White noise of the natural world may be used successfully as meditational aids. The advantage to using natural white noise is that it contrasts most substantially to the "normal" urban sounds and noise pollution that the average dude or chick is now commonly immersed in. Natural white noise is also symbolic and reflective of a rather simpler state, providing a connection to our primal past long before industrialization came meddling about.
Natural white noise can also be used to effectively tap into our personal past experiences of mother nature and the emotions those memories evoke, usually bittersweet feelings of relaxation, past childhood experiences, vacations, and so forth.
Using Natural White Noise to Mentally "Switch Modes"As an aid to meditation, natural white noise may be used to signal or train the mind to "switch modes" from attending day to day concerns and worries, to turning the attention inward and finding the calm ever-present center. One of the ways to help achieve this change is to create a soundscape that gradually draws the listener's attention deeper and deeper into the listening experience. This activity creates a spiffing auditory allegory to the meditative act of going inward.
The MP3 "Sprinklin' Crickets" is a MP3 devoted to producing this kind of effect, and an example of this type of natural white noise is "Autumn Winds". Other natural white noise recordings that have this same effect is "Rain on the River", "Forest Brook", "Sleepy Beach Waves", and "Cave by the Waterfall".
The Effects of Natural White NoiseThe slow swirls of a flooded creek, or the playful chatter of a babbling brook... the accompanying chirping insects, or the companion peeping of birds... listening to the interplay of white noise from the natural world has many effects on us. A centering effect, a relaxing effect, and a calming effect.
Natural white noise also acts to create a feeling of space, liberation, and freedom. This feeling evolves into feeling the interplay of the seemingly different elements of creation. At this point, the occurrence of apparently random events suddenly begin to act as a whole, a gestalt, in which we perceive ourselves not as being spectators looking outside from ourselves, but as one participant who is self-observing.
Ideally these meditational soundscapes will have less "attention grabbing" sounds in them. Also there will be little variation in volume/loudness and tempo. These are therefore most effective when they are composed of continuous sounds that create a constant on-going sonic texture.