Self Care January 28, 2020

Brainwave entrainment as a catalyst for meditation

James @IndieJames

For most of my adult life, I've wanted to meditate but somehow I never really found the time. Plus, I just kind of assumed I didn't know how to do it "right" anyway. But for a few years now I've been using brainwave entrainment as a catalyst for my practice and it's been really really helpful for me.

For those who aren't familiar with it, entrainment is the process by which to rhythms/cycles/frequencies/etc. come into sync with each other. Through this process, you can entrain your brainwaves to an external stimulus. That means you can actually slow the brain into the meditative (and deeply healing) state called Theta. There are multiple ways to do this and my favorite is through the rhythm of a drum at a specific speed — very similar to a technique shamans have been doing for millennia to reach altered states of consciousness.

Here's a good drum track by Sandra Ingerman if you'd like to give it a shot. Just sit or lay down with your eyes closed in a safe and quiet environment and relax while you listen.

If you're interested in a free month of live meditations

I just launched a side project called the Theta Collective. It's a live twice-weekly online drum meditation designed to allow anyone, even people on a tight schedule like indie hackers, to create a regular (and deep) meditation practice. THE FIRST MONTH IS FREE then it’s $40 a month and you can cancel anytime. We meet for 30 minutes on Zoom, Tuesday and Thursday mornings.

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