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How To Fast Track Meditation Mastery With Binaural Beats

How To Fast Track Meditation Mastery With Binaural Beats

Binaural beats are something I discovered thanks to the Joe Rogan podcasts. He had an ex MMA fighter on the show, Kyle Kingsbury. He was talking about doing anything he could to get an edge in training, which I would imagine most fighters and for that matter athletes at the top level from all sports do. It’s why we see rugby players hitting the weights room as a matter of course these days and soccer players doing things like yoga and pilates. In professional sports you seek to get the most out of both your body and mind.

When it comes to the mind, the training comes in the way of meditation. Now without going into too much detail (since the details obscures the communication of the concept rather than aids it), meditation allows you to alter the frequency at which your brain operates, which has many great benefits.

The brain normally operates at the beta frequency of around 15 to 30Hz. This is your every day walking around type of conscious state. What meditation does is allow is to alter that state to lower frequencies – Alpha – 7-14Hz, Theta -3.5 – 7 Hz and Delta – 0.1 – 3.5Hz.

In addition  to the lower frequencies there are also Gamma brainwaves. These are higher frequency brainwaves that can improve energy levels and concentration.

Where binaural beats come into this story is that they serve as an aid to reaching these brainwave states. Unassisted, it may take some time to really feel the benefits from meditation. Because people – including me – don’t feel as though they are getting much out of meditation, they end up letting it slide. I know that has been my problem for years. Our society doesn’t like gradual. It likes instant results. A six pack in a day type of stuff.

Binaural beats shortcut the meditation benefits process, which is obviously why I use them. You can feel refreshed and relaxed from a binaural beats session right away. Then in time you will see that you are starting to approach things in a much calmer way. Little things don’t really bother you the same as they used to.

The way binaural beats work is that if you listen to sounds with a particular frequency in one ear and another frequency in the other ear, the brain is entrained to the frequency difference between the two. For example, if you have 100Hz in one ear and 95Hz in the other, your brain is entrained to the Theta frequency range of 5Hz.

The theta range is the range I have learned to work in when I meditate.  Moving your brain into this state is extremely calming. In a similar way that slowing down the breathing can calm the mind, slowing down the frequency at which the brain operates is equally calming. I also use the alpha range from time to time. There are supposedly different benefits to each. If you are going to try them, experiment to see what gives you the best results.

The purported benefits of theta binaural beats are deep relaxation, improved memory, improved focus etc. In fact, strangely enough, all of the same benefits attributed to meditation. There are other claimed benefits, for example access to “the collective unconscious” and “increased psychic abilities”, but let’s stick with the things we can prove shall we? If you manage to actually connect to a collective unconscious one day and it actually exists, I would see that as a bonus, not something to expect.

It’s not hard to find binaural beats tracks. Simply look up binaural beats on youtube. Once you have  chosen the one for you, plug headphones into your phone or PC, lie or sit down, shut your eyes and just relax. Allow your mind to drift and enjoy the feeling.

Binaural beats are an effective way to shortcut mastery of meditation. If you have always thought that you would like the benefits of meditation but have found that you could never stick it out for long enough to see those benefits materialise, try them.

Image source:  Yamato (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

 

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Shaun

A guy obsessed with stripping down whatever field he studies to get the optimum return from effort expended. Sort of like Tim Ferriss, except with zero fame.

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