One result of meditating is slowing down your brain wave patterns.
Now why is that beneficial for you?
First of all, let me explain how your brain waves connect to your thoughts, your ability to think clearly, your emotions, your health, your stress level etc.
There are five main different brain wave categories: Beta, Alpha, Theta, Delta and Gamma. Scientists have found that there is a huge difference in brain wave patterns between people who meditate and people who don’t.
Most of the time you are producing Beta waves, these are the fastest with fluctuations from 12-30 times per second. This is your normal day-to-day brain wave pattern. You are wide awake, alert and concentrated. When you are feeling stressed, you are producing very fast Beta waves which are associated with anxiety and dis-ease.
Slower brainwaves means feeling less stressed and fewer stress-induced physical symptoms
When you are feeling relaxed or for example are deeply engaged in an activity (“you’re in the flow”), you are probably producing Alpha brain waves. Alpha brain waves vary between 8 and 12 times per second. Alpha is associated with superlearning, joy, inner peace and happiness. It is also in this state where creativity happens. When you are functioning in Beta, you most likely feel “stuck” and cannot think creatively.
The interesting fact is that meditators produce more Alpha brain waves than non-meditators, even at times when they are not meditating.
Slower brainwaves means more creativity and better learning capacities
Even slower, with fluctuations between 4 and 8 times per second, are Theta Waves. They occur for example when you are dreaming at night or during deep meditation. Science has concluded that the more Theta Waves you produce, the more creative you are. Your solution-finding abilities increase, you have more aha-moments and creative ideas. When you meet a very creative person, know for sure, that he or she is making a lot of Theta brain waves.
Theta is also associated with superlearning and improved memory abilities.
When you meditate, you improve your ability to produce these brain wave patterns. This is the reason why meditators are more relaxed, less stressed, generally happier, more creative and sharper thinkers. And due to these brain wave changes you experience a higher level of awareness being able to stop operating on autopilot in certain situations.
The slowest are Delta Waves. They fluctuate between 0.1 and 4 cycles per second. It’s the state of dreamless sleep, or during advanced meditation a trance-like state. Delta is associated with high performance, leadership and high levels of persuasiveness. Once in Delta, the brain releases the human growth hormone,
which slows the aging process and keeps you physically young.
That’s why the saying is very true: the more you sleep, the older you get.
During a scientific study on meditating monks, researchers have found that the monks are making high amounts of Gamma brain waves. These are even faster than Beta and fluctuate between 30 and 50 times per second. Mostly, right before an intuitive, creative moment a burst of Gamma waves occurs inside a state of theta brain waves.
Gamma waves are associated with compassion, loving kindness and creativity.
Most people operate with normal Beta and a few Alpha brain waves. The more you meditate, the more you train your brain to create slower brainwaves. It is like learning to play an instrument, your brain evolves with learning and gets better with time. Due to neuroplasticity your brain can change with stimulation, learning and different patterns of thinking.
Whole brain thinking improves your creativity and superpowers
Another important fact is, when you slow down your brainwaves, your right and left brain start communicating more with each other. This is known as whole-brain thinking. Many geniuses, e.g. Einstein, Mozart, Walt Disney or Stephen Hawkings operate on this level. Whole brain thinking is associated with high levels of creativity, high problem solving ability, intuitive insights, high learning ability, better memory, visions and increased mental powers.
So, how can changing your brain waves change your life?
By meditating regularly above mentioned benefits of alpha, theta and waking delta will become more and more available to you. Meditation creates a network of new neural pathways linking the left and the right hemispheres, leading to an enormous awareness and many mental, emotional, and spiritual benefits.
That’s why it is so important to stick to your meditation practice. Brain changes need time. There is a little shortcut, though. Modern technology based on binaural beats, for example Centerpointe`s Holosync audio technology, help reach the deeper states of mind faster.