In this topic we will train the brain to reduce beta waves in favor of more theta waves, with the help of meditations and water sounds.
It's clear there are many forms of meditations. But all of them share one particular aspect : "Calming down the mind and body". And we need this beneficial aspect of meditation for our theta state training.
The better you can meditate, the better you get at inducing alpha and theta state. Because during meditation we reduce our brain waves down to alpha or theta waves. The reason why some people would fall asleep during a meditation is because of the reduction of beta waves and the increase of alpha and theta waves.
For the purpose of theta training, I want you to pay attention at the stage where you start to feel sleepy during your meditation. I want you to allow yourself to reach that point of sleep during your meditation. Drift off and awake as many times as you can. And in those instances, you need to acknowledge any short dreams (or images) you may have had.
Position and condition
This meditations should be done lying on the floor or in bed. Sleep on your back (facing the ceiling). Eyes must be closed. If you have a sleeping mask, put it on. Otherwise, reduce the room lights whenever possible. If it's cold, cover yourself with a blanket to keep a little warm. But if it's too hot, you need to cool the room a bit.
Mind and body state
When you've done the above, just relax and start observing your breathing rhythm. And front from time to time, switch your attention to your mind to see if you are thinking something in particular, if you are reasoning. Avoid any reasoning on any topic.
If you catch yourself subconsciously thinking about a particular topic, if you catch yourself having some self conversation in the head, you should discontinue those thoughts by simply observing those thoughts as if they are not yours. Then return to your observation of your breathing.Remember, the less you reason, the less beta waves you get.
To observe your breathing is to simply watch how you breathe. Watch your body breathe in and out, with your eyes closed. Your breathing should be the sleeping breathing as explained in the previous topic. Meaning: a longer inhalation and pauses before inhalation. Do not breathe through your mouth. Always breathe through your nose unless they are blocked with some kind of sinusitis.
Let your breathing movement be felt from below the chest. Let it be the belly breathing instead of the chest. Meaning it's your belly that should be moving up and down, not your chest. Let your shoulders relax when you are breathing. In other words, your whole upper body should not be moving when you are breathing.
Feel the movement of your belly moving up as you breath in, and feel it moving down as you breath out. Feel the temperature of the air going in and out of your nostrils. Is it warm, is it cold? Keep your attention longer around your breathing. Keep observing yourself as if you were just a consciousness examining someone else's body.
For as long as you can (preferably for a duration not less than 5mins) Keep observing your breathing and discontinuing any topic which starts in the mind. You should start feeling sleepy soon. As you feel sleepy, you may involuntarily start having some dream images.
If you catch yourself dreaming a little, bring your attention to the observation of your breathing again. And again it may happen you get lost involuntarily in a little dream. It is a good sign that you are entering the theta state. But since we are only training the brain here, not astral projecting, I need you to snap out of that dream each time and quickly as it starts to get back to the breathing observation .
If you are not feeling sleepy in about 5minds, try increasing your meditation duration next time (People who have been meditating for quite some time, may feel the need to increase the meditation time). The goal here is to reach the sleepy state, aim for the drifting off. The goal here is to catch some moments of dreams and to get back to observation.
This meditation exercises your brain to change brain waves go from beta to alpha, then from alpha to a theta (where you start to drift off). Don't get lost beyond theta brain waves where you get sucked completely into the dream and lose consciousness. Rather stay at the surface of theta, by coming back up to the alpha state each time a dream starts.Practice this meditation until you can successfully feel sleepy and above all until you start to catch some dream images. You may succeed in a day, or in a week. Time of success is relative to how often you are practicing this.
Finally, to help you reduce even more beta waves, make use of the sound of falling water like the rain sound. I've included some rain sounds in these lessons for you to use during your meditation.
The official science has already made studies on how sound effects the brain. Those sounds make the brain produce more alpha waves. So you may let the rain sound accompany your meditation sessions.
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