By Trevor Johnson
If you’re looking for ways in which to improve the ability of your brain to process and strengthen itself, there are a number of different techniques which exist to do just that. One method for doing so is using binaural beats for meditation.
Binaural beats as an effect were first discovered way back in 1839 by Prussian physicist Heinrich Wilhelm Dove. Basically, what they are involves so-called “apparent sounds.” These are actually auditory processing artifacts, which are created normally through a set of stereo headphones. These headphones, when placed over the ears, produce two tones, one in each headphone. The tones are presented in separate waves and slightly different frequencies. For example, you may hear a 1,000 hertz frequency tone in one ear and a 1,500hertz frequency in the other ear. The difference between the two frequencies must be slight, and is usually less than 30MHz or the effect of a beating tone will not be perceived by the subject.
In this way, a beat is set up, and the brain can be influenced by the synchronization of its brainwaves to the beat created by the tones. For purposes of meditation, the jury is still out, but it’s generally felt that such a usage to help increase the power and quality of meditative techniques could be positive and may have several different beneficial effects.
When using binaural beats for mediation, try to keep a few things in mind. For people who have difficulty in concentrating enough to engage in traditional forms of meditation, the use of binaural beats may greatly lessen the amount of time needed to be skilled enough to engage in productive meditative techniques. It acts as a shortcut, in other words. And if you need quick relief from stress you can simply put on your headphones tuned to those beats and the synchronization of your brainwaves that results will put you into a relaxed state in no time!
Be wise when using binaural beats and always watch for signs of negative stimulation, such as the brain locking subconsciously onto a distracting pause or interruption rather than on the synchronization of brainwaves that is supposed to occur.