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Meditation vs. Listening to Classic Music

June 14, 2017

West Virginia University did a study in 2016 where they had two groups, One that did meditation (Kirtan Kriya) every day and the other group listen to classical music every day.

Kirtan Kriya meditation is also know as the singing meditation (don’t worry no singing is actually done). The sounds are chanted repeatedly and in order (Saa Taa Naa Maa). How to do this meditation

Both meditation and listening to classical music have previous studies extolling their benefits for the brain.

Dr. Lazar a neuroscientist at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, was one of the first scientists test the benefits of meditation and mindfulness and test them in brain scans. What she found surprised her — “that meditating can literally change your brain” – in a positive way.

A plethora of neurophysiological studies have demonstrated that listening to and/or playing music has multiple measurable effects on human brain structure and function. A recent study from the University of Helsinki, Finland has shown that listening to classical music has a positive effect on the brain.

First stage of the study lasted for three months. The first stage, the participants did their group’s task, meditation or listening to classical music for twelve minutes.

The second stage also lasted three months. The second stage, the groups were asked if they would like to continue doing the meditation or listening to classical music. Seventy-five percent of the wanted to continue doing their group’s task (meditation or listening). After three months this can be considered a indicator that the participants enjoyed their group’s task.



Participants in both groups showed significant improvement at three months in psychological well-being and in multiple types of mood and sleep quality.

The meditation group showed greater gains in perceived stress, mood, psychological well-being, and quality of life-Mental Health.

Those that participated for the full 6-months had greater improvement then they had at 3-months.


There was no report of control group, a group that did neither the meditation or listening. This is bad work for a clinical study, if a control group was not used.  If the control group’s brain functions also changed, there may have been other factors that effected the groups

My Suggestion

Do both every day (if you enjoy it; give it three months), you will feel your brain get better.


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