When was the last time you went hiking and saw a squirrel scratching its head and reminding itself of its to-do list for the day? Or when was the last time you saw a doe walking pensively through a field with her mind replaying the conversation she had with that buck over and over again? I see a lot of wildlife out our backdoor and I can honestly say if either of these scenarios appeared we'd be quite concerned.
Eckhart Tolle has said that, as humans, our verbal minds are so constantly engaged with our own internal conversations that as we walk through a wild space we tend to scare the animals away because they recognize this obsessive thinking as a form of insanity!
One of the top reasons clients seek my work is to get balanced and truly feel joy. But how can we be joyful if we're constantly living in a boomerang of the past and future? As a plugged-in society we continue to become unplugged from ourselves. In Cyndi Dale's book, The Subtle Body, she discusses the difference between a healing and curing. "To cure is to erase symptoms. To heal is to assure a state of wholeness....A whole person is whole in spite of a missing leg, a flu bug or a terminal illness." So really my job is to restore people back to the state where they feel whole in order for them to feel their own internal balance and joy.
In our modern world, there is always something vying for our attention. Walking down the street we're engaged with store windows and billboards. Checking email or surfing the web, our attention is drawn to clickbait. We're so engaged with our electronic devices that 'no-screen zones' have to be implemented in households, restaurants and movie theaters. What happens when our attention becomes drawn in so many different directions? We become externalized. We're taken so far beyond our center, that sitting quietly without checking our phones for more than five minutes can be excruciating.
Our brains are made up of neurons, cells with electrical charges firing off to communicate with each other. With millions of neurons firing off, this creates electrical activity called a brain wave. Our brains have four gears, or types of brain waves, which helps our mind regulate its activities.
The Beta brain wave is what we're engaged with most of the time. It helps us to be alert, have conversations and go about our daily routines. It's also activated when we feel agitated, stressed or fearful. On an EEG, this brain wave measure to be about 13-60 pulses per second.
The Alpha brain wave occurs when we become more relaxed. We can feel the brain begin to slow down as we sit in meditation or simply falling into that lounge chair on a tropical beach! Its frequency measures 7-13 pulses per second.
The Theta wave is the state most of you go when you come for a Reiki session. That state between waking and dreaming, a drop into the subconscious when we begin to receive intuitive information more easily. This measures at 4-7 pulses.
Finally the Delta wave is when we fall into deep slumber measuring in at .1-4 pulses per second.
Here's the bio-chemical importance: Neuroscientists who studied brain waves in people found that by decreasing the the brain wave from Beta to Alpha, the more relaxed state, produced significant increases in endorphins, dopamine and norepinephrine. These are all hormones produced in the body which govern our concentration, satisfaction and energy.
Yet, with our brains constantly engaged at the Beta wave, 13-60 pulses per second, how can any new information or insights be obtained? There is so much communication and energy crowding the space, there isn't enough room for the intuitive, the right brain to come to the party. Essentially we run the same thoughts over and over which run the same messages. "I have so much to do." "I never have enough time." "I'm never gonna catch up."
The practice of powering down our brain helps us to reset into our center. We bring our energy back into our bodies rather than being at the forefront or even outside of ourselves. When we are actively engaged with the centerpoint, we automatically engage with a quieter mind. This helps us to also expand our periphery rather than being in tunnel-vision. It helps us to become more solutions-based because we are better able to gain access to a higher wisdom. As we align with these states of being then we begin to release the constant replay of what we don't have because we return to a state of wholeness. And if we're truly whole, then how can anything be lacking?
Return to your center with my Free Finding Your Center Meditation!