Relax to the sound of the ocean

This ocean recording is part of ReWake’s Sound Relaxation series, a collection of beautiful, immersive nature recordings, designed to relax and calm the mind and body.

This short 9 minute soundtrack is enhanced with Theta Wave Binaural frequencies, an audio technology designed to induce calming relaxation and deep meditative states.

The audio technology takes advantage of a unique neurological process which responds to particular audio frequencies, called binaural beats, which encourages the quieting of the mind.

We recommend that you listen to ReWake soundtracks with stereo headphones to experience the full effects of this audio technology.

Sit back and relax to the soothing sounds of the ocean. This nature soundscape was recorded at beautiful Jervis Bay in New South Wales, Australia. The images in the video accompanying the soundtrack are of the ocean and beaches around Australia.

Good reasons to meditate

Kangaroo Island, Australia

“We meditate to discover our own identity, our right place in the scheme of the universe. Through meditation, we acquire and eventually acknowledge our connection to an inner power source that has the ability to transform our outer world. In other words, meditation gives us not only the light of insight but also the power for expansive change.”

– Julia Cameron

 

What is meditation?

meditating in natureAlthough meditation began in ancient eastern cultures as part of religious practice or tradition, meditation entered the mainstream in the west in the sixties. Although at its core, meditation is still seen as a spiritual practice, it is now widely practiced to enhance our health and well-being.

In 2007 a survey by the US National Center for Health Statistics found that more than 20 million people in the US practiced meditation in the previous 12 months. According to the research, people used meditation to help overcome a variety of health issues including stress, pain, anxiety, insomnia and depression. In addition, many practiced meditation for overall wellness. [1]

People are searching for ways to improve their physical health and their emotional well-being. They want to change their lives, be calmer, improve their relationships, feel more confident, reduce stress and find inner peace.

The term meditation refers to many techniques, but essentially it is a practice of focusing attention, or focusing the mind.

Salzberg says that meditation is training our attention so that we can be be more aware — not only of our inner workings but also of what’s happening around us in the here and now. [2]

Meditation can be as simple as focusing on a single object, like our breath. Some people use mantras (a sound, word or phrase which is repeated). But there are other ways which can help us concentrate — such as music, sounds or beats.

Still, many of us find it difficult to train our attention (or concentrate) and we give up. But we can all breathe, so even if we are distracted for a moment, if we are able to bring our focus back to the breath, we are on our way to learning how to stay in the moment.

Research has found that sound or music helps us concentrate. Audio technologies which produce audio stimuli have been developed to assist in meditation practice. Known as brainwave entrainment, it is a simple method of listening to separate beats or tones in each ear through earphones. Our brains decode these sounds and our brainwave frequencies start to sync with the beats or tones.

Over time, this stimulation on the brain—a different type of meditation practice—produces the same beneficial physiological and emotional effects as traditional meditation techniques and practice.

However, meditation should not be seen as a one-off activity that will generate feelings of well-being after just one session. It doesn’t work that way. Establishing a regular practice (even 5 minutes per day) of focusing our attention, allows us to steady our minds and let go of distractions — which in turn helps us be in the moment. This being in the moment, or awareness of the here and now is termed being mindful.

Mindfulness, says Sharon Salzberg ‘entails giving purposeful, non-judgemental attention to whatever arises in the present moment’. She suggests that everyday activities such as drinking tea, brushing teeth or walking could be used as practice in mindfulness.

This type of meditation practice, of paying attention to each aspect of an activity by using all the senses, helps us focus our attention on the present moment.

Through regular meditation practice, we find that our lives become more harmonious, we feel happier, less stressed, less anxious. We are able to concentrate better at work and school, boost our immunity and cope better with pain.

In short, meditation helps us to live fulfilling, happy lives with the ability to care for ourselves and others with loving kindness.

Sources

http://nccam.nih.gov/health/meditation/overview.htm

Salzberg, Sharon, 2011 Real happiness, the power of meditation Workman Publishing, NY

Sound awakening

ReWake MeditationSound surrounds you. It is inescapable. Through the power of music it has the potential to move millions. Through the power of language it can elevate entire cultures. Sound permeates every aspect of your life, and yet it’s so easy to take it for granted.

But sound is so much more. As a professional music producer I have the pleasure of helping people communicate meaning through music. I feel its intimate connection with our emotions. Simultaneously, as an experimental audio engineer, I have come to realise the incredible power sound has, to heal and affect our state of being.

Our digital culture has fostered the development of a variety of powerful audio technologies that can affect our brainwaves. Research over the past few decades has shown that exposure to particular types of auditory stimuli can have powerful effects on listeners physical, mental, and emotional states. This technology is now used to assist and enhance meditative practice, promote expanded awareness, and generate feelings of deep relaxation.

This type of audio technology is known as brainwave entrainment. Entrainment is a process whereby any two separate vibrating or oscillating systems, when placed in close proximity to another, begin to imitate each other. Take a piano for example. If you strike only one key and listen to the decay, you would hear not only the one note, but a multitude of tones that resonate in harmony. Whilst this may sound ordinary, the implications are profound.

An experiment you can try at home, is to hang a number of pendulums around a room and set them swinging randomly. In time, the pendulums will sync and begin to swing in unison, or at least fall into a similar phase relationship.

As all matter in our universe is made up of vibrations—indeed, your brainwaves are vibrations—entrainment is a very powerful science. Using brainwave entrainment audio can be beneficial for you physically, mentally and emotionally as the Egyptians and Shamans clearly knew.

By meditating regularly using brainwave entrainment, you can achieve positive physiological outcomes including stress relief, improved sleep, enhanced creativity, and deep relaxation. This type of technology can also assist in inner healing and conscious awakening, and allow for mind-expanding states of consciousness to occur.

This synergy of ancient wisdom and modern technology is paving a path for self-healing and awakening. An exciting advance which makes the practice of meditation easy and accessible to all.