Peas of Mind

Peas in pods.

A few friends asked me to write a bit more about meditation and how I practice. So this post is dedicated to meditation. In future posts I will make more connections between mindful eating and meditation, but just saying, it’s pretty easy to connect the dots when you think about it on your own. More about mindfulness later, and now onto meditation.

As I revealed yesterday, I began a meditation practice in January as response to a perfect storm of events in my life. I found myself increasingly anxious, unable to sleep well, and generally stressed out and unhappy. In response I did some internet digging and like most folks, I wound up on YouTube. I found a few YouTube videos on meditation and simply dove in. Here is the one I found to be the best for me. http://youtu.be/J9EEd-0wJEs

This particular piece has theta waves, which are sounds used to create an electrical brain wave state commonly found in meditation. Taken from an article in Science Daily, researchers say, “These types of waves likely originate from a relaxed attention that monitors our inner experiences. Here lies a significant difference between meditation and relaxing without any specific technique.” Theta waves basically put you into a meditative state which makes you relaxed and aware without being asleep. It is what I call the “trance state”.

The piece also contains positive subliminal messages. I have always had doubts that subliminal messages work but there is some good evidence out there that they do. In one study, subjects listened to an audio subliminal message mixed with a regular music recording. Another group of subjects simply listened to the regular music recording without the subliminal messages. Both groups were then asked to make pre-test and post-sleep drawings and it was determined that the drawings from the group with subliminal messages in their music showed images conducive to the subliminal messages where the other group did not, thus proving the existence of subliminal perception.

Unscientifically, I can say that listening to this music every day for 8 months has been a godsend. It completely relaxes me while also putting me into my theta-wave trance state. I “lose time” and when I emerge from my trance, it is always within one minute of the music ending. Before I meditate I am usually tired or stressed but when I come out of meditation I feel amazing, refreshed, and alive. In short, works for me!

I have also noted a whole host of incredible changes, good fortune, and simply lucky events increasing after starting my meditation practice. Could it all be chance? Sure, but I am pretty convinced that 8 months of super positive subliminal messages are having their effect on me in a good way. I have seen my finances improve, my professional and artistic worlds open up, my love life bloom, my health and well being in a constant state of wellness. The only difference in my life has been the addition of a meditation practice.

Do I think it is the Holy Grail of miracles? Maybe. Do I think your life could improve if you tried it? Absolutely. Does being mindful help you achieve all of your goals, including optimal health and well-being? You bet. And in my next few posts, we will delve into how to be more mindful, especially with what you put into your body. We will also get a bit into chakras. Until then, be well.

References

Kaser, V.A. “The Effects of an Auditory Subliminal Perception Message Upon the Production of Images and Dreams“. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease (1986).

(n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/03/100319210631.htm

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3 thoughts on “Peas of Mind

  1. I read up a bit on this (university libraries rock!) and, to me, the research supporting subliminal perception didn’t look persuasive. However, meditation for peaceful cognition? Yup! Of course, I’m not the expert so … grain of salt and all that. Besides, if you feel better, that’s important.

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