How does Meditating Work?

We’ve all heard that meditating is supposed to relax and balance ourselves and it should be practiced the same way that you blink or breathe-all the time. Meditating is a practice that helps you achieve higher consciousness. It can rewire our brains entirely. It’s been known to ward off health issues and prepare people to handle more in their lives. It is a way to control your emotions. But do we really know how it works?

  1. Gamma State: (30 – 100Hz) This is the state of hyperactivity and active learning. Gamma state is the most opportune time to retain information. This is why educators often have audiences jumping up and down or dancing around — to increase the likelihood of permanent assimilation of information. If over stimulated, it can lead to anxiety.Beta State: (13 – 30Hz) Where we function for most of the day, beta state is associated with the alert mind state of the prefrontal cortex. This is a state of the “working” or “thinking mind” — analytical, planning, assessing and categorizing.3. Alpha State: (9 – 13Hz) Brain waves start to slow down out of thinking mind. We feel more calm, peaceful and grounded. We often find ourselves in an “alpha state” after a yoga class, a walk in the woods, a pleasurable sexual encounter or during any activity that helps relax the body and mind. We are lucid, reflective, have a slightly diffused awareness. The hemispheres of the brain are more balanced (neural integration).

    4. Theta State: (4 – 8Hz) We are able to begin meditation. This is the point where the verbal/thinking mind transitions to the meditative/visual mind. We begin to move from the planning mind to a deeper state of awareness (often felt as drowsy), with stronger intuition, more capacity for wholeness and complicated problem solving. The theta state is associated visualization.

    5. Delta State: (1-3 Hz) Tibetan monks that have been meditating for decades can reach this in an alert, wakened phase, but most of us reach this final state during deep, dreamless sleep.

Bullet points taken from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ashley-turner/how-meditation-works_b_4702629.html

Meditation has been proven to preserve the aging brain and improve memory. It also has shown to increase focus in people and decrease mind-wandering. Mind-wandering can be signs of unhappiness or focusing on the past or future too much. By toning this down by meditation you will start to see things more clearly in present time. Meditation can also have the same effects that medication have on anxiety or depression. It can rewire your brain and increase happy hormones like dopamine or serotonin. Meditation has also shown progress with helping addiction. Meditation “decouples” cravings from the actual act of consuming or doing whatever you are craving.

As you can see, meditation only has positive benefits. It is important that we take care of our minds just the same way we should take care of our bodies. Our minds control every aspect of our lives and if we have an unhealthy mindset, we have an unhealthy life. By making simple changes like meditating or using sound healing, we can bring positive energy back into our lives and raise our vibrations.

The Guilt Game

What is guilt? We’ve all felt it. We all know how it makes us feel. It is one of the worst feelings and can leave you sleepless and sad. Maybe you did something and are too embarrassed to admit it. Maybe you finally realized something and feel like you need to right a wrong. Maybe you feel undeserving and when you finally achieve a goal or receive that item, you no longer feel good, but rather guilty.

Guilt is a funny thing. In a cognitive perspective, guilt is the thought that you have done harm unto someone else. Some people feel this emotion many times throughout the day; some people feel this emotion only once in a while. Researchers and psychologists believe that guilt and the amount of guilt you feel is determined on how you were raised and how you played as a child.

Guilt can be irrational and cause extra anxiety. It can make a situation seem more severe than it really was or it can make you question what actually happened. Sometimes people will experience guilt when they come into a large amount of money. Maybe they got a new job and they are paid very well or someone passed away and they inherited money. They may feel like they are undeserving of this money and they are afraid to have it or use it. This can cause extra distress on that person’s life and it can lead to a domino effect of many other problems.

Some people may also feel this way when it comes to love. That person may have been in a poor relationship in the past and believes that they only deserve a partner who will treat them worse than they treat their partner because they feel too much guilt. They feel like they are a burden so they need to be treated like one.

Guilt can form from a lack of confidence or from a lack of deservingness. These emotions could have been formed from situations in the past, it could have been how someone was raised or it could be from depression or anxiety.

So how do we fix it? Someone who experiences an exponential amount of guilt should practice positive affirmations. For example:

“I am deserving of my wealth/life/job/health.”

“Love is attracted to me because I express love.”

“I am happy and deserving.”

“I approve of myself and my surroundings.”

These are just a few examples of what you can tell yourself to boost your confidence and change the way you think. Through sound healing and positive affirmations, someone who experiences a lot of guilt will see improvements and may even notice their outlook change on situations. Nobody has to suffer through guilt. If you or someone you know is experiencing debilitating guilt or an abnormal amount of guilt, suggest sound healing and positive affirmations.

Manifesting Success

You may be sitting at a desk for your office job and you may be slightly unhappy. Maybe you’re driving to work every morning not exactly excited to start the day. Maybe you’re very unhappy with the career you’ve chosen. But in reality you feel that it would be too hard to start over rather than just dealing with your job. I mean, you’ve already made it this far right? And who knows, maybe you’ll get that raise?

Those are all excuses. They are preventing you from a lifetime of success. Success can be defined in a few different ways; however, my idea of success is being genuinely happy with where you are in life. Anyone has the potential to be successful. And if your definition of success is a swanky career and a nice salary, even more power to you! Whatever your goal or dream is, it’s possible to reach it.

So how do you reach it? Is it even possible to do? The first step you need to do is create a game plan. By establishing what you want to do and prioritizing the way you need to do it will keep you organized and give you more potential to succeed. The second thing you need to do is start pursuing the steps you need to take in order to accomplish this goal. Maybe you’re trying to release weight from your body. (You might want to read our article on how to ‘release’ weight) You’ve established that you need to eat healthier, workout more and have a more balanced lifestyle. Although you’ve got an idea of how you’re going to go about your goal, you’ll actually need to follow through. The third thing you will need to do is continue on your journey even when you have set backs. If you let yourself get down about the fact your gained two pounds over thanksgiving even though you’re on a huge diet, you will only create more obstacles and opportunities for you to succeed.

But the most important thing to remember when you are trying to climb the latter to success is your ability to train your brain to be focused on your success. This is the foundation to your goal and should be implemented in your life every single day. When you wake up in the morning you should think of your goal, when you eat breakfast you should think of your goal, when you are making dinner you should think of your goal. The only way success will flourish into your life is if you manifest it and allow it to grow. Every task you do during the day should be in relation to your goal. Instead of taking that hour to watch tv, spend that time logging down your schedule or evaluating what you did today to reach your goal. Through Holistic Sound Healing you can create a clearer space in your mind and have a stronger ability to figure out what you truly want. By discovering your purpose, success will follow you while you are chasing your passion. The key is staying focused and grounded and Holistic Sound Healing will fulfill both of those. So what are you waiting for? Success is possible for you so don’t wait a minute longer.