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Our pace quickens as rich foliage deepens into shadow. The bushland suddenly falls 
silent, the horizon flames into orange red, the open sky provides just enough light to 

guide us back safely.

setting sun -
each treetop wears 

a golden halo

Using Music to Enhance Meditation Using Music to Enhance Meditation

he maternity ward in Kosice-Saca Hospital in eastern Slovakia, discovered the 
perfect way to ensure harmony among its new arrivals – by playing them the music of 

Mozart. Lined up in their cots the infants are a picture of contentment. Headphones 

are connected five times a day to the babies as the staff discovered that music helps 
newborns recover from the trauma of birth. The music therapy begins five hours after 

delivery and when the babies hear classical music they fall asleep or lie quietly. This 

music keeps them healthy and relaxed.

Of recent times a new phenomenon called the Mozart Effect has surfaced. The Mozart 

Effect is an inclusive term signifying the transformational powers of music for health, 
education and well-being. It represents the general use of music to reduce stress, 

depression and anxiety and to induce relaxation and sleep. Research with Mozart‟s 
music began in France during the 1950s, when Dr Alfred Tomatis began experiments 

in auditory stimulation for children with speech and learning disorders. Mozart‟s 

music has been sequenced by Dr Tomatis for different activities: high frequencies for 
stimulating the auditory system and slower tempo works for relaxation. He found that 

Mozart‟s structural patterning and subtle emotional expression helped to clarify 

time/space perception. The rhythmic qualities of Mozart‟s pieces mimic rhythmic 
cycles in the brain. Mozart‟s music is not overly stimulating and his classical forms 

such as the rondo, sonata and variation present basic ways in which the brain becomes 

familiar with the development of simple ideas.

Dr Georgi Lozanov, a renowned Bulgarian psychologist, developed a method of 

teaching foreign languages that used Baroque music (that is music written during the 
17th and 18th centuries) with a beat pattern of about 60 beats per minute. While 

listening to this music, students increased their normal retention of vocabulary and 

phrases. Dr Lozanov proved conclusively that by using certain Baroque musical 
pieces, foreign languages could be mastered with 85% effectiveness in thirty days. 

This occurred because students using Mozart and works by Vivaldi, Handel and Bach, 
recorded at 60 beats per minute, felt calmer, could study longer and indicated a higher 

retention rate overall. Why was this so? These special pieces recorded at just the right 

tempo activated the right and left brain hemispheres simultaneously. Music activated 
the right brain as the words one was reading and saying aloud activated the left brain.

When the body hears only a few beats per second of Baroque music the heart rate and 
pulse immediately relax to the beat. While one is in a relaxed and alert state, the mind 

can focus and concentrate more easily. During heavy mental work our pulse and


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