Well now you can get the benefits of meditation without the learning curve or hours of practice by using meditation audios.
Don’t make the mistake that I did
The National Institute of Mental Health website states that mental health issues are common in the United States with tens of millions of people affected. Only a small percentage of those receive treatment.
This could be due to the stigma attached to this type of problem. We still don’t like to talk about it or even admit to ourselves that we need help.
You try to ignore the warning signs and get on with your life. That was what happened to me. I always thought of myself as a positive, upbeat guy who could take the knocks.
But then, a combination of work issues, my wife’s health, too much to do and no ‘me time’ just caught up with me.
This time, I couldn’t snap out of it. I snapped.
I was totally dysfunctional for a couple of months and it was a long time before I was back at work.
There were times when my mind just wouldn’t shut up. It was like being at a party and hearing snippets of lots of conversations.
Trouble was they were all talking at 90 miles and hour and none of them were making sense. This went on for days and left me feeling physically exhausted. It was impossible to relax.
I’m fine now. More resilient. Life happens and I just stay calm and deal with it. But it took a long time to get to this point.
It didn’t need to be like that. I should have admitted to myself that there was a problem and looked for the solution earlier.
All I needed was a quick, easy and reliable way to get some down time and recharge the batteries. But that is the problem. All of the solutions seem to involve learning some technique, turning it into a habit and using it over a period of time. You need something that works now.
When you are stressed, there is no point telling you to relax. It’s like telling somebody who is angry to calm down.
What I eventually discovered was binaural beat technology. You could call it the ‘done for you’ meditation solution. It has been working for me for about four years now.
What are binaural beats?
Your brain constantly produces small electrical signals at a range of frequencies. Meditation is intended to get you producing more of the lower end frequencies.
Meditation masters are able to reach what are known as the alpha and occasionally theta brainwave levels associated with deep relaxation.
Those levels takes years of practice to achieve and are hard to maintain. Until now that is. Binaural beats enable anyone to get into these deep meditation states the first time and every time.
In fact, it’s impossible to fail. A process called brainwave entrainment does it for us with no effort or practice required.
When two sounds of different frequencies are mixed, the resulting sound is the difference between the two. this can often be heard as a wuh wuh wuh sound.
If the two sounds are applied to each ear separately via headphones, the mixing is done in the brain causing it to generate the equivalent brainwave frequency.
This frequency following response was discovered back in the 1970s and much research has been carried out since then.
The result is that many solutions are now available that give a safe, reliable and easy way to reach those deep, relaxing meditation states.
The beats that do the work are usually masked by music or natural sounds like the sea or the wind. These can be very pleasant to listen to in their own right.
There is no hypnosis involved. You remain totally alert and in control. You are free to practice other meditation techniques or just let your thoughts wander.
I have found that over a period of time, the mind chatter tends to slow down and I experience periods of quiet.
This is nice but it is not the objective. The meditation state is happening regardless of what your mind is doing.
Using binaural beats has become a part of my daily ritual like brushing my teeth. So much so that it is almost harder not to do it. That short deep relaxation period is an essential part of my day.
Things are very different now. It’s not that I have less stuff to deal with. Far from it. I am just calmer, more relaxed and happier in my own skin.
Whatever life throws at me, I just know that I can deal with it.
If you have some major issue to contend with, stressed is not a resourceful state to be in. You need your mind on your side, not running out of control.
As I said before, I reached a very low ebb before I discovered this technology and it was a long road back. I could have saved myself a lot of heartache if I had known about it sooner.
It makes sense to start to manage stress before it gets out of hand and with this technology it has never been easier.
I written more about binaural beats and brainwave entrainment in some of the other posts on this blog. You can find them by clicking the sitemap link below.
Binaural beats were the first type of brainwave entrainment technology that I discovered. There are alternatives that don’t require the use of headphones.
I have found some of these to be very effective. They have the advantage that you can use them while doing other things.
I am actually listening to one of these audios as I type this. I often have one running on my computer while I work.
If you were here in the room with me you would see the smile on my face. But you wouldn’t be able to feel the tingle in my chest or the sense of happiness and optimism that I am feeling.
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