Alternative Gems (20-Minute Meditation Playlist)


Meditation with a Modern Edge

If you enjoy alternative or indie music, you already know it doesn’t make for the best meditation music. Vocals you’d end up singing along with instead of meditating. Tempos that would have you up and dancing around rather than relaxing. But did you know that there are hidden little gems on certain albums that are the absolute solution to this, making it still possible for you to listen to your favorite genre and have a great meditation experience?

From their original mixes they’re just a lull in the midst, but assembled together they make a great little collection for a 20 minute -alternative- meditation.   Maybe you’ll even discover a new album you hadn’t heard yet.  You can go make your playlist or CD now and still fit in a nice meditation before the weekend ends. Listen to the samples here and follow the links to iTunes.

Try these alternative gems!

Broken Social Scene
Ambulance for the Ambiance – 5:18
From Bee Hives, 2004

The Book & the Canal – 1:14
From Feast of Wire, 2003

Third Eye Blind
Carnival Barker – 1:22
From Ursa Major, 2009

Where I Am At -1:41
From The Cautionary Tales of Mark Oliver Everett, 2014

Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova

Imogen Heap
Half Life (Instrumental) – 3:59
From Ellipse, 2009
*Be sure to grab the instrumental version*

Sleeping at Last
Turning Page (Instrumental) – 4:16
single, 2012

Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova
The Swell Season – 2:54
From The Swell Season, 2006

Bonus Track:

Want to extend your meditation? Or do you only have time for a brief one?
Try Andrew Bird’s
Ocean – 7:10
From Bliss, 2012

Any great playlist deserves a good idea for the theme of your meditation, and with this coming just in time to wind down a weekend. It is a perfect opportunity to focus on life’s counterparts of work and play.  When you begin your meditation, hold on to the question of, “How do I balance my free time and hobbies with your responsibilities?”  Then, let yourself open to all that you see, hear, and feel to bring some insight to that question.

I hope you will enjoy it as much as I do!  And, if you’re so inclined, we’d love to hear the results of your meditation. As always, remember to SHARE YOUR MEDITATION STORY when you’re ready.

Alternative Gems