May 2016 - Page 32

automatic response of the human heart to rhythm in music. You can’t turn this off. It happens even if you’re ignoring the music playing in the store. A racing mind and a racing heartbeat often go together. When you choose music with a slow beat, the heartbeat will slow down to match it. Since the heartbeat, breathing, and brainwave rhythms are all intimately connected, a slower heartbeat will encourage the mind to slow down and become quiet. The reverse of this process is also true. When you slow down the mind, the heartbeat slows down. Music with brainwave entrainment frequencies focuses on directly changing the brainwave state to quiet the mind, which also results in the body relaxing deeply and easily. Here is an explanation of how it works. A frequency, for example, of 440 hertz is placed in the right ear only with headphones. A frequency of 448 hertz is placed into the left ear only. The result is that the brainwave state shifts into the frequency of the difference between the two 32 | Eydis Magazine sounds, quickly and easily. In this example, the difference is eight hertz, which is in the alpha brainwave state range. The listener shifts into a meditative state effortlessly. And the body responds with deep relaxation. There is a great deal of music available that has brainwave entrainment frequencies embedded into the sound to stimulate a change of brainwave state. Two of my favorites who produce this kind of music are Hemi-Sync and Dr. Jeffrey Thompson. Both Hemi-Sync, through The Monroe Institute, and Dr. Thompson have conducted research for decades to understand how these frequencies affect us. TIP 2: PUSH THE RESTART BUTTON Old Tibetan singing bowls are ancient brainwave entrainment tools that also help to quiet the mind. Because of the way that Tibetan bowls are made, they naturally resonate at multiple frequencies. This leads to very apparent wavering sounds when the bowl is played. These wavering sounds entrain the brainwaves and help to calm the mind.