Meditation Techniques: Brainwave Entrainment and Meditation
It is so exciting for me to see the rising popularity in meditation. In modern times people from all walks of life are beginning to realize that meditation holds a key to helping them live the life they want to live. Today, more than ever before, there is a diverse variety of people taking an interest in this practice. We have business men, spiritual seekers, both men and women, and people of all ages taking that time during the day to sit quietly, close their eyes, and find peace within themselves.
With the seemingly endless list of benefits and increasing mount of scientific evidence to support these benefits, it’s really no surprise that this past-time is becoming so popular. Even as a 10-year meditator myself, I was pleasantly surprised recently when I read a Wikipedia article on recent scientific research behind meditation, stating that meditation has literally been shown to change the brain giving it more ability to master and control emotions, overcome impulses and bad habits, and produce more happy and positive neurochemicals that are beneficial both mentally and physically.
When you really think about it, it’s quite amazing that such a simple practice can yield such positive results!
In this article I want to share one of my favorite meditative techniques with you.
I love this technique because it is a perfect balance of simplicity and engagement. This is one of the keys to getting the most out of your meditation. You want to be engaged enough in the technique that you can hold your attention on it without getting distracted or bored, but at the same time, it needs to be simple enough to bring your mind to a silent and focused state. This meditation is easy and fun for a beginner, and is also just as enjoyable for a more experienced meditator.
Sit in a comfortable position, with your spine as straight as comfortably possible. Close your eyes and relax. On your inhale, count 1 to yourself. On the exhale, count one again. On the next breath, count 2. Continue to count your breaths until you reach 10. Do this three times. This is the first part of the meditation.
If your mind wanders, just gently bring your attention back to counting your breaths. If you find that you have lost count, or that you have been counting but unfocused (similar to when you are reading and you realize you do not know what you have just read) start the count over from one.
After you have reached 10 three times, the mediation changes a bit. You will notice that your breath has become slower, and deeper. On the inhale, say to yourself: “My inhale has become deeper.” On the exhale, say to yourself: “My exhale has become slower.” Do this however many times you would like, then move on to saying “I am breathing in peace and relaxation” on the inhale, and “I am breathing out tension and anxiety” on the exhale.
At the end of the meditation, you will be saying to yourself, “My mind is still” on the inhale, and “I am at peace” on the exhale.
Brainwave entraintment and meditation:
Now if you enjoy this practice, and want to really get the most out of meditation in the shortest amount of time possible, I would highly recommend you check out brainwave entrainment (to get started you can download a very effective alpha audio for free on my Free Stuff section). Brainwave entrainment technology was first developed by plugging lifelong zen monks’ brains up to an EEG and measuring their brainwaves while they meditated. The technology was then created to simulate the activity that occurred while they were meditating.
Someone that is new to meditation will usually need to practice daily for a few months before being able to hold their brain in a steady, consistent alpha state. It can then take years to be able to hold the brain in the deeper theta state. (Even with year’s experience, often times a meditator without brainwave entrainment technology will be experiencing an inconsistent alpha/theta state, with their brainwaves bouncing back and forth a bit, and the brain shifting back and forth between being fully immersed in the state and just getting strong bursts of these brainwaves.)
With brainwave entrainment technology, even a first-time meditator can simply close their eyes, relaxing with headphones on, and experience a deep, consistent theta state, or even go deeper into delta (a state which is usually unattainable while conscious).
For more information on which type of brainwave entrainment product is best for you, please feel free to browse through the recommendations/reviews on the site, and download a few free products to try.
We are at a very exciting time in our evolution as human beings! What spiritual seeker would have thought decades ago that they could cut the time needed to reap the real benefits of meditation by 1/16th, while at the same time being able to skip the discipline of having to train their mind daily to focus? This really is the “easy way out”!
Hint: even if you are using brainwave entrainment, you may still use the above mentioned meditation technique to further accelerate your progress and maximize the benefits you receive.
Here’s to you and your success in life! Feel free to contact me if there is anything that I can do to be of help to you in your journey!