Principles of Meditation
The music of the brain varies depending on the neuronal activity.
Neurons communicate with each other by electrical pulses; this activity can be seen in an EEG (electroencephalogram) in the form of brain waves.
Neuroscience measures these waves in Herzt (Hz) Cicles per second.
Types of waves:
We operate in Beta when we are awake; it is one of the fastest patterns, this range is good for peak performance, alertness, rational thinking, logic, focus, problem solving… Athletes use this type of waves to increase energy and motivation.
Too much of the higher range of Beta waves can cause muscle tension, insomnia, stress, anxiety, agitation…
In this state attention is mostly directed towards the outside world.
These waves occur when we are relaxed, drifting into sleep, just woke up or during light meditation. The pattern is slower and usually happens with the eyes closed. These waves are good for reprogramming the mind; they reduce stress, improve creativity, visualization, memory, learning and concentration.
Serotonin release occurs in the Alpha brain wave state, at about 10 Hz.
Children’s tend to play in Alpha. In this state the mind’s attention is set to itself, away from outside distractions.
This pattern is present during light sleep or profound meditation, in this range is where our deepest mind programs are set, so it is the ideal state for changing mental habits and re- programming. Theta waves enhance receptivity for subliminal messages, relaxation, creativity, visualisation, learning and storing information in long-term memory.
The slower the brain pattern, the slower the rhythms of the physical body and the easier for the whole system to find balance. This rhythm is known for the rejuvenation, accelerated growth, and rapid healing of the body and mind.
It is the lowest level of brain activity. These waves appear during deep dreamless sleep. It is very unlikely to remain conscious on this slow wave pattern even for the most experienced meditators.
Babies in the womb and up to 1 year record Delta state as the dominant level of activity.
It is linked with production of serotonin, DHEA and lots of other “good” chemicals in the body.
The most recently discovered type of waves; they couldn’t be recorded before the digital EEG was invented. These waves are related to higher mental activity,consolidation of information, vivid and rapid memory recall, richer sensory perception and higher focus. Gamma brain waves are the fastest brainwave frequency with the smallest amplitude.
At this speed the brain is able to process and remember big amounts of information very quickly.
Neuroscientists believe that gamma waves are able to link information from all parts of the brain.
The brain waves fluctuate constantly.
In Beta, one of the brain hemispheres is more active than the other, when the activity slows down both sides of the brain start to synchronise and work together.
Most adults operate mainly on Beta during waking time, Alpha occurs alternatively when trying to remember things, during creativity or relaxed moments… but Theta and Delta states are mostly achieved during sleep.
At sleep during the slowest brain activity, body cellular regeneration happens, healing and balance of the whole system that’s why after a good sleep we wake up ‘refreshed’ and ‘recharged’.
The practice of meditation is the best gift you can give to yourself for a good quality of life on every level. Although it can be difficult and frustrating at the beginning, the use of binaural beats is a good place to start.
Binaural beats are very popular nowadays in alternative medicine.
The beats are recorded in a particular way, usually with different frequency for different ears; that’s why is important to use headphones when listening. These beats stimulate certain wave activity in the brain.
Most guided meditations use this technology on the background music; other times inside the binaural music there are subliminal messages embedded for re-programming the mind.
I recommend them to my Reiki clients. 30min a day can bring spectacular results in a very short time.
With the use of this technology new connections and communication between neurons happens. The first 2 or 3 times I used it I felt strange, as if my brain was boiling, but this feeling soon disappeared and I started to sleep better, have more energy and feel more focused, to recover quicker from exercise or illness, and feeling happier…
I use them for some periods and then I practice traditional meditation for other periods. I like sometimes to put the alarm 30min earlier than usual time and then play one of the binaural beats when I am still half sleep (in Alpha state). Sometimes I fall sleep again knowing that my brain is doing the work. I call it passive meditation for lazy times.
Still use your own criteria and see for yourself how they feel to you. A maximum of 1h a day is the recommended dose. There have been loads of benefits reported but every person’s brain is different and the type of binaural beats too.
Even though this type of music helps to achieve slower speeds on the brain; it is important to work on stopping the internal critical voice when listening for best results.
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Happy brain music!