Note: If you want the Italian version of this article, then email me: firstname.lastname@example.org. Pardon my English as it is my third language…
Ever since I quit my 9-5 job at this telecommunications company at Tuscany, I have started on a journey of self-discovery of sorts by traveling to Baltimore, Beijing and Singapore. My 90-day trip was awesome, and deserves a blog post on its own. During this trip, I acquainted myself with meditation techniques and ways to reach the alpha state as quickly as possible. A friend of mine, Jonathan Smith, introduced me to brainwave entrainment, which is basically audio which helps meditation by tapping into the right frequencies of the brain. If you are into yoga and meditation then you would have no doubt encountered this audio technology before.
I was once a skeptic of brainwave entrainment, but after I have used it a few times I found that it is a splendid way to get into Alpha state as quickly as possible. I had problems with “mind chatter”, and given that I am an ADHD sufferer it didn’t help much. Jonathan then gave me a set of five CDs (by companies such as Transparent Corp and the Neuroactivator – http://neuroactivator.com) and I casually used them when I meditated. And it was a sure eye opener – I never had such a good meditation session before.
But was it a placebo effect? Well…
Brainwave Entrainment – How It Helps Meditation
For most of us beginners in the art of meditation (and yoga) the biggest challenge is to slip into what they call the “alpha state”. It is the state where you will feel “in the zone”, and the effect is marvelous. This is where meditation music is supposed to help. Brainwave entrainment is a “branch” within the bigger umbrella of meditation music, and itself is divided into different types such as binaural beats and isochronic tones. Many people actually use brainwave entrainment to fall asleep (especially for those who have insomnia problems), and also perform astral projections (as well as Quantum Jumping). For some, it is also a good method to beat depression. In short, brainwave synchronization could well be the next frontier when it comes to aided (and enhanced) meditation, visualization, affirmations and astral projections.
For me, I use it exclusively to aid meditation. I had out-of-body experiences before, albeit unintentionally, and it remains an area which I will investigate much later in life. For now, I am satisfied with using it to achieve alpha state as quickly as possible. I was first inspired to meditate with background music from this article in the Huffington Post -
I reaped a lot of benefits using these entrainment tracks while I meditate. If you want maximum benefits, however, follow these simple rules:-
- Make sure that you are using headphones. Brainwave synchronization works best with headphones. It’s good not to get distracted by outside noises.
- If you have a slight headache, stop listening.
- Count backwards from 100 – it helps me get into the alpha and theta states during meditation rather quickly.
Give this a try, and let me know if it works for you.
Lots of love,
PS: If you are in the Tuscany area and you want to link up and talk about meditation in general, get in touch. I am also looking for yoga teachers in this area. Email me!