Tools for Meditation
Tools are great however where meditation is concerned they are training wheels which must at some point be discarded.
Weaning oneself off the tool can be as difficult to do as learning to self initiate meditation in the first place.
But lets be realistic, many people find it hard to just begin meditating at all never mind settling down to twice daily practice. So, if you find your self in the former category, you may want to give some tried and tested tools a whirl.
Recommending this tool in the past has caused consternation to purists who feel that particular rituals for its use must be adhered to but, it has helped many students to quiet the mind that we list it here. There is so much written about how to approach this diagram but most find that simply putting it up on a wall and sitting in front of it, perhaps four feet away, and looking directly at the central dot leads them, with practice, into a deep meditative state.
This is the ancient diagram called Sri Yantra which consists of nine interconnecting isosceles triangles. The link below shows how to draw one, a nice thing to do and pulling together discipline to draw it can only be beneficial but you can just as easily copy one and blow it up. We have students who experimented with all sizes from 25 cm x 25 cm up to 2 meters square.
Some like to repeat a mantra whilst looking at the central dot others like to listen to their breath – what ever method you choose remember the point of the exercise is to rid the mind of the constant chatter.
Listening to relaxing music can certainly lead to a meditative state, again the point is to relax and empty the mind until all mental processes have halted. Choose a piece that you love, ethereal and melodic can be helpful as can simple rainfall, wave sounds or birdsong all of which can be purchased nowadays in various retail outlets and online.
Binaural beats or Binaural Tones are auditory processing artifacts, or apparent sounds, the perception of which arises in the brain independent of physical stimuli. This effect was discovered in 1839 by Heinrich Wilhelm Dove.
Playing different tones into each ear via headphones results in the whole brain becoming entrained to the internal beat until it resonates at that frequency.
In the 20th century countless experiments, using an EEG machine to observe the subject’s electrical brain wave patterns, confirmed that without a doubt that binaural beats entrain brain wave patterns and this technology was used as the foundation for a multitude of brainwave entrainment products. Many varieties are available on internet sites. The thing is to test run some and see what the results are.
21st century TLC NeuroTechnology™ has complex layers of monaural beats, binaural beats and isochronic tones and can be played on headphones or out into the room. Our ‘Meditate’ download runs for 20 mins, has no music our verbal guidance it has had good reviews from around the globe and anecdotal evidence suggests it is more effective than products with only binaural beats. Twice daily use kickstarts the meditation process as the brain is entrained via the TLC NeuroTechnology™ to a meditative state. As thoughts enter the mind one re focuses on the tones. As you become more used to this state and are able to stem the internal chatter you can leave the tool and try going it alone.
There’s a revolution going on. There used to be two systems of knowledge: hard science chemistry, physics, biophysics on the one hand, and, on the other, a system of knowledge that included ethnology, psychology and psychiatry. And now it’s as if a lightning bolt had connected the two. It’s all one system — neuroscience…The present era in neuroscience is comparable to the time when Louis Pasteur first found out that germs cause disease.
Candice Pert, Neuro-Chemist, National Institute of Mental Health