Over the years, I have been practicing meditation on my own, trying different styles and ways to help release stress, gain clarity and insight. When I started, I thought the same thing many others have – “Do you really have to sit quietly and not have any thoughts?”

The quick short answer is NO! Here is why…

Like anything else in life, we are all unique, we all learn differently, we all process differently. It is no different than learning to meditate. Also, meditation isn’t empty-we do focus on SOMETHING, not nothing, whether it be the breath, visualization, you name it. It is a way to train the brain!

Sure, you could sit quietly and focus on quieting the mind if that is a goal, there is nothing wrong with that, however it is NOT the only way to do things.

Did you know there are so many different kinds of meditation? There isn’t just one form? That is why there is no “one size fits all” approach to meditation. You need to find what works for you.

What I have found, as long as alpha state is achieved, it does not matter what you are doing. You can have a trigger object, word, binaural beat, that puts you into that state. You can meditate while getting ready, going for a jog, driving down the road (although I must air caution on this one–you should be in a state of relaxation BUT hightened awareness so you can observe whats happening on the roads)

So, what is Alpha state? It is a lower brain wave state than what we normally operate, which is Beta. Often we stay stuck in Beta brain waves, which new psychology research has been linking that to depression, anxiety, and rut-like thinking patterns. Beta is where we are fast past, decision making, problem solving, etc, so there is a time and a place to be in Beta.

Alpha state is where we are in between fully awake and asleep. It is where we are the most relaxed, time seems to slow down, we are still awake and alert, and this state is essential for developing our intuitive senses. Most of the time, we are in this state when we are “day dreaming”. You can feel the difference in the body, and what I have found is that the external world becomes more like a playground-where we can focus on manifestation.

Alpha is also connected to our subconscious mind, it is where we are the most creative and visual, and it is also the state where majority of practitioners and teachers are in. This is where we gain information from universal consciousness, it is where we get our amazing ideas and inspiration.

For these reasons, it does NOT matter how you get there, just that you do! You need to find a way that works for you.

#1) Solfeggio Frequencies!
For me, it is listening to the solfeggio frequencies, you can go to youtube and put in “528 hz” and find the music that’s most appealing. The music doesn’t matter–the frequency is there under it.
Choose whichever one you would like to work with.
You can look up music for Alpha brainwaves specifically. I find I go right into alpha state when doing either or.

In the beginning, you may have to take time for yourself and actually listen to the beats/frequencies and music. The most important part is to allow yourself to breathe deeply.

Thoughts will come and go. It is not important to “let your thoughts go” because if you’re not attaching to them, it doesn’t matter. They will always be there–just do not focus on what you’re making for dinner in that moment until you’re used to doing this.

In the beginning, you’re setting a new neural pathway in the brain, so you will need to relax and find a way that works for you and keep doing it until it becomes second nature.

Getting into Alpha state is a skill, the more you reinforce it, the easier it is. These are all forms of meditation to get you there.

I do this every time before a reading, before a BodyTalk session, before a Reiki session, in order to be objective and neutral for the client and not allow my busy beta brain to take over.

#2) Guided meditation/visualization! This you can do if the above doesn’t work for you. How I do that is I take a deep breath in (and continue to do so) and focus on walking on a path that leads to my “safe place”, which is just my field of flowers, a lake, and a cherry blossom tree. Every step I take is taking me deeper into relaxation, down into alpha state until I see my field. Once you get going, you’ll be able to do this anywhere any time. Ensure you engage ALL 5 senses. What can you see? taste? smell? hear? touch?

#3) Binaural Beats: A binaural beat is an auditory illusion perceived when two different pure-tone sine waves, both with frequencies lower than 1500 Hz, with less than a 40 Hz difference between them, are presented to a listener dichotically (one through each ear).
For example, if a 530 Hz pure tone is presented to a subject’s right ear, while a 520 Hz pure tone is presented to the subject’s left ear, the listener will perceive the auditory illusion of a third tone, in addition to the two pure-tones presented to each ear. The third sound is called a binaural beat, and in this example would have a perceived pitch correlating to a frequency of 10 Hz, that being the difference between the 530 Hz and 520 Hz pure tones presented to each ear
Draganova R., Ross B., Wollbrink A., Pantev C. (2008). Cortical steady-state responses to central and peripheral auditory beats. Cerebral Cortex Vol. 18, 2008, pp1193–1200.
This you can also youtube and find a binaural beat you enjoy that creates the alpha state. There are theta binaural beats that will help you sleep!

I hope this has been helpful to guide you to choose what works best for you!