How to Get Rid of a Headache without Medication

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Headaches can range from distracting to downright debilitating. While an occasional headache can be treated with aspirin or ibuprofen, chronic headaches can trap you into a state of being constantly medicated. If you suffer from headaches, try these drug-free fixes first.

Exercise

Exercise doesn’t sound like fun when your head is pounding, but it’s a great way to cure a headache. During exercise, your brain releases endorphins. These hormones are the body’s natural painkillers and may eliminate your headache. If your headache is intense, try walking or riding an exercise bike. Any smooth activity that doesn’t bounce you around can ease your pain without first aggravating it.

Hydrate

Dehydration causes headaches, so a glass of water may be all you need and should be your very first go-to remedy. If you suspect your blood sugar is low, opt for fruit juice or a sports drink rather than water. Coffee, tea and soda also ease headache pain. These drinks contain caffeine, which constricts blood vessels, reducing the pounding sensation caused by migraines. Though it is not a medication, caffeine is a chemical so use caution if you are particularly sensitive. A little caffeine stops a headache, but too much can cause dependency. Caffeine dependency, in turn, can cause more headaches.

See a Chiropractor

By keeping your spine, neck and shoulders properly aligned, your chiropractor can help eliminate your headaches or reduce their frequency. Proper body alignment relieves stress on your spine and neck that can trigger headaches. Chiropractic care has proven especially helpful in alleviating tension headaches. Proper body positioning also alleviates pressure on cramped blood vessels, helping reduce the frequency of vascular headaches like migraines and cluster headaches.

Have a Snack

If you suffer from frequent headaches, try stocking your kitchen with some foods known to ease them. Flax seed, for instance, is high in omega-3 fatty acids and helps with headaches caused by inflammation. Ginger root, too, controls inflammation and eases the nausea that accompanies severe headaches. Because they help balance the body’s pH, eating an apple can restore balance to your body and reduce headache pain. Almonds relax the blood vessels, which eases the throbbing sensation that accompanies some headaches. These foods are excellent headache fighters, but MSG is not. Be sure to avoid canned goods and other foods containing MSG when eating away your headache.

These remedies, along with plenty of rest, meditation and stress reduction, can cure your current headache. Remember, though, that you don’t have to wait until you’re in pain to try them. Practicing these habits regularly may reduce the number of headaches you suffer overall so you can live with less pain and more joy.

 

If you want to try a brainwave entrainment meditation program for alleviating headaches we recommend Endorphin Release, and Pain Control.

 

How Nurses Use Meditation to Resolve Conflict

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It takes a patient, caring individual to be a nurse. This challenging field is certainly not for everyone. Even veteran nurses may find themselves needing to unwind from the chaos of the job once in awhile. An increasing number of nurses are using meditation to alleviate the stress of their fast-paced work environment.

Meditation methods

There are countless meditation techniques that have been used for thousands of years with an infinite number of variations. And today offers new technologies to assist the aspiring meditator such as brainwave entrainment in the forms of isochronic tones and binaural beats.  However, most techniques have one thing in common: They focus on clearing the mind of all thoughts and focusing solely on the breath. Controlled breathing techniques – especially in Prana Meditation –  are used to induce a feeling of deep relaxation and peace.

Some people choose to meditate for ten minutes three times a day, and others choose to meditate for an hour once a day. Each individual person can choose their own meditation style and find what works for them.

Meditation is proven to increase concentration and focus when practiced every day. Many meditation techniques are also known to promote feelings of deep mindfulness and to help practitioners come to terms with pain and traumatic events.

Why are nurses choosing meditation?

Nursing can be one of the most stressful jobs in the modern world, especially for ER nurses or nurses who work in surgery. The environment is extremely fast-paced, and RN’s may face traumatic injuries on a regular basis depending on where they work. Many people would have trouble coping with such a difficult environment. However, nurses are finding relief through regular meditation.

Meditation can clear the mind and help nurses come to peace with traumatic things they may have seen on the job. Meditating daily can help nurses stay more relaxed and improve concentration, which is very useful for a nurse working in the operating room or emergency room.

How is meditation better than other stress coping mechanisms for nurses?

Unfortunately many nurses have turned to prescription drugs or alcohol to cope with the painful things they see on the job. If meditation is able to alleviate their stress, it’s far superior to these alternatives. Making nurses aware of the benefits of meditation and how brainwave entrainment has made it easier than ever to get started, is a great way to help reduce the incidence of prescription drug use among nurses.

In conclusion, meditation can be extremely beneficial for nurses and other high stress workers. There are plenty of reasons beyond simple decompression for nurses to incorporate meditation into their daily routines. With proper techniques and regular sessions they will see rapid improvement of their concentration and quality of life. Those working on accredited rn to bsn programs can also benefit from mediation to help alleviate the extra stress.

How has regular meditation helped you cope with your job stress? Tell us in the comments!

How Meditation Can Help Those Suffering from Chronic Medical Conditions

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Meditation, when practiced on a daily basis, can be one of the most beneficial health habits that an individual can partake in. In fact, many healthcare professionals and healthcare recruiting agencies recommend adopting a meditation practice for their patients and employees as a means to treat and alleviate various disorders they suffer with. If you’ve ever thought of becoming a regular practitioner of mindfulness, the beneficial side effects listed below may give you the push needed to start your personal journey with meditation.

Blood Pressure

Chronic blood pressure issues can wreak havoc on our body and prevent patients from engaging with the world in a way that they once took for granted. A normal blood pressure reading, for most patients, is around 120/80 with anything lower being a sign of healthy cardiovascular activity. Individuals that suffer with hypertension, or on the verge, have vitals higher than 120/80. Symptoms are often found in both men and women over the age of 50 with rare instances of patients younger than this average. Side effects such as chest pain, difficulty seeing objects and reading text, and labored breathing are common within sufferers. However, many studies have concluded that a regular meditation practice can leave the individual both mentally calm and lower their blood pressure when practiced regularly.

Depression

Chronic bouts of depression are one of the biggest factors that many people around the globe struggle with on a daily basis. Recent findings have found that over 40-million adults within the United States battle with the side effects of depression throughout their lives. Depression is defined as an unnatural feeling of despondency and inability to carry out normal functions that others find easy, or second-nature to manage. While there is no cure for the depressive state that so many of us deal with, meditation has been shown to alleviate the control it has on a patient’s life. Experts within the field of Psychology have long known of the beneficial nature that meditation can provide individuals that suffer with this psychological battle.

As you can see, meditation is a tool that everyone can use to influence their health and longevity with ease. And with isochronic tones a quick 10-minute session, practiced on a daily basis, can lead to a life filled with calm thoughts, better attention span and focus, and attentiveness to your surroundings. Try it for yourself today–you have nothing to lose and everything to gain!

How Professionals are Using Meditation to Treat Symptoms of PTSD

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Meditation has long been used as a tool to calm the mind, body, and spirit in times of stress. It is most often used to relax the practitioner and lower heart rate and blood pressure. Although there is no accurate record of when meditation first began being used as a practice, experts believe it started as early as 1500 BCE in the country of India. The act of mindfulness that meditation advocates is the center point for many of the major spiritual paths such as Buddhism, Taoism, and Zen.

In recent years, science has studied the intricate details associated with regular meditation practice and how it influences the mind and body on a biological level. Data revealed that practitioners who participated in the exercise lowered their blood pressure, fell asleep easier, and lead peaceful lives. Similarly, therapists who treat individuals suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) found that the act of being mindful greatly impacted their patient’s lives. Today meditation is often advocated in these situations and below goes into how it is used to the greatest effect.

 

Confronting Fears

A leading component that meditation provides its users is the ability to deal with and accept difficult circumstances and events that have been experienced in the past. Much like guided hypnosis, meditation guides the person and allows him or her to access old memories and flashbacks in a calm and secluded environment. By following this method, individuals with PTSD were able to successful identify their triggers and create a behavioral therapy exercise regimen that would allow them to confront, and deal with those feelings.

To understand how this works, one must know the different areas of the brain and how they control our behavioral patterns and influence our decision making on a daily basis. The Prefrontal Cortex and Hippocampus are complex parts of the brain that regulate our emotional status and how we logically perceive the world and events around us. With patients suffering from PTSD, these areas become weakened which leads to the inability to control emotional outbursts, anger, sadness, and moments of melancholy. However, when a user adopts a daily meditation practice, these areas of the brain strengthen and allow the user to have a better grasp on their internal emotions and well-being.

 

From the data above, it’s easy to see how meditation and the act of being mindful transcends all spiritual and religious connotations associated with the practice. But it is actually a little more mundane in how it works. Veterans of the military looking to tackle PTSD, or therapists consulting for abuse or assault need to know that while meditation can be a good therapy to use, regular meditation along with medication and other practices can work together to alleviate and treat your unique situation.

Start working on your mind power today.

Yoga Power for the Bedroom

6 Yoga Moves for Better Intimacy

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Many of us who meditate also practice yoga and we do so for many reasons – as part of a spiritual path, for shaping our bodies, for enhanced meditations and more.  Among the many physical benefits of yoga reported by dedicated practitioners is improved sex and intimacy.  If that sounds good to you, read on.  We’ve put together a handful of yoga poses certain to spice things up in your love life!

 

Setu Bandhasana

Some moves are about enhancing blood flow to the right areas and this is one of them.  In addition to tightening your glutes, calves and core muscles (and who doesn’t need that?) this is a great position to practice your Kegel’s exercises girls.  Guys can also gain from awakening this base chakra.

Setu Bandhasana pose
Image from Times of India
 

Yab Yum

Bring a partner for this one.  Sit on your partner’s lap and both of you embrace making sure that your chests are pressing together, feeling each other’s heartbeat.  Unlike the picture below digging in the fingernails is not really necessary.  This movement is pretty much strain-free making it easy to hold for a long period of time. We recommend listening to the Tantra Isochronic meditation program in combination with this pose:

yab yum pose

 

Malasana Squat

This pose puts a strong stretch on the pelvis while relieving low back tension.  The hamstrings and inner thighs get opened up while placing your hands together as shown allows for flexing the chest muscles and bringing more blood flow to the area:

Malasana Squat pose
Image: Mind Body Green

Happy Baby Pose

This one is great to practice alone, but even better to bring in your partner for some variations on this move once comfortable with the stretch.  (See the model below and use your imagination!) Bring your knees up towards your chest so that you can grab your feet, then pull your legs back further opening up your pelvis as you do:

happy baby yoga pose
Image: DoYouYoga.com

Child’s Pose

Ready for an easy one?  This pose that I’m sure you’ve done before is great for bringing blood to the head and clearing out the junk thoughts.  An uncluttered, unbothered mind makes for better focus during intimacy, and the low back and pelvic stretch that accompanies this move helps with your core flexibility.  This a movement that also works well with and enhances the benefits of meditation:

child yoga pose
Image: OffYourMatt.com

Bound Angle

Here’s a wonderful pose for really waking up your legs and groin area.  Press your feet together, grab them with your hands and then gently ease your upper body down, head towards your feet:

bound angle yoga pose
Image: Prevention.com
 

So do you have any yoga poses that have worked for you in driving more passion and enjoyment from your intimacy?  Have you combined Isochronic tones meditation with these or other tantric practices?  Tell us about your experiences!

What Do You Expect from Meditation? – Infographic

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HUGE list of benefits from meditation

Yes, we know you’ve already heard that meditation was good for you – but did you know in how many ways?  We found this awesome infographic on LiveandDare.com that lays out the benefits of meditation for so many aspects of life:  from mental well being to longevity to building a super memory check out the many areas that have been thoroughly researched by scientists and shown to be positively affected by regular meditation practice.

And we’ve found there are even more benefits than this

This visual is based on the scientifically proven benefits of meditation, but we know there are also those “less-testable” happy side effects that come from working meditation into our daily lives.  Spiritual awakening, the ability to communicate with one’s spirit guide, achieving the samadhi state, astral travel – these happenings are harder to nail down in a lab setting but millions of people enjoy them nonetheless.

We should say that while replicating the more esoteric nature of meditation in scientific testing is somewhat difficult, the practice of measuring brainwave patterns and by manipulating brainwaves via binaural beats, isochronic tones and other entrainment methods has opened up a massive vault of knowledge about how the mind works, validating the benefits of meditation even more so.

What other meditation benefits do you think should be included with these?

 

Advanced Manifestation Tips

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Advanced Manifestation Tips

Visualization, cosmic ordering, power-of-intention and other manifestation techniques to promote the granting of one’s wishes has a long and storied history. Some people claim to have immense success with them (and it often seems verifiable when you look at their success and joy in life) while others struggle to even get started. Still, most probably, people will never stop trying to improve on these techniques. If you are suitably inclined towards this discipline, we offer a few salient ideas on how to start harnessing the power of intention right here and right now in your life:

Sanatana Dharma – It is essential for the practitioner to understand that their wishes should harmonize with sanatana dharma or the eternal natural way. It is counterproductive to wish ill on anyone – furthermore, asking for harmful or even mischievous wishes to be fulfilled will ultimately backfire. There is an inherent cosmic nature in the world that must be respected.

Take the nature aspect a bit further and try practicing your manifestation techniques outside in an environment that feels “homey” to you – like a sacred garden shrine, or some place that resonates with you for one reason or another.  You’ll engage more senses as you visualize your desire and make it that much more real to your subconscious.

Be self-centered – This advice may seem a tad tongue-in-cheek and against some of the other tenets of manifestation but all it really means is that you cannot wish things for others – it is up to them to reach that peak of self-actualization and make a conscious decision to do something for themselves. Instead, concentrate on yourself and evolve into a happy person who can independently manifest all of his or her desires.

Make it real – Ask any successful athlete, actor or businessperson, in almost every aspect of life, it really pays to visualize yourself accomplishing your goal before it actually happens. Nowhere is this fact more important than when utilizing a manifestation technique like cosmic ordering. Create the vision in your mind, embrace it and then direct your body’s energy towards accomplishing the feat. It helps to create a symbol of the desire such as a sigil or some other physical representation you can look at and be mindful of throughout the day.

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A Sigil

Start small when dreaming big – It should be obvious that simpler wishes will be accomplished in less time with a small amount of effort while more complicated ones will take more time and energy. Recognize this fact and use it to your advantage. Every journey starts with the first step, So, take that first step and realize a small goal. Then, when you are ready, move on to more challenging ones.

Mums the word – Both the law of diminishing returns and the old adage that, “Silence is golden,” apply in this particular respect. In other words, do not post on social media what you’re up to or otherwise disclose your personal wishes as it wastes the energy that is committed by you towards manifesting those wishes. In short, it is much better to focus your energy at attaining your goals rather than just talking about them.

Cut out the middleman – Under no circumstances should you wish for something that is only a stepping stone to getting something else. In other words, do not wish for money to buy you a new house. Instead, desire the TV itself. This advice comes from the need for self-realization. Simply put, you should already know exactly what you want as opposed to merely having some vague idea about it. The first step of cosmic ordering or any other visualization method is to decide what the heck you want in the first place!  Do some real soul searching and you may find that what you thought you wanted really isn’t so great after all, and instead, with meditation, you learned what will truly make you happy.

Cues you can use – After you have expressed your wish, the Universe will make manifest many signs that will guide you in the right direction for accomplishing your goal. It is imperative that you watch for the signs and act upon them. Pay attention – or not! – but understand that manifestation is an iterative process and you must make the correct choices along the way or your dreams will not be realized.

Know the time investment – Good things do indeed come to those who wait. With that thought in mind, it is arguable that most folks do not realize that manifestation is often a success-by-degrees process, not one that produces immediate and incredibly bountiful gains. Practice over time is going to yield the best results and to keep on the path you might want to try brainwave-focused meditation programs using Isochronic tones.

So reflect on that person, item, or situation you want to come into your life and get started manifesting now!

Meditation for Grief and Loss

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Healing from Loss

A sudden personal loss knocked me for a loop recently and I really feel that the daily meditation (sometimes twice daily) that I practiced to deal with it got me “back in the game” much faster than one would expect.  It’s really no wonder though, people have relied upon the various approaches to meditation to improve all manner of processes that relate to the mind and body. While the practice is usually associated in most people’s minds with self-fulfillment and stress reduction for everyday life, meditation is also an extremely useful tool for healing during isolated times of immense grief. Here is why:

Meditation clears the mind – Most people have had those nights where they toss and turn because of some small indignation or personal setback. Thoughts race through the mind and it is sometimes a real battle to finally fall asleep. This situation is only exacerbated by the death of a loved one or some other case of personal loss. Meditation offers a truly valuable – and effective – way for dealing with grief. “Cleansing” the mind through focusing one’s thoughts is not about forgetting the loved one but more about picking up the pieces and moving forward in one’s journey.

It recovers physical balance – Without a doubt, the process of grieving causes a ton of stress in the body. Various chemicals are produced such as adrenocorticotrophin hormone (ACTH) and cortisol. While the body is doing its best to deal with the situation, these chemical releases are sometimes counterproductive. Meditation helps to ameliorate the reactions to the introduction of these natural chemicals into the body and also to inhibit their further release. In particular, the use of isochronic tone meditation programs like Healing Energy helps recruit your own brain power to assist rebalancing the physical state.

The process battles depression – It is only natural to feel a deep depression after the loss of loved one. The point is to not let this ungainly feeling overwhelm you. Instead, it must be confronted in a head-on manner and dealt with as soon as possible. Meditation can allow the practitioner to focus in on any of the most positive memories they can recall about the deceased. With a little practice and tenaciousness, it is actually possible to immerse oneself in the memory.

Inner peace is also eminently accessible – When someone dies, there are always many things left unsaid. People regret having never made apologies for a past transgression or having said the proper thanks for that memorable event. Still, with the right attitude and a meditative mind, it is possible to move past this mental trap and understand the dearly departed would forgive you in a second. Just think about how you would handle the situation if the roles were reversed.

It’s not just about you – In your moment of doubt and pain, meditation can save you from the worst aspects of grief but it is also your responsibility to share this fact and be there for those around you who are also grieving. In fact, it is an iterative and self-reinforcing process. That is, the more you help those around you who are grieving, the more they can help you. Do not underestimate the power of this particular process. In many ways, it is the most powerful aspect of meditation for healing available.

Let’s face it though, during periods of grief we are clearly not at our strongest.  Willpower tends to be low and getting into a deep meditative state can feel like it’s completely beyond reach.  This is a time when meditation aids like brainwave entrainment programs can be wonderfully helpful.  If you’ve got a successful technique that’s worked for you in managing periods of grief please share in the comments.

A Lucid Dreaming Guide

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Lucid dreaming is a remarkable phenomenon that many people experience on an irregular basis. It involves the realization during sleep that one is dreaming but also that one is in complete control. In particular, situations can be created, characters – actual and fictional – can be introduced and flights of pure imagination (and unfettered fantasy) can be experienced.

This dream-state – once experienced – is a powerful and usually exhilarating experience that most people would like to recreate. To the uninitiated, the attainment of this state may appear to be more difficult than it actually is. In fact – perhaps surprisingly – it can be induced with the investment of a little time and effort. In this case, practice does indeed make perfect. With that thought in mind, here are some how-to tips from the experts for regularly achieving this most remarkable state of sleep:

How to Lucid Dream

Eliminate distractions – This tip is a no-brainer. Even without a light on or the sound of a television in the background, your mind will key to the distractions of a simple knock on the door or the ring of a cell phone. It is simply best to lock yourself in a dark room with no distractions at all except for the sound of the wind or rain outside. It is also recommended to set the thermostat at a comfortable temperature and to use the bathroom before you retire.

Visualize that you will lucid dream – Much like an athlete envisions how he will perform a particular feat before he actually makes the physical movement, it helps to envision yourself within a lucid dream before you fall asleep. While not always necessary, this step is usually considered a requisite precursor to a successful lucid dream. Visualization also takes active practice – night after night after night – to achieve significantly improved results.

Adjust what you consume – If you can eliminate caffeine entirely for the day that is ideal, but if not at least don’t consume any after 2:00PM.  You’ll find it difficult getting your brain waves out of Beta. Likewise don’t eat anything for at least 3 hours prior to going to bed.  Additionally, try some GABA (gamma aminobutyric acid) before bedtime.  This is a wonderful and safe amino acid that not only aids deep sleep but can help you burn a little extra fat in the process!

Examine the in-dream experience – Once in the dream, examine the details – that is, make a reality check. Your mind is good but it tends to leave out a lot of detail and will usually tell a disjointed tale. Once you realize that this is happening, you can actually start to control the narrative. Be careful, however, as it is easy at this point to jar yourself out of the dream. Instead, concentrate on maintaining stability and adding elements that make it more “real” for you.

Try to remember the dream – The experts agree that one of the best ways to reenter a lucid dream-state is to remember one of your most recent dreams. However, there is a bone of contention among them. Some experts suggest that you immediately try to recapture the moment by immediately trying to reenter the dream. Others, however, insist that writing down the memories will provoke a better response in the near future. The results are still undecided so you will have to make an empirical study of your own.

Externally Induced Lucid Dreaming (EILD) – Another topic hotly debated by experts on lucid dreaming is the use of EILD. In this process, various technologies such as light-emitting masks are used to induce a lucid-dreaming state. These products are definitely marketed towards those people who cannot attain the state on their own on a purely organic manner. They work by detecting rapid eye movements of the patient and then provide visual clues that they are in a lucid-dreaming state. Again, the results of this tool has not been verified to a statistically reliable level and should be approached with some wariness.

Meditation and Brainwave Entrainment – The method we tend to use most often is brainwave entrainment, and specifically, Isochronic tones.  We get emails every week asking the best way to use our programs to get the quickest and most satisfying result.  According to user feedback there really is no ultimate way – some prefer the Affirmations version over the music-only program, some listen 1 hour before bed, some during sleep, and some even put the program on a loop for repeat play throughout the night.

You just have to experiment and see which works best for you, and give every method at least 3 – 4 tries before moving on to another.

Understand that you can leave any time you want – For better or worse – hey, some people like to experience danger – lucid dreams can drift into uncomfortable situations. There is no real danger other than the “night sweats” you may endure after waking up. Once you learn to control the experience, you can make a bad situation disappear as easily as you can walk across the floor in a dream.

However, it is sometimes far more engaging to change the situation to your advantage and see how your mind reacts to the situation. A great lucid dream is a balancing act between the conscious and unconscious mind.

For more in-depth information on lucid dreaming, its benefits for both body & mind and how to induce it on a regular basis, please check out our Lucid Dreaming isochronic meditation program.

The Different Types of Brain Waves

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For almost a century, physiologists and other scientists have been studying the electrical activity of the human brain through the use of a monitoring device known as an electroencephalograph or EEG. Through a series of electrodes attached to the skull of the patient, they have been able to identify five major sub-classes of brain activity.

These “waves” – each delineated by a letter of the Greek alphabet – each have unique characteristics and only show up when certain brain activity is initiated. Here is quick rundown on the five major brain wave types and what we have learned about them so far:

Brain Waves

  • Alpha waves – These waves are mid-range in frequency – 8 Hz to 12 Hz – important for learning, memory and information processing and are indicative of the times when the conscious mind accesses parts of the subconscious. Alpha waves are produced when the mind is in a state of relaxation such as daydreaming but are attenuated when the body becomes stressed.

Meditation, especially with Isochronic tones, can quickly get a person into this state.  And for better or worse, alcohol, marijuana, antidepressants and other relaxants also tend to facilitate the production of these brainwaves. On the other hand, a lack of alpha waves in the brain can be symptomatic of anxiety, high stress, insomnia or even Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD).

  • Beta waves – Always involved when the brain is awake and engaged in conscious thought or logical thinking, these brainwaves usually tend to have a stimulating affect. They are typically high-frequency – 12 Hz to 40 Hz – brainwaves but with a relatively low amplitude. Caffeine and other stimulants will normally increase the production of beta wave.

Beta activity is usually observed when the person is engaged in such activities as critical thinking, writing, reading or socialization. Significantly more beta waves are also produced when a person is in a state of high arousal. On the downside, the production of too many beta waves can result in everything from short-term anxiety to ADHD.

  • Gamma waves – Extremely important for learning, memory, information processing and other higher cognitive functioning, gamma waves exhibit the highest frequencies – 40 Hz to 100 Hz – of any human brainwaves. Lowered gamma wave activity has been noted in mentally challenged and learning disabled individuals.

Interestingly enough, studies reveal that gamma wave function is increased when an individual practices meditation or otherwise distracts their mind from any immediate goals. They – as well as theta waves – are also highly prevalent during rapid eye movement (REM) sleep when the mind seems to be at its most relaxed.

  • Theta waves – One of the slowest – 4 Hz to 8 Hz – of the brainwaves, theta waves are most notable for their presence during periods of deep sleep, intense daydreaming and even semi-hypnotic states. In fact, professional hypnotists try to induce these waves when counseling patients or including them in their stage act.

Theta waves are also associated with increased creativity, heightened intuition and enhanced emotional connectivity in people. Many experienced meditators report that this is the wave where astral projection and psychic phenomena are possible.  In short, a good night’s sleep that produces adequate theta waves makes a person – as Ben Franklin would say – a lot healthier, a fair bit wealthier and a good deal wiser.

  • Delta waves – Mostly associated with infants and the very young, delta waves have the lowest frequency range – 0 Hz to 4 Hz – found in humans. They are also found in persons with potentially life-threatening illnesses or injuries as delta waves are usually associated with deep healing and restorative sleep.

Delta brainwaves are beneficially linked to many autonomic bodily functions such as heart beat and respiration regulation, digestion as well as the rejuvenation of the auto-immune system. On the other hand, reduced delta wave activity is linked to brain injuries, learning disability issues, and an inability to think clearly and severe cases of ADHD.

  • Epsilon waves – These are not “officially” recognized as their own category but these are the brain wave frequencies found at .5 Hz and below. The most elusive for meditators, this is the realm where one meets the Samadhi state (or Nirvana, etc. – the name changes for each tradition).  If you can hold a meditation session with your brain activity at this low level it can be an instantly transformative experience.

As you can see, there are a multitude of considerations associated with both good and poor brain wave functioning and we’ve designed Isochronic meditation programs to explore each frequency.  We hope this explanation of the different types of brain waves helps shed some light on a sometimes-confusing subject!