How do brain patterns affect the way we meditate and what we get out of it? And what are they, anyway?
There are four distinct states,
· Beta, which works at frequencies between 14 – 21and higher, brain wave frequency ( cycles per second) and is associated with Waking state, the five senses and perception of time and space.
· Alpha working between 7-14 and higher and is associated with Light sleep, meditation, intuition. No time and space limitation.
· Theta works between 4 – 7 and higher and is associated with Deeper sleep, meditation.
· Delta works from 0-4 and higher and is associated with Deep sleep. You are unconscious at Delta.)
Scientists working on sleep patterns discovered that people who trained themselves to use the Alpha and Theta brain frequencies —levels of deep relaxation that most people experience while meditating or in light sleep— improved their standard of work and output. They also discovered volunteers were able to significantly improve their proficiency, and even found evidence of enhanced intuitive functioning within them.
What they found was that by teaching people to consciously guide themselves to the Alpha and Theta level of mind through deliberately centering themselves while fully conscious, they learned how to reprogram their minds much the same way as we do with computers.
When you break meditation down in this manner it loses some of that mystification many people try to give it. Instead, it becomes a matter of tapping into the natural resources within and maximising them to their full potential.
Next time you try the breath meditation, take a mental note of the differences between this occasion and when you tried it for the first time.