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Why Meditones Are More Inclusive Than Guided Meditation
In the last few years, many conversations have risen about the lack of diversity in the wellness industry.
Whether it’s the overwhelming majority of White people represented; the lack of BIPOC voices; the ableism in many classes and venues; or the premium prices targeted at the affluent.
But we believe that wellness should be for everyone. And we’re committed to upholding our values for diversity, equity and inclusion.
Which is why we want to highlight the difference between our meditones® music and traditional guided meditations.
The problem with guided meditations
Guided meditations can be helpful for beginners looking to start a meditation practice.
They’re great for when you need some extra support with a particular issue. Or for when you’d like to practice a more traditional form of meditation such as mindfulness.
Unfortunately, there are also some drawbacks.
Guided meditations are often in English
Some large meditation apps such as Calm and Headspace have diversified their languages. But many smaller apps and meditation channels on YouTube are often spoken by White people or native English speakers.
This lack of diversity and inclusivity makes guided meditation a barrier.
Thankfully, there are some guided meditation apps that have been specifically designed for diversity. Liberate is a meditation app for the Black community, and Wellemental is a meditation app for diverse kids.
Meditation can make stress worse
If you found meditation really stressful, you’re not alone. One study of 1,232 people found a quarter of them experienced particularly unpleasant meditation-related experiences such as anxiety, fear and distorted emotions.
And while more research is needed, these findings suggest that meditation may not be suitable for everyone. Especially if you’re recovering from trauma, are neurodivergent or struggle with mental illness.
Meditation takes effort
Traditional meditation styles take practice. Which can be frustrating when it feels like meditation isn’t working, especially for beginners.
Plus, mindfulness and other forms of meditation can be difficult when you’re in pain, tired or distressed.
When your nervous system is on high-alert, it may be almost impossible to practice the focus required to go into deep meditative states.
Here’s why we believe meditones are more inclusive than guided meditations
1. Meditones music has no agenda
Because there is no particular journey being dictated to you, your brain will do the subconscious healing for you. Whatever needs to be revealed or released will come in its own time and way.
Plus, you don’t need to listen to any particular voice to gain the benefits. You can sit back, relax and let meditones do the deep work for you.
2. Meditones music works immediately
Because meditones help you naturally produce relaxed brainwaves, you’re able to experience deep calm effortlessly. You don’t have to do a thing.
This makes meditones perfect for beginners, or for times you can’t meditate – because you’re too tired, in pain, or distressed. Meditones are also fantastic for neurodivergent people who may struggle with self-regulation or overwhelm.
3. Meditones are for beginners and experts alike
Because there are no guided vocals, meditones can deepen your personal meditation practice.
If you are an experienced meditator, meditones help enhance focused forms of meditation like Vipassana, pranayama, mindfulness, and Transcendental Meditation. You can meditate as you normally would, and feel the depth that meditones can bring to your practice.
All tracks inside the Seekers’ Sanctuary contain meditones. There are a number of tracks that include guided meditations and affirmations. These tracks are spoken by our CEO, Tahlee who is a White cisgendered woman.
However, most tracks are simply meditones music. And you can filter for meditones music only tracks on the Explore page inside our app.