Meditation Recordings - Three Uses
In the past meditation recordings were often just light music
or gentle sounds of nature. Compositions by Bach and others that
were shown to alter brainwaves were common too. Though they were
relaxing recordings which may have helped with meditation, they
didn't always induce a meditative state very effectively.
Modern meditation recordings use brainwave entrainment, meaning
they have beats and sounds which directly entrain your brainwaves,
causing them to slow down. These are usually masked in nice music
or the sound of rain or other nature sounds. According to the
frequencies used, they put you into an alpha state of consciousness
or deeper states.
Such CDs and MP3 downloads make meditation easy, and that
is the primary purpose they are used for. You pop in a CD, put
on the headphones, then just sit back and listen as you are taken
into a meditative state. But this isn't the only thing you can
use these for. here are two more.
Meditation Recordings as a Sleep Aid
Listening while laying down often leads to sleep (it always
does for myself). People don't often choose to use brainwave
entrainment technologies for this purpose, but they work powerfully.
Have insomnia? Put on the headphones and listen whenever you
are ready to go to sleep at night, or just for a power-nap in
Meditation Recordings For Brainstorming
Brainwave entrainment recordings can be used for stimulating
creativity when you need to brainstorm new ideas. You can define
the problem you're working on (writing it down helps) and then
have a meditation session using the CD just before going to work
on it. The meditative state will clear your mind and hopefully
leave you open to more creative approaches afterward.
You can also listen to meditation CDs while brainstorming
ideas. Fir this you'll want one of the ones that aims for a light
meditative state, because there is some evidence that we're most
creative when in this "alpha state" (brainwaves at
8 to 24 hertz or seconds-per-cycle). Sometimes the concentration
you develop when brainstorming can make it difficult to reach
this light state of consciousness, but giving it a try won;t
do any harm.
For Great Brainwave Entrainment Try The Meditation
I use these regularly and love them. - Steve Gillman