How to Improve Your Meditation Practice With Binaural Beats

“Self-observation is the first step of inner unfolding.” 
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Meditation, a powerful and easy tool, can have positive effects on every part of your life, from your relationships to your personality. As a verified life-improving technique, meditation can strengthen your social and intimate bonds. By practicing often, you can become more focused, more compassionate, and much calmer.

But meditation isn’t always easy to do. Finding the time to meditate can be difficult, and it can be hard to focus on quieting your mind. Sometimes, it’s can be a frustrating experience that doesn’t feel very helpful.

That’s where binaural beats come in. By listening to tones designed for meditation, you can achieve a calm state of mind much easier.

The Benefits of Meditation

First, let’s talk about how awesome meditation is.

The benefits of meditation are undeniable. If you already practice, you’ve seen these effects in your own life. If you’ve never practiced meditation or if you have yet to make it a regular habit, take a look at its incredible benefits:

  • Meditation significantly boosts your body’s immune response. You can actually increase the amount of antibodies in your system by meditating. No need to take any supplements, vitamins, or medications to do so!
  • Meditation has a profound effect on anxiety and mood disorders. By meditating, you can relieve the panic and depressive symptoms of mood and anxiety disorders.
  • Practicing meditation regularly can decrease your stress symptoms by nearly 70%. Studies show that practicing meditation for 1.5 hours a week for 7 weeks can reduce symptoms of even the most severe forms of stress.
  • Meditation actually changes the structure of your brain! Brain images of people devoted to long-term meditation actually depict larger hippocampi. This region of the brain regulates emotion, creates positive thoughts, and influences mindfulness.

Believe it or not, these are only a small few of meditation’s benefits studied by scientists around the world. Even the medical community admires the effects of meditation, specifically on very ill patients. There will likely be far more incredible benefits to discover in the future.

Why Does It Work So Well?

Meditation works by slowing down the electrical impulses in your brain, allowing you to think clearer. Imagine brainwaves as a heartbeat. A fast heartbeat means there is a short amount of time between beats. As your heartbeat slows down, the time passed between beats lengthens. If your heart is beating fast, you’re working hard; if your heartbeat is slow, you’re at rest.

Your brain works in a similar way. When you’re energized and reacting without thinking, your brainwaves are flowing at a higher frequency. If you were to look at your brainwaves on a chart, they’d appear short and scrunched together. As you calm down and become less reactive, your brainwaves would also lower. They’d look taller and farther apart on a chart.

When your brainwaves are working at a high frequency, your thoughts are moving too quickly to assess their true value. This type of brainwave is great when you need to think fast and react immediately, but generally, it’s healthier to operate at a slower pace. You make better decisions when you can focus on your thoughts and emotions. That’s what meditation allows you to do.

Binaural Beats Change Your Brainwaves

Mastering the ability to slow down your brainwaves can be pretty difficult, and it takes a lot of practice. Even those who practice often can struggle to find that quiet place in their mind.

Binaural beats can naturally move your brain to a calmer, lower frequency. When your brain hears two different tones in each ear, it will make up the difference with an imagined tone. In other words, if you hear 400hz in one ear and 410hz in the other, your brain will create an imaginary 10hz. That imaginary beat is the binaural beat.

If you find it difficult to calm your mind after a stressful day, you can listen to tracks with binaural beats that will slow your brain. As your brain creates the frequency, it alters your brainwaves, and you become calmer as a result.

Using Binaural Beats for Meditation

Many tracks with binaural beats exist. Some are simple tones, while others include music or words to enhance the effect. You’ll have to do some experimenting to find the one that works best for you.

Whatever track you decide to use, you must wear headphones. Binaural beats work by hearing different tones in each ear, so listening to the tracks on a speaker won’t create the appropriate effect. Also, don’t listen to the tracks when you’re attempting to be active.

The next time you sit down to meditate, try adding a binaural beats track. Your brain should respond and create a calming frequency to make meditation easier. Even if you practice often, using binaural beats can guide you into deeper states of meditation.

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