What is Singing Nitaai Meditation?
Unless one sings, one will never be truly happy. Yes, such is the importance of utilizing our singing and musical propensity. It cannot be stressed enough.
No joy without singing
Singing is an undeniable source of happiness. Because who hasn't experienced the magical and uplifting power of singing and music? Music is art. Music is therapy. Music educates. Music relaxes. Music heals. Music uplifts. And music unites. Singing ability, especially in a group, is a product of humans' evolution as social beings.
Ear is superior to the eye
The singing and musical propensity is supported by human biology. Singing, and the musical expression in general, depends on the sense of hearing. Our sense of hearing is the first one to be developed in the fetus. And is the last one to leave us at the time of death too. Out of the five senses, the sense of hearing is the most sophisticated one. Modern society has over-emphasized visual perception. But in terms of accuracy, range, intensity and other characteristics, the ear is much superior to the eye.
Our ears have intricate pitch and tone recognition
Our ears come equipped with an intricately tuned pitch-recognition network within them called a tonotopic map (from the Greek, meaning "the place of tones"). This feature enables us to process and recognize specific sound frequencies and send them on to different parts of the brain depending on their particular pitch. Then, to process that information, specific cells in the brain consistently light up in response to one particular frequency or a multiple of that frequency. This means that human beings can process these tones with absolutely no musical training whatsoever.
Our vocal chords are a fretless musical instrument
Another wonderful gift of nature are our vocal chords. Human voice is the original musical instrument. It belongs to the category of wind instruments. It is deeply entwined with our core identities. It is a fretless instrument with flexible lower and upper bounds. It is thus highly universal and can produce tones of any frequencies and melodies of any arbitrary scales. We carry it always with us without feeling it's weight at all.
Music sense not necessary
Thanks to the tonotopic map of our ears it is not mandatory to have knowledge of music theory. Nor is it required to have, what we call, musical sense. Singing always works. As one study shows, the considerable benefits that come from singing are not tied to any arbitrary measurement of musical quality. Or as Jeff Buckley seconds: "There is no 'good' singing, only present and absent".
The powerful formula for peace and harmony
Singing of the Nitaai sound, which is singing Nitaai Meditation, has been practiced for a very long time. It is both very simple and beautiful in nature. The fact that this practice survived for thousands of years proves that it works. Irrespective of time, place and circumstance. The Nitaai sound is a timeless, powerful formula for peace and harmony. Thanks to its roots in world's most expressive languages of Sanskrit and Latin, it embodies life's most subtle and essential aspects.
The ultimate chord of Nature
The Nitaai sound is the ultimate chord of the harmony of Nature. As one may know, a chord is a combination of 3 (or more) harmonizing tones. The Nitaai sound consists of 3 syllables: Ni, taa, and i. These syllables embody the frequency or meaning of mindfulness, peace, and bliss, respectively. These three aspects of life combined together constitute the state of perfect beauty and harmony. A state each one of us is consciously or subconsciously striving for all the time!
Sync up your hearts
By repeatedly singing the Nitaai sound, one focuses on what really matters: on the universal music of nature, as well as on one's heart and core identity. By the power of Nitaai sound and music, one's mind and attention is effortlessly drawn to one's own singing activity. Singing in a group is also wonderful. The feeling of unity during a singing Nitaai Meditation retreat has to be experienced by oneself in order to know what it means and feels like. As confirmed by the researchers of HeartMath Institute, the heart rates of members of the group sync up together during the singing session.
Singing Nitaai Meditation: a joyful fitness exercize
There isn’t a more joyful and easier health exercise than singing Nitaai Meditation. If done mindfully and properly, it hardly imposes any stress on our vocal chords or any other part of the body. To the contrary, it can be a good exercise for the lungs and helps to develop a stronger diaphragm by the contraction of the abdominal muscles. The oxygen used in singing is actually a greater amount than some other exercises. Therefore, it can promote better stamina and capacity.
Health benefits of Singing Nitaai Meditation
Researches done at various health institutes and universities provide following results in regards to the health benefits of singing practices, such as singing Nitaai Meditation:
- Effective development of communication skills
- Better brain cognition
- Natural mood booster through release of endorphins
- Natural antidepressant
- Increase in alertness through better-oxygenated bloodstream
- Strengthening of immune system
- Decrease of stress levels
- Improvement of posture
- Better sleep
- Prolongation of life span
- Improvement of social life
How to practice singing Nitaai Meditation?
In the beginning it may be helpful to sing in a judgment-free zone. I guess nearly everyone of us has his own personal experience with singing in the shower or the car. The goal is to establish a living connection with one's voice and to Nature with the Nitaai sound, by mindful singing. Under these comfortable circumstances, one can also experiment with the pitch, volume and melody. Within a relatively short time, one will find his or her optimal sweet spot within. Then one can do singing Nitaai Meditation joyfully for as how long as one desires.
Accompaniment with musical intruments
One can accompany one's singing of Nitaai sound by any musical instrument. One of the primary instruments recommended to try it with is a harmonium. It is a very simple instrument which resembles a small piano. It's working mechanism is based on vibration of reeds similar to an accordion. But it is much easier to play. One can master playing a simple melody within a few hours.
Reeds of a harmonium sound like human voice
The notion of reeds is very significant in this connection. In some languages a reed is also called a "voice". The sound of a reed kind of resembles the sound of human voice. The playing of harmonium during singing Nitaai Meditation is like singing in a chore. Or in other words, the "singing" of the reeds of a harmonium is like having background vocals supporting one during the Nitaai Meditation retreat. It is also much easier to follow a particular melody if played with a harmonium.
A much-needed antistress and happiness revolution
Singing Nitaai Meditation can literally bring about a much-needed antistress and happiness revolution in the present day society. A revolution of peace, joy and harmony. The melodious Nature's sound of Nitaai is the common thread among all of us, because we all have our own natures, we live in nature, and we are part of the cosmic nature. Everyone can relate to it.
Feelings of love and compassion are the hallmark of singing Nitaai Meditation
Spontaneous feelings of empathy, appreciation, respect, and understanding are not uncommon during singing Nitaai Meditation retreats, especially those performed in a group. So, there are no excuses whatsoever not to start singing Nitaai from today itself and make oneself and all others around us happy and mindful of Nature!