What is Meditation? – Part 1
Meditation is curious, the scientist in me looks for answers and the engineer in me looks for solutions.
The science of brain entrainment was definitely a curiosity for me.
I like to look at science when I come across something I don’t understand. It’s not necessarily the only approach, but for me, it usually provides solid answers. Keep in mind though, science doesn’t always have the answers to everything, as things exist in the meta-physics as well.
Did I find answers to meditation in Science?
The short answer is no, not really, but that’s not being fair to all the wonderful research being done by creative neurologists and other scientists around the world on the meditating brain. We know a lot about meditation in neurology but still in the early stages of research.
Let’s begin discussing and learning. Or at least be a little more scientifically aware:
Brainwaves Basics – Neurons, Oscillations and Electrical Pulses:
- Your neurons fire electrical pulses and they do this in orchestration.
- Neurons work and fire together, producing an electrical signal that can be measured using an EEG, Electroencephalogram.
- The oscillation differs depending on your level of consciousness.
- When meditation is normally experienced, it shows as alpha and theta brainwaves.
Brainwaves Basics – Wearables
As shown in image on top are the brainwaves as divided into groups by neurologists,
EEG readings show increased activity in the frequency band when subject is in that state of consciousness. Interestingly enough, today there are commercial EEG headsets, see left, you can buy to record and monitor your own brainwaves, and they work!
Keep an eye out for this interesting space. New meditation wearables are definitely cool looking!
There is more then just science to meditation, it exist in many cultures and religions, East to West.
Today, through our advances in scientific knowledge of meditation and its benefits as well as interest sparked by:
+ Cultural revolution e.g. The Beatles with founder of TM (Transcendental Meditation Org);
+ Modern versions such as Mindfuleness practiced by top celebrities;
+ Clinical use by psychologists such as MBSR (Meditation Based Stress Reduction);
= All equal to that Meditation is good for you and here to stay…:-)
For part 2, continue blog, click here