When I first heard about brainwave meditation, I thought it was something out of science fiction. But once you get a chance to look into it, brainwave meditation is a powerful tool for releasing the forces already in your mind just by harnessing the power of those things called “brainwaves.”
The idea of getting control of our thoughts and our mind seems other worldly for sure. But when you think about it, you already have some control. Lots of the methods of brainwave meditation are already part of our daily lives and vocabulary. You might hear people say these phrases about their thought lives.
- I am going to go to my happy place.
- I need to gather my thoughts.
- You need to get a grip.
- I have to try to get my mind around this.
- I’ll get centered and get back to work.
- You just need to focus.
All of these catch phrases from “getting centered” to “your happy place” actually refer to little tricks we have already learned to use to control the way our minds and thoughts work so we can stay in that “place” that is happy and productive. You get to that place by manipulating your own brainwaves.
Brainwave meditation takes that skill you already have and supercharges it. Using disciplines pioneered in Kundalini Yoga along with more recent research in such exotic sounding ideas as binaural beats, we can learn to take our master of brainwave meditation and perfect it into a powerful tool for our own well being, our health and our happiness.
If meditating is new to you, don’t worry. There are lots of web pages, books and meditation masters in your own community that can help you get started. Meditating is an act of calming your mind and directing concentration. When you think about it, the mind is a muscle, like the biceps or any other muscle and as such, it can be trained through meditating.
Brainwave meditation combines what we know about the brainwaves of the mind with the discipline and powerful results meditating can bring. Meditation exercises are not difficult to master and can be worked into your busy schedule.
Scientists have discovered that when we are in a positive frame of mind, certain brainwaves control our thoughts and others when we feel depressed or anxious. Brainwave meditation gives you the ability not only to control your thoughts and energies but your moods and frame of mind as well. Binaural beats are just another set of tools to help us achieve the goals we want to have as a result of brainwave meditation.
So What Are the Basics?
Don’t be put off that our ultimate resource for knowledge of brainwave meditation is the ancient teachings of Kundalini Yoga. The process is still quite simple.
- Start with the posture. Find a comfortable way to sit, preferably cross-legged and position your hands relaxed on your thighs facing up. You want your hands to be still so touching the fingers together helps encourage the contemplation process.
- Focus your eyes so they are still on some quite object. Generally, eyes half closed and gazing at the tip of your nose helps quiet your eyes as well. If that is uncomfortable, you might choose a simple object like a candle flame to fix your gaze on throughout the exercise.
- Focus your hearing. A mantra is often used for this because it is a simple word or tone that you can allow to fill your mind and quite the raging thoughts in your head. To let your brainwave meditation have effect, using your sense of hearing is important. Binaural beats can accelerate brainwave meditation tremendously. To use binaural beats you would use headphones so two tones that vary only slightly in tone and frequency are fed into each ear. This triggers the concentration of positive brainwaves to empower brainwave meditation for maximum results.
- How long should it go on? The ideal length of a meditation session is 31 minutes. But you may have to work up to that as you train your mind to be able to concentrate your thought process.
There are powerful benefits to brainwave meditation including increased concentration and a more healthy heart and digestive system. But by far the greatest benefit is the sense of calm and joy that comes from being able to maintain a constant positive brainwave level and the positive impact on your moods, your emotions and your approach to life as a whole.