Meditation in the Digital Age

The most common answer to the question, "How often do you meditate?" Is "Not often enough," I find. It is quite daunting to get started and most people don't seem to have any idea what to expect. Joining classes can be tough and expensive, and lying down and falling asleep at the end of your yoga class really doesn't count. If this resonates at all, then I have an answer for you: have you heard of binaural beats?

What if I told you that all you had to do was to pop your headphones on about four times a week for 20 - 30 minutes to become an expert meditator. You don't have to sit up, cross legged or assume any yoga postures. Just plug in, close your eyes and relax.

In a nutshell the theory is this: If you have one ear listening to 520 Hz and the other ear listening to 530 Hz, then there will be a third, perceived tone of 10 Hz, and that's what you're after as this magic number corresponds to one of the following brain states: Alpha (7.5-14 Hz), Beta (14 - 40 Hz), Delta (0.5 - 4 Hz), Gamma (above 40 Hz)  and Theta (4 - 7.5 Hz). Each one of these is associated with different moods: Alpha = deep relaxation, Beta = thinking and reasoning, Delta = deep sleep, Gamma = insight and Theta = light meditation. 

You can download these tracks from various websites and many make claims beyond just the brainwave entrainment, although I wouldn't pay them much heed. 

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