we want to learn to better manage it.
what we want is that…we want to keep our focus on stress, but just look at it in a more relaxed state of mind.
And the ‘relaxing’ category of music can help us with this.
When we look at our stress and our problems in a more relaxed state of mind, we can THEN more properly learn from the experience of stress, we can think more clearly and optimistically, we can analyze better why the stress is there, and figure out what message its trying to give us.
And as you may know from the last episode, when you fulfill the purpose of stress by acknowledging and fulfilling its message, the stress goes away.
Not only does that stress go away completely, but you evolve to better and more confidently handle the challenges that occur in your life.
I hope all of this makes sense.
So again, we need to use music as a means of ‘relaxation’. NOT as a means of distraction.
So how do we identify, which music is ‘relaxing’ and which is distracting?
First of all, its very subjective. What may be relaxing to me, might not be as relaxing for you.
But there are a few key characteristics of a relaxing music, so let’s take a look at them.
The first characteristic, and the most subjective one is that you must enjoy the music.
If you personally don’t enjoy listening to it. Then of course it won’t be relaxing.
Second, it must not have any lyrics to it. Hence all you are left with are the classical music, the instrumental ones, natural sounds, binaural beats, isochronic tones and so forth.
Lyrics add a lot of noise into the music, which may end up blocking most of your inner thoughts.
Blocking your inner thoughts mean you can’t properly pay attention to the stress and think about it.
Lyrics obstruct your thinking. That’s why music with lyrics come into the category of ‘distracting’ music.
People listen to these type of music in stressful situations because they help shutting up their inner thoughts that are making them focus on the stress.
The concept of this is simple, people who want to shut their inner voices, try to do so by creating a lot of external noise.
They shut their inner voices by overloading their sense of hearing.
The external noise takes their attention away from their inner voices, which serves as a distraction.
People who cut themselves or do self-harm follow the same principle, they overload their sense of feeling by physically harming themselves.
So in-consequence that forces their mind to be so distracted by the physical pain, that it loses all focus from the emotional or psychological stress that was there.
I hope this makes sense.
So lyrics, add noise, noise is distracting.
Hence if a music feels noisy, if you feel that its making it difficult for you to think and hear your internal thoughts.
Then that music is distracting and NOT relaxing.
Third, and this one is also subjective. The music should not feel noisy, and it should NOT be attention grabbing.
it should feel like a light background music, rather then a type of music that takes over most of your attention.
The reason you don’t want the music to grab much of your attention, is because that attention needs to be directed to focusing on figuring out the purpose of stress.
I apologize for not being able to give you any proper example in this video.
That’s because using someone’s music might result in a copyright related issue for me.
So I would leave you with some examples in the video description so be sure to check them out.
Now Let’s get a bit technical on what we want to achieve here.
Music is just vibrations or frequencies arranged in a way that sounds pleasuring.
And if you watched the second episode of my sleep hack series, you would know that our brain operates on these different frequencies, and depending on which range of frequency its operating upon, our mental state changes.
The music we listen to with our ears, directly affects the frequency our brain is operating on.
The frequencies of music we are listening to with our ears, directly affects the frequency our brain is operating on.
Therefore depending on the type of music you are listening to, the music can change your mental state.
Depending on what music you are listening to, it can make you happy, it can make you sad, it can relax you, it can make you teary, it can make you feel intensely emotional, it can make you feel high, it can make you sexually aroused or it can even make you emotionally dissociated.
The music you listen to (whether you know it or not) has a huge impact on your psychology that is being developed.
And this is just about the music without considering the lyrics. The lyrics have a different field of affects.
But lets remain on-topic here. So the music we hear, directly affects our mental state.
What we want, is we want to listen to music that relaxes us, and use it to glue our brain to a relaxing state.
So that even when we want to think about our stress and problems, our brain is completely glued to the relaxed state because of the music.
Hence making it easier for us to to remain cool headed while thinking about the stress and while processing it.
The relaxing genre of music helps in keeping us emotionally stable and in control during the whole process, of figuring out the message of stress.
I hope all of this makes sense.
If you have not watched the last episode of the ataraxia series, that is the ninth one specifically.
I highly recommend it because the practice in this video may make more sense to you after you watch that.
Allow me to conclude what we learned in this video in the most simplest of sense.
In times of great stress and depression, music can help in relaxing us. Or it can help in distracting us.
We want to use music to inject a state of relaxation into us, so that we can think about our stress, in a more calmer and emotionally stable state.
Making it over-all easier for us, to figure out the cause and message of stress.
And how to go about proceeding to deal with it.
I hope this makes sense.
Be sure to keep in your mind the difference between a relaxing music, and a distracting one.
And another thing I would like to suggest, is that…
I recommend that you stop listening to music for the next 10-20 days.
When you listen to music after this period, your taste in music may likely be more flexible.
Making it easier for you, to switch yourself from distracting genre of music, to the relaxing one.
Well with that! allow me to wrap up this video.
Be sure to read through the video description below as I mostly add something more about the topic in there.
I think I shall write about Mozart affect down there. So be sure to check that out!
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