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The Power Of Meditation Music

December 14th, 2015 3 Comments

If you think that meditation music is just another word for relaxation music, think again.

I consider myself as a music aficionado and my musical preference ranges all the way from Jazz to electronic music. And what I realized through my years of sifting through countless vinyl records, cassette tapes, CD’s, and MP3’s was that there are certain musical frequencies that can awaken a person’s spiritual side.

These frequencies can change a person’s frame of mind, heighten consciousness and even reinvigorate the spirit. It helps a person become more creative, and in some cases, shed light on ones purpose.

Years ago, when I started listened to meditative music, I noticed that my meditation sessions became much deeper and that I was more creative afterwards. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that meditating with music is a magic pill. What I’m trying to point out is that listening to music during your sessions can heighten the experience and amplify the effects.

It has been documented that combining music with meditation techniques results in our brain secreting the chemical responsible for giving us the feeling we recognize as “love”.

By combining guided meditation with meditation music, you allow yourself to tap into your subconscious. Your focus becomes heightened, creativity is enhanced and you will feel energized and rejuvenated.

In my meditation journey, I also realized that listening to music could actually become the meditation itself.

I experimented with this idea for several months, and I realized that I was able to go really deep states by listening to music. Of course, I tried to shift between genres to see if there was any change. And to no surprise, the more “organic” the music was, the better the experience became.

This led me to the conclusion that though not all music can be used for meditation and narrowed it down to two factors.

1. You must take the idea of meditating to music seriously

You can’t just put on any music; you have to actively listen and become one with it. There must be nodistractions. All you need to do is sit comfortably with your eyes closed and listen.

2. The more “organic” the music is, the better

Like I said, I tried numerous genres and forms of music. But what worked best for me was the sound of rain.

To end, let me leave you with something from Albert Einstein:

“If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music.”

I hope that I have given you sound advice pertaining to how you can use meditation music, or music in general, in your meditation sessions. If you want more information about the best meditation music available online, please check out our FREE meditation audio.

You’ll Never Guess What These 12 Celebrities Have To Say About Meditation

December 11th, 2015 6 Comments

Being a celebrity means you get fame, money and success…

But it can also be one of the most stressful jobs a person can have. The pressure of being in the public’s eye 24/7 can put a toll on a person’s psyche. And this is, in my opinion, why more and more celebrities are now looking to meditation as a way to de-stress, find a bit of solitude, and maybe even (for just a few minutes), step out of the limelight and reconnect with their true selves.

So, what do Hugh Jackman, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ellen DeGeneres, Sheryl Crow, Clint Eastwood, Russell Simmons, Arianna Huffington, Jerry Seinfeld, Liv Tyler, Paula Abdul, George Harrison and Moby really think about meditation?

Well, let’s see…

In meditation, I can let go of everything. I’m not Hugh Jackman. I’m not a dad. I’m not a husband. I’m just dipping into that powerful source that creates everything. I take a little bath in it. – Hugh Jackman

My New Year’s resolution is to learn how to meditate. It’s always sounded like something I should do, but I don’t know how to. My friends who do it say it’s really freakin’ brilliant. They say you can’t know the peace/awareness/contentment until you do it. My brain drives me mental. I am going to start. – Gwyneth Paltrow

It feels good. Kinda like when you have to shut your computer down, just sometimes when it goes crazy, you just shut it down and when you turn it on, it’s okay again. That’s what meditation is to me. – Ellen DeGeneres

The simple act of making my brain shut off for 20 minutes in the morning and 20 minutes at night may not seem like much, but what ends up happening, besides creating space in your day, is your awake posture begins to replicate your meditative posture. – Sheryl Crow

I’ve been using it for almost 40 years now – and I think it’s a great tool for anyone to have, to be able to utilize as a tool for stress. Stress, of course, comes with almost every business.
– Clint Eastwood

Meditation helps you to keep that presence. It actually teaches you and your brain to operate from that presence. You’ll understand it, you’ll become it when you meditate. So that’s why we meditate – so that we can see that what is in front of us. – Russell Simmons

The more hectic, the more challenging our lives, the more we need something… meditation… quiet time in our lives when we can… just connect with ourselves. We all have that place of wisdom, strength, and peace within us… if we can learn to visit it more often… we will truly transform our lives. – Arianna Huffington

I’ve been doing meditation for over 40 years. But it’s very hard to explain… It’s like having a phone charger for your whole body and mind… – Jerry Seinfeld

Meditation is an incredible way of centering myself, of calming myself, and really getting perspective on where I am. – Liv Tyler

I incorporate meditation before or after I work out. Even if it’s just sitting quietly with my eyes closed and listening to the beat of my own heart, it reenergizes me. – Paula Abdul

You don’t feel like you have more knowledge or anything. You might, but it doesn’t feel that way exactly. You just feel more energetic. You just come out of it and it’s been refreshing. – George Harrison

It’s a simple practice that calms the mind… – Moby

But just because these celebrities enjoy the practice of meditation, doesn’t mean meditation actually has health benefits, does it? Wrong! Here’s just one of multiple studies completed by highly respected universities that prove the various health benefits of meditation:

Dr. Elizabeth Hoge, Psychiatrist at the center for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Disorders at Massachusetts General Hospital and assistant professor at Harvard Medical School, found that meditation can result in reductions of multiple dimensions of psychological stress. And this is after reviewing nearly 19.000 meditation studies!

It is undeniable that meditation indeed has long-term positive effects, not just on our minds, but our bodies as well.

So with all things said, do you want to take advantage of numerous benefits of meditation but aren’t sure how to get started? Or have you tried to meditate in the past, only to fail at turning your racing thoughts off, so you instead just gave up?

If so, make sure you grab yourself a copy of our 15 minute complimentary ‘Inception’ Brainwave Entrainment Meditation.

Due to the advanced brainwave entrainment technology that was used to create it, you’ll be able to slip into a deep meditative state without any effort at all. This means you can experience the mind and body benefits pro-meditators and celebrities (like we mentioned above), get to experience all the time!


Health Benefits Of Meditation: Is Meditation The Answer To All Health Problems?

December 9th, 2015 2 Comments

Recent studies have shown that the health benefits of meditation may be even more powerful than people originally thought.

Harvard’s Research About The Health Benefits Of Meditation

A recent  study from Harvard University and the University of Sienna found that the health benefits of meditation include the growing of self-awareness, increased concentration, as well as heart and immune system support. And, it was discovered that meditation can in fact alter the physiology of the human brain and consistent practice can literally diminish feelings of anxiety and depression in people of all ages.

In the study, published in the journal, 24 people who had never meditated before were chosen by scientists. They were then guided through an 8 week meditation course.

Each participant had to complete a two-and-a-half hour session per week, where they learned about different components and styles of meditation. Furthermore, outside of their weekly session, they each had to meditate for 45 minutes each day.

The scientist’s gathered data through MRI’s taken before and after the meditation course, as well as performed psychological evaluations.

What they discovered was quite fascinating.

“There was a thickening in the part of the brain that is responsible for emotions and perception. This resulted in the body’s physiological resilience against worry, anxiety and depression to be strengthened.”

Studies like these really raise the question… is it really much simpler to fix all of the problems we’ve developed as result of the demands put on us in the 21st century?

Is living a fulfilling and happy life as simple as taking a few minutes each day to sit in silence and practice mindfulness meditation exercises?

I think it’s certainly worth trying, don’t you?


Binaural Beats Meditation Music: How to start and get the most out of it

December 7th, 2015

Although binaural beats have been around for a long time, not many people associate this technology with meditation. This is why there was a lot of hesitation when binaural beats meditation music first hit the mainstream meditation community. But as more studies came out, people have slowly warmed up to the idea of using binaural beats during their meditation sessions.

In fact nowadays, more people are getting hooked on using binaural beats meditation music because not only does it allow them to conveniently meditate anywhere, but it also allows them to reach a meditative state a lot faster than traditional meditation techniques.

If you think about it, our brain’s function at an optimal level every single day as they work to process information around us. The feeling of being stressed is the result of our brain not being able to take a break from its daily routine. Meditation is a way for our brain to disconnect, rest and recharge.

So, what’s the best way to use binaural beats meditation music? Here are my 3 best tips:

1. Download High Quality Binaural Beats Meditation Music

If you go online you would see that there are numerous binaural beats download links available. Some of them work, some of them don’t.

Now the reason I say some don’t work is not because they are fake, but rather it is because of their audio quality.
For example, if you search ‘binaural beats meditation’, YouTube links will definitely come up in your search engine.

Now when you upload binaural beats on to third party sites like YouTube, the sound quality is oftentimes lost during the upload process. This slight loss of audio quality can make or break the effectiveness of a binaural audio, as said audios are very specific when it comes to how they resonate with your brainwaves. In fact, a slight change in sound quality would automatically render them ineffective.

*If you continue reading, I will give you a link where you can download high quality binaural beats for free.

2. Get Yourself A Good Pair Of Headphones

Good speakers may be good for listening purposes, but they are not advisable when meditating with binaural beats.

The best type of headphone to use is one to block out external sounds. They don’t have to be a high-end model but something that will completely cover your ears. This way you will be able to clearly hear your binaural beats audio without any interference.

3. Relax And Let It Take Over

Once your binaural beats meditation audio starts, don’t think or do anything else, all you need to do is relax, listen and enjoy.

Now, if you are new to meditation, there will be times within your session where you might get distracted. Don’t worry as this totally normal for meditation newbies.

With that said, let me suggest you read our article on “Problems New Meditators Need To Ignore”. The This article talks about solutions to common problems someone new to meditation might encounter.

And if you think I forgot my promise to you earlier, no I did not. Here is the link to our FREE brainwave entrainment meditation MP3 that you can use in your next meditation session. Our binaural beats meditation music was created by no other than multi-awarded international DJ/Producer Lenny Ibizarre, in his studio in Ibiza.

Like what I said earlier, binaural beat technology is all about quality. =)

Brainwave Entrainment: What In The World Is It?

December 4th, 2015

What Is Brainwave Entrainment?

In layman’s terms, brainwave entrainment is the stimulation of one’s brain through the use of electromagnetic fields and pulsing sounds.

It elicits a response from your brain to align itself to the frequency of the sound/beat that you’re listening to. This response is called “frequency following”.

What Is Its Effect?

Depending on how you use binaural beat technology, it can induce sleep, heighten a meditation session or help a person relax, enhance one’s focus or aid a person in achieving a state of trance.

Brainwave entrainment is so powerful that upon listening to it for the first time, users often report that it helped them experience incredible blissful states which they have never been able to experience before.

How Did It Start?

There isn’t really an exact date as to when brainwave entrainment was discovered but practitioners of the method will argue that even during the Bronze Age, the practice was already present.

Their main argument stems from chambers used by ancient Greeks that were proven to be acoustically attuned to certain frequencies of the human brain.

Modern brainwave entrainment however first started making waves in the 1970’s. With the advent of the synthesizer and computers, electromagnetic fields that emit low energy were used along with electronically generated beats.

Types Of Beats

Monaural Beats

Usually heard as a “clicking” sound, monaural beats result from the compression or overlapping of 2 tones originating from a single speaker.

Binaural Beats

Our initial reaction to a sound is to try figure out where it is coming from by ascertaining tone differences through our ears. Our brain reacts and tries to process different tones through what is called “phase resonance”. This is how we know from what direction a sound comes from.

What binaural beat technology does is trick the process of how we find sound. It does this by playing contrasting tones in each of our ears.

An individual listening to the beats needs to use headphones since both ears are being bombarded with different tones.

Isochronic Tones

This type of beat is a regular beat of a singular tone. It embeds itself into the music by becoming a very compressed audio bandwidth. Only a single frequency oscillates which leaves the rest untouched. Essentially it’s just a tone that is being turned on and off rapidly. They create sharp, distinctive pulses of sound.

What Type Of People Use Brainwave Entrainment?

Individuals who want to see a rapid change in their mental state and/or behavior commonly use brainwave entrainment.

Medical professionals such as doctors and psychologists are also starting to use brainwave entrainment in treating their patients due to its meditative properties.

How Can Brainwave Entertainment Help With Meditation?

Traditional meditation teaches its practitioner to concentrate on something for several minutes in order to de-clutter the mind and attain focus. With brainwave entrainment music, attaining focus happens almost instantly and effortlessly, thus you achieving the benefits of meditation much faster.

Think of it as a quick and effortless way to reach the peak of your meditation session. The benefits are the same as traditional meditation, but you experience them MUCH faster with brainwave entrainment music.

If you want to take advantage of the benefits of using brainwave entrainment technology to improve your spiritual, emotional, mental and physical well-being, the go register for our FREE SubSines 15 minute inception brainwave entrainment meditation audio now.

The Newbie Guide To Meditating Like A Buddhist

December 3rd, 2015

Buddhism is over 2000 years old and focuses on mindfulness, wisdom and being present. They spend many countless hours meditating and as a result develop concentration, clarity and emotional positivity.

To meditate like a Buddhist may take years to master, but below is a newbie guide you can follow for meditation that will help you cultivate a new, more positive way of being.

Get A Comfortable Cushion To Sit On

Though you can meditate even while sitting on the floor, if you’re just getting started, you might find this uncomfortable and it could become a distraction to your mind inside your meditations.

So first, find a comfortable cushion to sit on. This could be your pillow, your yoga mat, or even a blanket folded up a few times. If you’re dedicated to buying something specific for your meditation practice, then I would recommend buying a a zabuton or a zafu.

Find A Suitable Space To Meditate

The best place to meditate is somewhere quiet and comfortable.

Also, make sure that your TV, radio, computer and most especially your mobile phone are all turned off during your session. You don’t want be interrupted in the middle of your meditation by a text or call from your friend asking if you have seen the new funny video he posted on Facebook, right?

It’s also best to wear clothes that are less constricting. Remember that during meditation, your senses are heightened. So if your clothes are tight or itchy, the feeling will be greatly magnified.

Now if your place is a haven for noise pollution, then you may want to check out my other article explaining how to meditate anywhere.

Sit Down, Be Comfortable, Relax

As you enter your meditation session, you can either sit or kneel, but the key here is to ensure that your spine is totally straight. This is to ensure the smooth flow of energy from your body up towards your crown. You can choose to sit in a lotus position, but if you’re new to meditation, I recommend that you instead sit in a position that you find most comfortable naturally. The reason for this is that maintaining the lotus position for prolonged periods of time takes lots of practice and you want to eliminate any need to adjust your body once you get started, as that will act as a distraction.

Now that you are sitting comfortably, rest both hands with palms facing up, on your lap. Slowly close your eyes and concentrate on your breathing. Breathe slow and deep and count every breath until you reach to 10. Once you have reached your 10th breath, repeat the process.

The purpose of the count is to condition your brain to only focus on breathing and nothing else. So don’t worry too much about the count itself as it is just a guide.

Don’t Entertain Thoughts

Am I doing it right? What should I cook for dinner? Is that my neighbor listening to Miley Cyrus again?

Thoughts will constantly hound you during meditation, but the common mistake people make is that they try and block their thoughts, which ultimately leads to frustration. A successful meditation practice occurs when you don’t interact with the thoughts that enter your mind. I know it might sound like a complicated concept, but just try it out as it works!

When you’re just starting out, try meditating for just 5 or 10 minutes and slowly work your way up as your practice deepens.

When coming out of your session, make sure that you do it gradually. Start by first focusing on the sensation in your toes and work upwards until you reach your mouth, cheeks, and eventually your eyes. This is when you open your eyes and then slowly get up.

Well, that’s my newbie guide to meditating like a Buddhist. If this article has helped you, do leave me a message about your experience in the comment section below. And if doing meditation by yourself is something you find difficult, you can always go download our FREE meditation music as the technology behind it is designed to effortlessly quiet your mind.


Learn How You Can Block Out Noise And Meditate Anywhere

December 2nd, 2015

Usually, the most ideal place to meditate is somewhere that is quiet. This is my most people meditate in their homes or at a meditation center. But what if you have kids running around you home? What if your place is right next to a busy street? What if a conducive area to meditate entails you to travel far? Do you skip the practice if you run out of time to travel? No, you don’t!

Though it may take patience and lots of practice on your part, it is possible to meditate anywhere, and in today’s blog post I’m going to share how.

How To Meditate And Deal With External Noise

To start with, let me quote a line from a Morrissey track. “The more you ignore me, the closer I get. You’re wasting your time”.

Point is, noise is present everywhere. Even if you drove deep into the woods, you wouldn’t be able to escape noise. There are the chirping birds, the rustling of leaves being blown by the wind, the sounds of the insects and animals moving through their habitat.

The idea of noise revolves around unwanted sound. So basically, any sound that might distract you from meditating regardless if that sound may be pleasant for you on a regular day can be considered as noise.

So how do you deal with it? You simply acknowledge its presence.

Easier said than done, right? Yes I agree, and this is where continuous practice comes in. You have to condition your mind to be aware of everything around you, without having to interact with it. For someone new to meditation, this can be somewhat a tall order to follow, but in theory, it actually isn’t.

For example, do you sometimes find yourself zoning out about something? During said instances, do you feel as if your mind is fixated on a single thing without it having to process any other information outside of what you’re focusing on? I’m pretty sure you’ve been in that situation many times before. And that is the exact state your mind has to be when it comes to meditation. You’re still aware of the things around you during that state and yet; you’re completely focused on whatever it is you’re doing.

The easiest way to not lose focus when meditating is to just concentrate on your breathing. Deep slow breaths in and deep slow breaths out.

How To Meditate And Deal With Internal Noise

Internal noise, in a nutshell, is the clutter inside your mind. The racing thoughts, the chatter, the noise that your brain creates when you try to shut it down.

The main job of our brain is to process information. Even when we sleep, it doesn’t stop doing this job, thus us having dreams. If it can conjure such visions in our sleep, do you really think you can stop it from doing its usual routine when were conscious?

The answer is yes, but it takes practice. Again, it all boils down to acknowledgement. As you try to meditate, your brain will try to distract you with countless images, scenarios and questions. But the key is to simply acknowledge its presence without interacting with it.

For example, in the middle of your meditation session, your brain will start presenting a thought like “what do you want to eat for lunch?”. Do not try and even entertain the question, let alone answer it. Acknowledge it was a thought, and then switch your energy and attention back on to your breathing and the thought will dissipate.

Remember, practice is key! So make sure you find time each day for your meditation practice. And if you have any other tips on how to best quiet internal and external noise when it comes to meditation, please share them with our community in the comment box below.

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10 Minute Meditation Techniques And Breathing Exercises You Can Do Anywhere

November 17th, 2015

There are numerous ways to de-stress without having to shell out enormous amounts of money, but sometimes it can be difficult to enter that relaxed, stress-free zone.  What we don’t often realize though is that de-stressing can be as simple as finding a quiet and comfortable place, and filling your lungs with air, for just a few minutes each day!

In fact, millions of people from around the world believe that breathing exercises can not only lower stress, but also reduce blood pressure, and bring calmness to ones mind.

With that said, below are 4 simple meditation techniques or “breathing exercises”, with easy to follow instructions, that you can do practically anywhere, anytime. Enjoy!

1. Alternate Nostril Breathing

How to do it: Start by positioning yourself in a meditative, but comfortable pose. Place your right thumb on your right nostril (with the idea of blocking the entry and exit of air on the said nostril) and take deep breaths through the left nostril. Upon reaching the peak of your inhalation, block your left nostril with your ring finger and exhale from your right nostril.

Continue the process by alternating as to which nostril you inhale and exhale from.

The best time to do it: This exercise usually works best when you want to re-energize yourself or want to regain focus.

Since this exercise will force your mind to work effectively, stay away from doing this before going to bed as it will keep you awake.

2. Abdominal Breathing Technique

How to do it: Place one of your hands on your chest and the other one on your belly and take 6 to 10 breaths per minute. Breathe deeply and slowly through your nose and inflate your diaphragm with air, just enough to create a stretching of the lungs.

The best time to do it: This breathing exercise works best before engaging in something that can be very stressful like exams, corporate meetings etc.

Doing this exercise, along with other meditation techniques, daily will also help reduce blood pressure levels.

3. Equal Breathing 

How to do it: Concentrate on inhaling and exhaling through your nose, each at a count of 4 seconds. Do this for a total of around 10 minutes and it will reward you with a calmer state of mind.

The best time to do it: Though this exercise is most effective in helping the mind prepare for sleep, you can practically do it anywhere, anytime you need to reach a state of relaxation.

If you want to take it to the next level, increase your inhale and exhale time to 8 seconds for each action.

4. Progressive Relaxation

How to do it: With maintained slow, deep breathing, close your eyes and concentrate on relaxing and tensing your body’s different muscle groups for an interval of 3 seconds. Start from your toes, going up your thighs, to your chest and eventually to your eyes. Note, the eyes, jaws and the face are considered as the main body parts where stress is stored.

The best time to do it: This exercise is effective if you want to regain focus and can be done anywhere.

And that’s it! 4 simple meditation techniques in the form of breathing exercise that can either help you regain focus or relax your mind. If you have tried any of the exercises posted on here and want to share your experience, please do so by leaving a comment below and also feel free to add any additional tips you wish to share with our community too!