How To Meditate For Beginners: 5 Simple Steps For Meditating

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How To Meditate For Beginners

Meditation has long been used by many different cultures for both its mental and physical healing benefits as well as the inner-peace and sense of tranquility it induces.

As science has evolved so has our understanding of the benefits associated with meditation.The problem with modern day living is that we have become to reliant on prescription medicines and ailments to “supposedly” cure us.

It’s important to realize that pharmaceutical companies are a financial powerhouse and a driving force behind our global economy!

They carry a lot of weight and are heavily publicized and over-emphasized!

They don’t want the average person to turn down their over-priced pills in favor of more “organic” or natural means of healing! Continue reading

TV’s Misrepresentation on Bipolar Disorder

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Television shows are suddenly very interested in people with Bipolar disorder with an emphasis on the inability of such people to function in the world or as serial rapists or crazed killers. How can people who have the disorder protect themselves from being labeled as criminally, mentally ill? The answer is to arm themselves with information and share it where appropriate.

It is true that people with Bipolar mood disorder have continual changes in thought, energy, mood, sleep and activity particularly before they are on the proper medications. But in spite of shifting states most people, even those who do not have their disorder under control with medication, are not usually going to commit murder or be serial rapists.

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Bipolar Disorder Information-Answering Faulty Television Characterizations

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Television shows are suddenly very interested in people with Bipolar mood disorder with an emphasis on the inability of people with bipolar disorder to function in the world or as crazed killers.

How can people who have the disorder protect themselves from being labeled as criminally, mentally ill?

The answer is to arm themselves with information and share it where appropriate. A television personality, Patty Duke, wrote a book about her experiences with the help of a psychiatrist–“Brilliant Madness: Living with Manic Depressive Illness” by Patty Duke and Gloria Hochman (Mass Market Paperback – Feb. 4, 1997). You can get this book from Amazon.com.

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Can the Brain Benefit From Brain Entrainment?

I don’t think space is the final frontier-the brain is. Scientists have much to study about the brain.

There are scientists studying chemicals to change brain chemistry. Some are arguing for mental stimulation to discourage Alzheimer’s. Others think that certain external sound waves mimicking brainwaves can increase creativity, intelligence, control pain or alter psychological states.

I don’t think the final word is in yet. But I do know from personal experience that brain entrainment is a working theory.

In the 1990s when a lot of studies were being conducted on entrainment, I got The Brainwave Suite by Dr. Jeffrey Thompson out of a catalog. There were 4 CDs that included sound wave triggers within ambient music. It was sort of like music anyway. The modern version is BRAINWAVE SUITE: Alpha (Relaxation/Med.), Theta (Insight & Intuition), Delta … (4CD + bklt) – Audio CD (2007) by Dr. Jeffrey Thompson, which you can get at Amazon.com. They also have the separate brainwaves available for MP3 downloads.

The four were Alpha Relaxation and Meditation, Theta Insight and Intuition, Delta Sleep and Rejuvenation and Alpha/Theta Awakened Mind.

My absolute favorite was the Delta sleep CD. I am an avowed insomniac and this CD always put me to sleep. My only problem with it was that I wore bulky earphones and they would bother me into wakefulness, just long enough to pull them off. My second favorite was the Alpha Relaxation and Meditation. The first part of the CD helped me calm down and the second led me into a deep meditation.

I didn’t use the Theta too much. I tried to play it and the Alpha/Theta while I typed, but I couldn’t do that. I know that most teens these days do all their work to blaring music, but I like and need my quiet. Science seems to suggest that there is a relationship between sound waves and brainwaves and that sound waves can alter brainwaves in positive ways.

In the conclusion of a study, “A Comprehensive Review of the Psychological Effects of Brainwave Entrainment,” 2008, by Tina L. Huang, PhD., she states that findings suggest that Brainwave Entrainment is an effective therapeutic tool. People suffering from cognitive functioning deficits, stress, pain, headaches/migraines, PMS and behavioral problems benefited from Brainwave Entrainment, but that more studies needed to be conducted. She did mention that it appeared that Beta stimulation increased overall intelligence as did a sound wave test that alternated between 14 and 22 Hz (Beta brainwaves are within the 13-40 Hz range).

These days there are many more brain entrainment programs to choose from. For example you can go to the Ultimate Brainwaves Store, the most Efficient Brainwave Technology with no headphones required and a free MP3 program at www.Brainwave-Meditation.net

I think that people found as I did that brainwave entrainment works, even though the research itself is sparse.

It appears that the brain is capable of doing some phenomenal things, like self-healing, improving intelligence, relearning how to stop pain, relax and relieve stress, improve behavior, and much more with the help of brain entrainment sound waves.

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