Common's List of Meditation Music

Common's List of Meditation Music

Published Mon, May 13, 2024 at 2:15 PM EDT

In his Men's Health "Common Knowledge" column, Common shares his favorite music to meditate to. "Meditation is a form of centering myself, quieting my mind, listening to the truest parts of me, and removing anything I don’t need at that moment to be centered," the Chicago MC shared.

"If thoughts come up, I just move them out of the way and let them pass by. Eventually, I get into a centered space where I’m feeling my truest self and feel I’ve calmed my mind. I can hear what I’m thinking and what I’m feeling—and I listen." Check out the music that Common gets centered to.

1. New Blue Sun - Andre 3000

"I think André 3000’s album New Blue Sun is brilliant and it’s peaceful. It’s in my catalog of music that I could go to if I need to feel that calm."

2. "Askim" - Kamasi Washington

"Kamasi has a song called “Askim” that makes me remember my higher self and calms me."

3. A Love Supreme - John Coltrane

"John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme affects me in a certain way, where I feel like everything is going to be okay. I could be driving, still safe."

4. "Africa" - D'Angelo

"D’Angelo’s “Africa” can put me in a meditative place. If a lot is going on, I need that music."

Meditation has a divine nature to it. It’s like you are connecting with your higher self, and your higher self is connected with the Most High. Music is divine. It’s the Most High speaking through us in so many ways.

- Common to Men's Health, 2024

5. "NY State of Mind" -Nas

"Over the years, I have also come to understand that everything meditative doesn’t have to be calm. Meditation doesn’t have to be only the flutes and wind chimes. I’ve had times where I feel like Nas’s “N. Y. State of Mind” is a song I can meditate to before I go into a meeting, and it gets me to where I need to be.

Meditation also has a focus. When I’m playing Mobb Deep’s “Shook Ones Pt. II,” I’m about to bring it! Any kind of music can be meditative, depending on what you need."

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