Exploring Meditation

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Exploring Meditation

“Meditation is mind’s gift to itself.”
— Lama Ole Nydahl
“There are many kinds of meditation. There are some that do not require a formal setting or a particular physical posture. You can meditate while driving or walking, while on a bus or train, and even while taking a shower.” – Dalai Lama

Exploring Meditation
You may have heard about the powerful benefits of meditation: Less stress, greater relaxation, sharper thinking, improved memory, enhanced creativity, and more. Meditation can be practiced and experienced in a number of ways. Meditation is practiced all over the world without any reference to a specific religious context, but the techniques remain as they have been for thousands of years.

In Hinduism the basic objective of meditation is to attain oneness of the practitioner’s spirit with omnipresent and non-dual almighty called Paramatma or Brahman. In Buddhism meditation is considered as part of the path towards self-realization or nirvana. Transcendental Meditation is a modern technique practiced 20 minutes twice each day while sitting comfortably with the eyes closed. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi made the practice popular all over the globe over 50 years ago. Overall, meditation holds some amazing benefits for those that practice it routinely. Since the 1970s, there have been over 3000 scientific studies at over 200 independent universities, all validating the life-changing gains of regular meditation.

Brain Frequencies and Meditation  

Let’s briefly look at brain science. Your brain consists of 100 billion brain cells, and each of those cells talk to each other using little spikes of electricity. The overall pattern of this activity can be measured using an electroencephalography (EEG) machine. This overall pattern is represented as a “frequency”, and that frequency can be thought of as a signature for your state of mind. We have different names for each frequency range: beta, delta, and alpha, for example.

Right now, you’re alert and conscious, and so you’re most likely operating in the beta range of 12-30 Hz. (Hertz, meaning cycles per second.) When you’re asleep at night, you’re in the delta range of 0-4Hz. We also know the exact meditation ‘signature’ frequencies too. By observing Zen monks in practice, we can see that the more advanced the meditation, the deeper the brainwave frequencies, while you remain awake and conscious. So, the more advanced the meditation, the deeper the brainwave frequencies, and the greater the benefits in your life.

The problem is that reaching the states that bring about such powerful benefits takes time. You need to invest hours in weekly practice and months of training as you learn to slowly quieten the mind and slowly progress into deeper and deeper states of meditation. You may find it too difficult to quieten your mind, or find yourself dropping off to sleep. And that’s where brainwave entrainment comes into play.

Brainwave Entrainment

But what if there was a ‘hack’ you could use to quickly achieve those deep, profound states – all within just minutes? Meditative science has the answer. Brainwave entrainment is an area of science that has been heavily researched over the past 100 years. It provides the key to improving your meditation results, quicker than you ever thought possible. To understand how it works, imagine striking a tuning fork, and holding another tuning fork next to it. What happens? The second tuning fork starts vibrating at the same frequency as the first. The same thing happens with the brain. It plays “follow the leader.” If you expose it to a particular frequency, the brain follows and copies that frequency. This is a phenomenon in science known as brainwave entrainment.

Now, this is where it all gets really clever. Remember, we know the frequencies associated with super-deep meditation. And we know that the brain follows frequencies when exposed to them. So, we create a form of stimulation that incorporates those frequencies, and expose it to the brain. Typically, this is done through a simple audio file (such as an MP3), using isochronic tones or binaural beats to deliver the frequency. By listening to this audio file, the brain quickly copies the frequency, and takes you down into a deep state of meditation – effortlessly.

Using this technique involves no struggling or difficulty trying to quiet your thoughts. Just listening gives you speedy access to those deeper states of consciousness, on-demand. By listening, you get the immediate benefit of enhanced relaxation, and the dissolution of stress, anxiety and worry. Over time, the greater benefits become clear: sharper brain power, improved focus, decreased insomnia, enhanced creativity, dozens of huge health benefits, and more.

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