We've all heard of mood music, but "music to meditate to"? It sounds a bit ridiculous, doesn't it? Of course, the power of meditation to speed healing, enhance mood - all those good things have been scientifically proven and are widely accepted today.
But many people find it difficult to reach the fabled Alpha relaxation state in simple meditation. It can take months of practice to learn to sustain an Alpha state for any length of time. And as for the deeper Delta and Theta states! They can require a real adept and years of practice.
Robert A Monroe, creator and founder of the famed Monroe Institute and perhaps best-known for his books on out-of-body experiences, was actually a highly successful sound engineer by profession. He discovered that by playing music with different beats in each ear, the brain itself would become entrained and pulse at the difference between the two beats. Using this "binaural" beat technology, it was possible to select which frequency to entrain the brain to, and by listening to Alpha binaural beats the brain was placed in the Alpha (7 - 13 beats) meditation state.
With the deeper states it was found best to first entrain to Alpha for a while. After this it can be lowered to Theta (4 - 7) for a while before going to Delta (0.1 - 4 beats). The Beta (13 - 60) brainwave state is the normal waking state.
This discovery revolutionized meditation for many people. At the flick of a switch it became possible to get into the Alpha state. And the deeper meditation states could be reached 10 - 20 minutes later.
The Alpha state is a state of non-arousal. This is the best state for quiet contemplation, relaxation and learning. There is research which indicates that, while the cortex operates at Alpha or Beta (normal waking state for adults), the hippocampus operates at the Theta frequency. By extension, the brain stem may operate at the Delta frequency. So getting into theta puts you more in touch with your emotions. Delta would then be related to autonomic body functions. So the deeper brainwave states may help further in releasing tensions and healing.
Binaural Beats (which require the use of headphones) were discovered in the 60's and 70's - eons ago in terms of modern technology! Nowadays we also have Monaural Beats, Isochronic Tones and Trypnaural Isochronic Tones. None of these newer technologies require headphones. Many of them are now mixed with relaxing music and are now offered as music to meditate to and considered very effective.
If you are interested in meditating, but don't want to waste months learning how (and who has the time, these days) then there are hundreds meditation mp3s available online free or for purchase and immediate download.
And proven Binaural Beat meditation CDs are available from The Monroe Institute (Hemi-Sync), as well as Centerpointe (Holo-Sync) and other similar websites. You can even get free software to generate these beats and tones and super-impose them on your choice of relaxation music.
The proven health and mental benefits of meditation are easily available to anyone with an mp3 player or a CD player. Other beneficial music such as Solfeggio tones can be combined with entrainment pulses to enhance their effect. With the easy availability of this music, why hesitate? Get yourself some highly effective, technologically advanced music to meditate to and improve your life in many ways within minutes.
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