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This Is How Meditation Actually Works

Meditation

It is a practice to control the power of thought and to cultivate more peace, clarity and happiness.

Meditation enables us to move from higher frequency brain waves to lower frequency waves, which activates different centers in the brain.

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5 Categories of Brain Waves

  1. Gamma State: (30 - 100Hz) The state of hyperactivity and active learning. 
  2. Beta State: (13 - 30Hz) It is associated with the alert mind state where we function for most of the day.
  3. Alpha State: (9 - 13Hz) Brain waves start to slow down out of thinking mind. We feel more calm and peaceful.
  4. Theta State: (4 - 8Hz) The verbal/thinking mind transitions to the meditative/visual mind.
  5. Delta State: (1-3 Hz) Most of us reach this final state during deep, dreamless sleep.

Breath meditation

  • Sit comfortably in your chair with your shoulders relaxed and spine tall.
  • Place your hands mindfully on your lap.
  • Try to eliminate any stimulus that may distract you.
  • Focus on your breath to slow the brain waves down from Beta or Alpha to the Theta State.

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