Meditation and Brainwaves


By: Gaia Staff  |  November 3, 2006

Control your brainwaves and you control your state of mind. By raising or slowing our brainwaves, we can altar how we think, feel and act. Meditation is the process of slowing our waking beta brainwaves to the slower states of alpha and theta. By learning to control these states, we can improve our health and well-being.

Brainwaves are the electrical movements in the brain. The frequency of these brainwaves can be measured using an electroencephalograph (EEG). Electrodes placed on the scalp measure the frequency of these brainwaves. From highest to lowest frequency, these brainwaves are called beta, alpha, theta and delta.

Beta is the waking, thinking state. During beta, brainwaves range from 14 to 40 cycles per second. In beta, an individual thinks and listens, can solve analytical problems, make decisions, and intake and process information. This is our normal state of mind when working, going to school and shopping. During beta our minds are the most alert.

Alpha is a slower state more indicative of relaxing and reflecting. During alpha, brainwaves range from 9 to 14 cycles per second. In the alpha state, an individual is fully aware of his/her surroundings but in a much more relaxed state of mind than beta. Meditation is often practiced in the alpha state.

Theta is an even slower state perfect for daydreaming and intuitive thinking. During theta, brainwaves range from 5 to 8 cycles per second. It is the state between wakefulness and sleep. In this state of mind, memories, thoughts and facts that eluded a person in a wakeful state can be recalled. It is often in this state that answers to problems seem to appear. Deep meditation and prayer are practiced in the theta state.

Delta is the slowest of the four states where sleep occurs. During delta, brainwaves range from 1.5 to 4 cycles per second. At the slowest delta level, sleep is deep and dreamless.

During our waking and sleeping hours, the brain moves through all four of these stages. At any given level, there is a range in brainwaves that effect how deeply we have entered that state. By knowing how these states function, we can knowingly enter a particular state and control how our thoughts are processed.

Jose Silva wrote in his book The Silva Mind Control Method, “When you are wide awake, doing and achieving in the workaday world, you are in Beta or ‘outer consciousness’. When you are daydreaming, or just going to sleep but not quite there yet, or just awakening but not yet awake, you are in Alpha. When you are asleep you are in Alpha, Theta, or Delta, not just Delta alone, as many believe. With Mind Control training you can enter the Alpha level at will and still remain fully alert”.

Meditation allows our minds to move through these states leading us to a healthy lifestyle. When we control our brainwaves, we control how we think, feel, reason and react. Relaxation, creativity and self-awareness flow naturally. As we mediate, our physical health improves as we move closer and closer to a healthy lifestyle. Consciously controlling our brainwaves is a step towards healthy living.


 

Sharon Gilbert

Sharon B. Gilbert has been through all of the aches and pains, the medications with long-lasting side effects, the endless doctor visits, an unhealthy state of mind, a feeling of unbalance and the unpleasant attitude that goes along with a general state of just not feeling well enough. As a professional woman, she knows the importance of taking control of your own life, finding time for yourself, enjoying a healthy mindset and living a healthy lifestyle while still maintaining a busy personal and professional life.
“Let’s face it; even in this age of computerization and modernization, we are more tired, stressed, overwhelmed and overwrought by daily activities than ever before. We live longer lives, but who wants to live longer if that doesn’t mean a better quality of life — a life of health, vitality and, yes, some fun and relaxation. The answers to looking great, feeling great and living a life of fun and fulfillment can be found in following simple rules to healthy living.”
Sharon Gilbert has been a busy career woman.  She began her career in the field of accounting and went on to obtain a Master’s in Taxation.  Her love of research and writing prompted her to obtain a Ph.D. in Business Administration. With a family, working full-time and a full school load, she often found herself stressed and pulled in many different directions.
And then while stopped at a traffic light, only blocks from her home, her vehicle was struck from behind.  She suffered five herniated disks and bilateral carpal tunnel syndrome along with other injuries. Within days, she was in terrible pain but determined to continue her daily routine. Traditional medicine offered no relief to her pain and other symptoms.  Surgery was out of the question as were a lifetime of prescription medications, physical therapy and chiropractic care. 
With a strong background in research and writing, Sharon decided the answers to her physical problems were within her own grasp.  She found that through the benefits of alternative medicine and meditation, you can live a healthy, happy and fulfilled life – no matter how busy you are!  She has learned first-hand the secrets to balancing her own busy life, how to live pain free, how to eliminate stress and how to develop a healthy living plan to fit into any lifestyle.  And now she’s ready to share those secrets of success with you.
“My love of research, writing and finding the answers to difficult questions is what really excites me.  In order to be happy, healthy and fulfilled, you need to live a healthy lifestyle that fits in perfectly with who you really are.  The answers are out there – you just need someone you trust who’ll do the research, tell you the truth, give you simple answers – you need someone who truly cares.”
“As I continued to meditate three times a day, interesting things began to happen: I felt happier, peaceful, more alert, could think more clearly and my moods were much brighter.”
Sharon now devotes her time and energy to researching, writing and coaching on healthy living. Now it is your turn to get the same feelings of freedom, peace, health and tranquility and enhance your life naturally!  Start living a healthy lifestyle today and truly enjoy life’s journey.

Sharon B. Gilbert has been through all of the aches and pains, the medications with long-lasting side effects, the endless doctor visits, an unhealthy state of mind, a feeling of unbalance and the unpleasant attitude that goes along with a general state of just not feeling well enough. As a professional woman, she knows the importance of taking control of your own life, finding time for yourself, enjoying a healthy mindset and living a healthy lifestyle while still maintaining a busy personal and professional life.”Let’s face it; even in this age of computerization and modernization, we are more tired, stressed, overwhelmed and overwrought by daily activities than ever before. We live longer lives, but who wants to live longer if that doesn’t mean a better quality of life — a life of health, vitality and, yes, some fun and relaxation. The answers to looking great, feeling great and living a life of fun and fulfillment can be found in following simple rules to healthy living.”Sharon Gilbert has been a busy career woman.  She began her career in the field of accounting and went on to obtain a Master’s in Taxation.  Her love of research and writing prompted her to obtain a Ph.D. in Business Administration. With a family, working full-time and a full school load, she often found herself stressed and pulled in many different directions.And then while stopped at a traffic light, only blocks from her home, her vehicle was struck from behind.  She suffered five herniated disks and bilateral carpal tunnel syndrome along with other injuries. Within days, she was in terrible pain but determined to continue her daily routine. Traditional medicine offered no relief to her pain and other symptoms.  Surgery was out of the question as were a lifetime of prescription medications, physical therapy and chiropractic care. With a strong background in research and writing, Sharon decided the answers to her physical problems were within her own grasp.  She found that through the benefits of alternative medicine and meditation, you can live a healthy, happy and fulfilled life – no matter how busy you are!  She has learned first-hand the secrets to balancing her own busy life, how to live pain free, how to eliminate stress and how to develop a healthy living plan to fit into any lifestyle.  And now she’s ready to share those secrets of success with you.“My love of research, writing and finding the answers to difficult questions is what really excites me.  In order to be happy, healthy and fulfilled, you need to live a healthy lifestyle that fits in perfectly with who you really are.  The answers are out there – you just need someone you trust who’ll do the research, tell you the truth, give you simple answers – you need someone who truly cares.””As I continued to meditate three times a day, interesting things began to happen: I felt happier, peaceful, more alert, could think more clearly and my moods were much brighter.”Sharon now devotes her time and energy to researching, writing and coaching on healthy living. Now it is your turn to get the same feelings of freedom, peace, health and tranquility and enhance your life naturally!  Start living a healthy lifestyle today and truly enjoy life’s journey.


 

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