Binaural beats were first discovered in 1839 by Heinrich Wilhelm Dove. However, Dove didn't realise the full potential of this technology, he merely observed that it occurred. It was another 134 years before Gerald Oster penned an article called “Auditory Beats in the Brain” which was published in Scientific American in 1973.
It was proposed that a binaural beat occurs in the brain if you apply slightly different frequency sine waves independently but simultaneously to each ear. This beat effect is created by the brain itself and is largely due to the structure of the brain’s internal wiring.
These binaural beats are auditory brainstem responses, originating in the superior olivary nucleus of each hemisphere of the brain due to the interaction of the two different impulses.
The frequency of the two tones is between one and 30Hz. Lets take the example that the difference between the two tones is 10Hz. This 10Hz difference is experienced within the superior olivary nuclei as a beat . The brain has a tendency, through the frequency following response, to resonate at the same frequency as the auditory stimuli being presented. In our example this would be 10Hz, which is that frequency of the Alpha state. If we offer a binaural frequency of 5Hz, the brain will begin to resonate with that and produce Theta brainwaves. If we present a binaural beat of 3Hz, Delta brainwaves are detected. Alpha, Theta and Delta brainwaves are connected to altered states of consciousness that can be used to reprogram the subconscious mind, eliminate negative thought schemas and release emotional connection to memories.
In laymans terms all this means is that you can relax, put on some stereo headphones and let your mind synchronize with the binaural beat frequency to create real measurable changes in your mind and body.
There are immediate benefits of using these beats such as the creation of relaxed states, aided sleep or even energy boosts. However, this is not the limit of binaural beat technology. It is also possible to produce very unusual states of consciousness like lucid dreaming, creativity, out-of-body experiences, and transcendental meditation, to name but a few. However, there are also very real permanent benefits from using binaural beat technology. This technology has been used to create some very dramatic life changes.
The Monroe Institute have over forty years experience changing effects on states of consciousness with the use of binaural beats in their audio sound patterns, called Hemi-Sync. Centerpointe have conducted a lot of research into the use of binaural beats also. They created a program called Holosync which concentrates more on self improvement and achieving a higher level of conscious interaction, by creating desirable emotional, physical and environmental changes through a reduction in your anxiety threshold. They use their technology to reprogram your brain, remove old emotional thinking and negative emotional connection to long buried memories. You can even create your own affirmations later in their course to reprogram your beliefs.
These technologies can be expensive but the overall benefits of their use are immeasurable. However, there are cheap alternatives to both the above mentioned. Binaural beats in audio technology now come in affordable one CD sets. These can be used to instantly create a variety of different states such as sleep, meditation, creativity, lucid dreaming, etc. You can also get your hands on software to create your own binaural beats but I believe, when dealing with brain entrainment, this should be left to those with more experience. The technology is fascinating and it works but you really wont know that until you try it yourself.
This Mindfulness Meditation has been designed to help you completely switch off and connect with a feeling of presence and peace as you fall asleep.
This series of mindfulness meditations will help you to appreciate life in the present moment as you connect with your senses, thoughts and feelings. This is the fourth title in the series which has been designed to help you completely switch off and connect with a feeling of presence and peace as you fall asleep. Mindfulness techniques can help you to still your mind and clear away any worries or anxieties, allowing you to switch off and fall into a deep peaceful sleep every night.
This recording also features a beautiful windmill visualisation, which aims to help you calm your mind and let go of any thoughts without judgement. If you suffer with insomnia or struggle to switch off at night, the layers of hypnotherapy and progressive depth of this recording will make the process of going to sleep feel easy and natural.
Glenn’s acclaimed meditation techniques combine with deeply relaxing music by Russ Davey to create a powerful session that will help you make lasting and meaningful changes to your life. Russ’s music blends dreamy piano and guitar sounds with calming atmospheric soundscapes, heavenly choirs, chimes and Tibetan chanting.
People who practice mindfulness are less likely to get caught up in worries about the future or regrets over the past. Being mindful makes it easier to notice and enjoy the pleasures in life as they unfold. It also improves the way you react to stressful or difficult situations, allowing you to feel calmer and more balanced in everyday life.
Mindfulness takes practice, so for best results, we recommend listening to this 32-minute session once a day. This download also includes a 10 minute edited version of the main track. This short meditation is ideal for when you need a catnap in the middle of the day. Listen for ten minutes and feel more creative, refreshed and ready to take on the rest of your day with a new enthusiasm. With regular use you will be much more in control of your feelings and be able cope more easily with the ups and downs of life.
Mindfulness Meditation for Deep Sleep features a number of positive affirmations including:
• My mind is calm and clear
• I am safe and protected as I go to sleep
• When my head touches the pillow I feel very sleepy
• I always sleep well at night
Mindfulness lets you heal your mind in a number of ways:
• It helps release the familiar cycle of anxiety, worry and fears.
• It helps you become kinder to yourself, and reduces negative self-talk.
• It helps you to notice automatic reactions and to cease negative habits.
• It allows you to become more creative in your approach to difficult situations.
You can also use mindfulness techniques to cultivate qualities such as kindness, or overcome any number of problems or difficulties in your life.
Today's technology has a great impact on the lives of all people. Many new things are introduced into the market in terms of products and services. Even meditation has a different face nowadays.
There are many types of meditation, and included in these types is audio meditation. Just as the word suggest, you can meditate through the use of an audio form. Many years ago, this wasn't possible, but now, it seems that technology just keeps on surprising people with newer and better ways. And meditation is not exempted.
There are many audio materials available on the internet. If you think that audio meditation will do you good, then what are you waiting for? Do your homework and search the net for possible audio materials that can be used for meditation.
Here are some of the audio meditation materials recommended:
Inner Sunrise: if you want to feel all wonderful from the inside, this CD is the best one for you. It features a yoga master that can help you in your journey inwards to achieve peaceful serenity from within.
Moolamantra Vol 2: having an open heart has its advantages and if you're like that, don't forget to check out this great CD. You will surely receive the unlocking key to desire, fulfillment and spiritual treasures. This CD features an ancient chant that is set on a subtle chorus of feminine voice and evocative orchestration.
Chakra Dhyana: this is a 50 minutes album containing traditional mantras to activate your seven chakras or energy centers. It begins with your root chakra and ends with the coronary. This is a guided meditation that can help you and other listeners to experience deep relaxation and awaken Kundalini.
Dhyana Mantra: this was recorded in India and is considered Moolamantra's transformative version. It is able to retain the raw and refreshing energy although it was an improvised recording of the South Americans and Indians. If you purchase this CD, you will feel mystical power and you will be transported to a different spiritual plane.
All of the above items are audio materials. You can also find audio/video materials that are best suited for people who want to use their sense of sight and hearing while meditating.
Many forms of meditation are applicable to many situations. If you're a music lover, then perhaps you might want to try meditation music. In fact, as a human being, you can be compared to musical instruments because you can hum, sing, whistle, and make other pleasing and expressive sounds. Every person's musical experience is often described with words like harmony, flow, stimulate, healing, in trance, in tune, uplift, and many others. When you express yourself through musical sounds, something unusual is happening inside your system.
Numerous distractions bombard individuals as they go through their daily lives like noise pollution, social melodrama, stress of daily commute, tedium of work, and a lot more. Life today is considered fast-paced because of a lot of new technological advancements, and therefore, people suffer from continuing stress. You can't focus on your work effectively because your mind is already overloaded, uninspired, and burnt out. This results to a creativity block that can bring hopelessness to a person. But here's the good news, there is a way to combat and cope with this kind of situation and that is through deep meditation music.
Where can you find such music? If you have no idea, then it would be better to ask the help of someone with knowledge about music meditation. On the net, you can find several sites that provide pre-recorded programs on music meditation but one that we really recommend is OmHarmonics Meditation Audio. OmHarmonics is a revolutionary audio meditation product designed and developed after a year of devoted attention by Mindvalley and a team of world-class consciousness engineers.
It was only after 1973 when music was used for meditation. All the programs make use of the binaural technology. Through this technology, the brainwave frequencies (right and left hemispheres) are synchronized.
Through the deep meditation music, the brain can create fresh neural pathways. By doing so, the maximum potential of your mind is tapped at a shorter time. Usual meditation practices take longer periods but with music, you can find increased intelligence, inner peace, and reduction of stress.
Different goals and needs can be met by the wide choices of programs available. The specific program should be used to address a certain need/goal since programs vary in their brainwaves; and this is necessary to get the preferred effects.
Meditation music can benefit a lot of individuals. In fact, some specialists recommend deep meditation music as a form of therapy to address certain problems like that of stress-related illnesses. Many people are actually using this very effective tool and they are amazed and pleased with the results. They are able to achieve personal growth as they continue listening to meditation music.
If you're suffering from extreme stress, or if you're always unfocused, burnt out, and uninspired, it wouldn't hurt to try meditation music. This is already accepted in our society today and many doctors are now recommending such therapy. If your medications seem to have no effect at all, then it would be best to start with music therapy. This is a very good form of meditation. It relaxes your mind, as well as your soul.
Online or offline, there are a lot of resources that you can use to help you in finding the perfect meditation music suited for your situation. Get family and friends to help, or even your officemates. Better yet, consult your doctor or a specialist who knows a great deal about meditation music. You will soon realize that you're slowly recovering from your problems.
This meditation is an authentic rendering of Yoga Nidra as taught in the Himalayas by the masters of Yoga, Vedanta and Tantra. While it is an advanced meditation practice, anyone can start the practice while watching it deepen over time.
Yoga Nidra literally means "Yogic Sleep." In this deep meditation you train your attention to leave the chatter of the Waking state of mind, go past the fantasy of the Dreaming state, and consciously, intentionally enter the stillness of the Deep Sleep state, yet paradoxically remain awake and in deep meditation. For thousands of years the Yogis have used Yoga Nidra to master the art of sleep, to balance the subtle energies, and to experience greater depths of meditation.
The state of conscious Deep Sleep or Yoga Nidra is underneath, behind, or subtler than meditations at either the Waking or Dreaming levels. This subtle state is called "Prajna," which means "supreme knowing." "Pra" means "supreme," and "jna" means "knowing." The conscious experience of this state is a doorway to higher, formless knowing that has been called the infinite library of wisdom and the teacher within.
The depth of authentic Yoga Nidra comes from inner awareness of the levels of your own self, including your body, breath, and the subtler mind, rather than diverting attention through music or inner fantasies (as pleasant as these may be). This inner exploring through self-awareness is a more refined form of meditation that leads you deeper into the stillness and silence of your own being, while remaining fully awake and aware. The Yoga Nidra methods bring you to a place of awareness where you are able to completely let go of any words, thoughts, images, impressions, or pictures in the mind. You are guided to allow your mind to "empty, empty, empty" though you remain fully awake and clear of mind.
The practices on this CD will gently train your ability to direct your own attention, which is the primary skill in the art of meditation. You will find that you are gradually able to use these methods on your own, without the CD, and the benefits will be with you not only during your practice time, but also during the activities of daily life.
The voice will systematically guide you to explore your physical body, then move through 61 specific points within the body, and then practice ascending breath awareness along the body and spine. Your attention will be brought to the space between the eyebrows, then to the throat, and finally to the heart center, where you will go deep into stillness and silence, beyond the activities of the mind.
The Yoga Nidra CD has five tracks. The first track is an introduction (8:02 minutes), describing the state of Yoga Nidra and the practices on the CD. The next four tracks move through four sequential practices that are listened to together, so as to form a complete practice of 57:24 minutes (CD is 65:36 minutes in total). These four tracks can also be listened to individually, as complete practices unto themselves, which allows you to have the benefits of practice when less time is available.
These intense times can be challenging. Discover how this acclaimed CD helps you deeply relax body and mind, reduce tension and anxiety, and develop a sense of calm and balance in the midst of the stresses of everyday life.
This full 79-minute CD is a complete program that introduces you to Mindfulness Meditation, and guides you with clear step-by-step instructions through 4 meditations and explains how to integrate mindfulness into your normal everyday activities. Both beginners and experienced meditation practitioners are successfully using Finding Tranquility-Guided Mindfulness Meditations to develop and deepen their mindfulness practice. See the endorsements below from teachers, therapists, writers, University professors, a ballet dancer, financial consultant, Tibetan Buddhist lama and others.
Drawing on her meditation experience of more than 30 years, and her extensive training in Zen in Japan and in Tibetan Buddhism and Dzogchen in the USA, Rayner-Horn simplifies long and complex practices, into a simple, accessible, easy to follow program. Having studied with some of the foremost meditation teachers in different traditions she shares with you the essence of ancient meditation practices in a warm, inviting manner that helps you access your own wisdom, clarity and equanimity.
As a psychotherapist in private practice with extensive clinical experience in both England and the USA, and a professionally trained teacher of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, Erica Rayner-Horn brings a wide-ranging experience to her approach to mindfulness.
Praise for Finding Tranquility
"Highly recommended for those experiencing stress. We use it in our Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention program and the feedback is very positive."
G. Alan Marlatt Ph.D., Director Addictive Behaviors Research Center, University of Washington, WA.
"Finding Tranquility carries the voice of an experienced meditator with a beautiful soothing voice and many years of experience behind her. Transitioning from our busy lives to peaceful meditative awareness is challenging -this program can take you there."
Lama Tsultrim Allione, author of "Feeding your Demons" and Founder of Tara Mandala Retreat Center, CO
"As I focus on my breathing I relax, and my shoulders drop from ear level to normal level! Being in the present moment, not focusing on past or future, I feel the amazing euphoria of my childhood again. I float away from a session as a stronger, more aware individual who cherishes the present moment."
P. Scussel, Financial Consultant, CT
"Listening to this CD, we experience the very tranquility Rayner- Horn teaches us to find in our everyday lives. Her clear, kind voice welcomes us into the practice of meditation, inspiring us to become as fully present as we can be. My mother relaxed into such a healing depth after her surgery, thanks to your CD. She loved your voice and the intelligent kindness that resonates in every word."
Susan Scott PhD-Psychotherapist and author of "Healing with Nature;" WA
"I love meditating with your CD! I get to be aware of my breathing and release tension."
Carla Korbes -Principal Dancer, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Seattle WA
"As a cancer patient, Marriage and Family therapist, and teacher of psychology students, I have listened to many CD's of this genre over the years. Finding Tranquility is without a doubt, the most masterfully scripted, gently spoken and convincing approach to mindfulness meditation. I return to it again and again."
Susanne M. Fest, Ed. D., Faculty, Antioch University, Yellow Springs, Ohio
"Erica's soothing voice, calm pace, and concise description of mindfulness make this a must have CD for all meditation practitioners, new or seasoned."
Jessica Leon- Business owner, Clinton WA
"I received Finding Tranquility as a birthday gift- I love these meditations! Erica’s voice is amazing, she is so soothing. Her guided meditations help me to feel relaxed and at peace. It is a wonderful gift to give myself, to relax after a long day-
I recommend it!"
Francesca Ferrentelli PhD, Psychotherapist, St. Louis, MO
"Just the advice on how and why to meditate is worth the price of Erica’s CD, not to mention her guided meditations…her very kind voice inspires deep relaxation and the sense that all is well with the world."
Rigdzin Chodron- Meditation Instructor & Director, Kilung Foundation of H.E. Kilung Jigme Rinpoche, WA
"A powerful and delightful introduction to mindfulness and meditation, Erica’s calming presence, wise words, and beautiful voice permeate throughout."
Richard Thomas PhD, CancerLifeline, Seattle, WA
Meditation Before Sleep is a new album of Mindfulness Meditation Music from Spa Maestro. This is yet another piece of ambient music conducted to improve the mood and sleep hygiene of the listener. The steady sounds of this music will invade your thoughts and help you drift gently to sleep.
You’ll probably be unable to listen to the whole compilation without falling into a deep slumber in the end. This music is perfect for you if you have trouble with falling asleep or sleeping all night long without waking up.
Put this album on when you lie down and let the music work its magic. In no time it will be the morning and you will not be able to imagine an evening without the Meditation Before Sleep tones.
Yoga is global. Throughout the world, people of all ages and backgrounds are practicing yoga to relax and rejuvenate and musicians are creating music to accompany it. This planet-wide interest in the age-old Indian practice inspired World Yoga.
Drawing on contemplative sounds from Wales to Tibet and Armenia to Uganda, this collection leads listeners to deeper relaxation and connection with life. With an engaging balance of more traditional yoga sounds mantra-based pieces with Indian elements and unexpected acoustic gems from Africa and beyond, World Yoga reflects the practice s planetary impact and grace.
Created from Putumayo s massive music library, World Yoga follows the same arc as a yoga class. It begins with a call to focus and quiet the mind and body, thanks to the lush, evocative voice of Gambian-British singer Sona Jobarteh (Reflections). Later tracks offer more dynamic moments, without breaking the flow or concentration. And the album closes with deeply relaxing songs such as Tibetan-Nepalese singer Kelsang Chukie Tethong s A Prayer to Dispel Sickness and Harm, designed to accompany the more meditative period of practice.
These songs hail from disparate yoga, musical and cultural traditions, such as the Kundalini tradition as expressed through Mexican singer Mirabai Ceiba s Ong Namo. They may flow from regional roots (the Welsh electronic folk of 9Bach) or display an electronica kick (DJ Drez s Floating Sweetness). I can t recall ever feeling so relaxed as I have while listening to the tracks on the collection, says Putumayo Founder Dan Storper. Whether driving in traffic or dealing with work-related stress, these songs helped transport me to a much more peaceful and happier state.
The diversity of World Yoga reflects yoga s ability to transcend borders and cultural barriers, to move people of different backgrounds. The music promises to turn a daily commute or next round of yoga practice into a meditative yet energizing experience.
The music in Calm Within was created to induce deep relaxation according to principles of science regarding our responses to sound and rhythm.
All the songs have a BPM of 60 or lower. This has been noted to be the beats per minute that will calm the heart rate as it causes the brain to synchronize with the beat, producing a frequency from 8-14 hertz per second which causes an alpha brainwave state.
Stanford University Researchers found that listening to relaxing music can change brain functioning to the same extent as medication. Listening to the right sounds can bring the gift of healing, and rejuvenation.
These songs are further designed to bring on a sense of ease through repetition of musical phrases, and positive memory association, initiated to bring listeners to a relaxed and happy space. All these special intentions of conception have formed a powerful album for deep peace and tranquility, bringing connection to spirit, mind and body.
Laura Sullivan is an established New Age and Grammy® Winning artist who is inspired and led to creation promoting holistic health of mind and body.
These compositions were produced to bring instant well being, soothing and a feeling of purity. Intended for use for both children and adults, to alleviate stress and promote light within and to be beneficial in getting to sleep and resting peacefully through the night.
Other uses include Massage, Yoga, Meditation, Spa Music and any activity where complete serenity is desired.
Stuart Jones is a true master of producing the best in music for relaxation and wellbeing, with over 35 million hits on YouTube!
Stuart's new offering features nine new tracks wonderfully enriched with subtle hooks and endearing phrases. From the opening title 'A Soft Breeze' - the entire album features beautiful strings, stunning piano, choral incursions and haunting melodies.
The title piece 'Soothe Away' captures the essence of the album perfectly, with harps and flutes weaving a path throughout the musical voyage. Tracks such as 'Meadows of Freedom' with its piano, haunting oboe and delicate strings play out a smooth groove. While 'A Place To Let Go' starts with tumbling piano and a feeling of space… before settling the listener down to strings and a sense of calm and wellbeing.