20 minute meditation journal

02 February 2015 10:41 PM
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Anapanasati. Today I tried playing beta binaural beats on my headphones while meditating. A friend of mine told me they're supposed to help with concentration; they didn't help me, if anything they distracted me a bit. I don't think I'll be trying that again anytime soon. 

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I realize the experience with binaural beats is different for everybody, but in the case of mindfulness meditation (or any other type of sit that's oriented towards relaxation and inner insight) I would personally go towards theta or delta beats instead. Perhaps add a nature soundscape in the background so that your mind is more receptive to the binaurals- and make sure you're using BINAURALS and not isochronics; the latter take some more getting used to when you're new to brain entrainment and can indeed be quite distracting since they're not processed by your brain as a constant hum, but as a ''beeping'' sound, rather.

Hope this helps. I use binaurals very frequently in my day-to-day sits and have done quite a bit on research on them.
Marie
Marie-Lise
almost 3 years ago
Thank you for your advice Marie-Lise, which one would you recommend over the other one, theta or delta? Also, I get relaxation from meditating but my objective is not that in itself, what I want is to increase my ability to concentrate on the breath exclusively without getting distracted. The beats I tried did sounded to me as a constant hum so I think you might be right. 
equanimityName
equanimity Name
almost 3 years ago
Considering preferences may vary depending on your initial state of mind when you sit, I'd recommend trying both delta and theta for a few seconds, see which one soothes you best on that specific day, and stick with it. A good place to test various types of frequencies is this YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/AudioEntrainment

Here are some examples of audios for the Theta and Delta states (Beta, btw, is associated with alterness and can induce anxiety from time to time, but it's indeed good for focus when you're studying for example- in the case of focusing on the breath, you still want a relaxed state (instead of fully awake and easily drifting off into thought) for this to be achievable while avoiding the instinct to ''change'' the breath- typically in a Beta state I would do a lot of that- but I'm a naturally anxious person so when altering the brain state I'd go towards audios that help the body give itself over to the meditation fully while not overthinking it).

Delta (4 hours): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PYQA0Xkdruo

Theta (1 hour): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9PNC4S5XxS0

Alpha (also helps with focused relaxation- had almost forgotten about that one): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bU4Fa0Drjm4

Hope this helps, keep me posted. Don't hesitate to ask if you have any questions. If you're interested in binaural beats you should look into The Gateway Experience and Quantum Mind Power, both programs utilize those beats in order to help expansion of consciousness and it also adds depth to the brain entrainment experience. I'm a fan of this specific area of spirituality so it's good to see someone else on this site that's also into it ;p

Namaste




Marie
Marie-Lise
almost 3 years ago
Thank you for taking the time to write such a detailed answer. I'll give a try and write about the experience on the meditation journal. One last question: what do you think is the most reputable source describing studies into brain waves and binaural beats?
equanimityName
equanimity Name
almost 3 years ago
I wish I could answer this question as according to me, there's no ''best'' source except ourselves. We're our own experiments when it comes to altering our moods/thought patterns and then proceeding to observe the impact on meditation and everything else about our lives. Reading about it from any kind of a manuscript or hearing about it in interviews will never quite convince me as much about their effect as trying each of them in various contexts. It's also more of a fascination to explore it that way, really. Especially as there's a lot of BS out there about the topic, especially now that this is being associated to ''virtual drug use''- I wouldn't trust the popular media when it comes to actually exploring where the phenomena comes from. Most of us don't use this to get high. :P

Good ressources that know this science well and respect it enough to use it to help people are the men behind the two programs I mentioned, Quantum Mind Power and The Gateway Experience (Hemi-Sync). Both men have been working on their audios in labs very painstakingly to ensure maximum effects on the listener and they have studied the topic thoroughly. So I would say listening to them is the best way to figure out what the hype is and why those binaurals are so important in spiritual practice and can be so beneficial. Quantum Mind Power is also called The Morry Method and is the creation of Morry Zelcovitch, it's easy to find interviews with him around YouTube where he describes not only the program, but the impact of mind-altering frequencies on his own day-to-day life. Robert Monroe, from the well-known Monroe Institute, created The Gateway Experience using binaurals to help mainly with astral projection but also with full expansion of consciousness to help the user reach full potential in his/her meditative states. The latter reason is mainly why I started using it, and the sounds do induce noteworthy results. There's also a bunch of interviews with Monroe and his students on YT and he wrote three books on OOBE's before he created Hemi-Sync.

Those programs have helped me give depth to my understanding of my own captivation for these sounds. However, if you do come across other ressources I'd love to hear about them. I research daily about the latest News and articles on the subject but I do put a filter on. Some information is valuable, some is junk. The real ''filter'' is your own experience.
Marie
Marie-Lise
almost 3 years ago
And you're welcome- I'm very passionate about this and wish there was more valid information accessible to the public about it. The fact that it became ''trendy'' put a spin on it and turned it into something it's not to most journalists and researchers out there. It's best to trust scientists when it comes to this topic and I view Morry and Robert Monroe as such in their own ways, because they *have* experimented with this very seriously.
Marie
Marie-Lise
almost 3 years ago
It takes a while for the entrainment to take. 

I recommend checking out Anne Wise's book, High Performance Mind and her follow on book, as it explains this a lot better. For example, in order for you to stay aware, you generally add alpha band to 'bridge' the deeper theta and delta bands. There is a lot more to this subject. (For example, her book doesn't go deeply into the mind-body connection and how to deeply relax the body).
Hosh
Hosh
almost 3 years ago