Meditation activates both alpha and theta waves in the brain. Alpha waves calm the nervous system, and lower your blood pressure and heart rate; while theta waves are associated with the ‘third eye’ and encourage problem solving, increased memory, and creativity.
We previously discussed the idea of your own personal frequency, or vibrational frequency, and its effects on your mental and physical wellbeing. One great way to elevate your vibrational frequency is through breath work and meditation. Meditation is an ancient practice now gone mainstream, with the simple tenet of practising to still the mind by sitting still, focussing on breath, and reflecting.
Meditation dates back to as early as 5000 BCE according to some archaeologists, and has religious foundations in Buddhism, Judaism, Hinduism, among others. It made its way along the Silk Road to begin its global spread in the sixth century BCE, however it wasn’t until the 1960s that it became seriously regarded and studied for its medical benefits.
Meditation’s medical benefits are in part thanks to the brain waves that it stimulates in humans. Humans have 5 main types of waves present in the brain – that change when you are busy with different tasks such as sleeping, focussing, and being creative, or feeling different emotions. Alpha waves promote relaxation, while beta waves help to sharpen concentration. Theta waves promote creativity, gamma waves increase positive emotions, and delta waves occur during deep sleep and aid in quick healing. During meditation, the human mind initially produces alpha waves when one is focussing on stilling the mind, and then shifts into theta waves. Meditation therefore affects your brain’s electrical activity.
The range of 5 brain waves are summarised below. To measure electrical brain activity, an EEG test (electroencephalogram) is used to record the waves in cycles per second, or Hertz (Hz):
|Frequency Band||Frequency||Brain states|
|Gamma (γ)||35 Hz and above||Concentration and problem solving|
|Beta (β)||12 – 35 Hz||Anxious or active mind|
|Alpha (α)||8 – 12 Hz||Reflective, restful, relaxed|
|Theta (θ)||4 – 8 Hz||Deeply relaxed and inward focused, drowsy|
|Delta (δ)||0.5 – 4 Hz||Sleep and dreaming|
Meditation has many well documented biological and mental benefits:
- Calming your nervous system
- Lowering heart rate
- Lowering blood pressure
- Improving mood
- Management of stress
- May slow or reverse neurodegeneration
- May reduce pain
Studies also suggest that the vibrations produced when you chant the word “om” in a repeated rhythm briefly deactivate brain structures involved in processing emotion. When you are able to train yourself to be fully present in the current moment, you are able to still your mind and regulate your emotions with more ease. As emotions are one of the biggest contributors to our vibrational frequency, being in control of them aids you in vibrating at a higher frequency.
There are many styles of meditation to discover and experiment with, including guided meditation, mantra meditation, present-moment meditation, and transcendental meditation. Find one that works for you, and use the practice to raise your vibrational frequency.
“As you think, you vibrate. As you vibrate, you attract.” – Abraham-Hicks
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