06 Aug Finding my wavelength with binaural beats and meditation
Music is my first love. The way our minds can connect to a bassline, random snare, vocal hook or singalong anthem is truly joyous. Music takes us to heightened states, which include not only ecstasy but also mindfulness – fully committing us to the moment.
My love for music started with devouring my mum’s eclectic vinyl collection as a kid. Side by side were classic cuts from Marvin Gaye, Donna Summer, Abba, The Beatles and Dolly Parton.
Soon, I added to those 12”s my love of electronic music, acid house and rave. Further igniting a passion that led to me making house music and DJ’ing across the UK and Europe. Lots of many happy memories and good friends made along the way.
Now that I’m in my 40s and a dad, the relationship I have with music has a new and introspective dimension through meditation. To help with my meditation, I use binaural beats to quieten my inner voice and block out the outside world.
Since I was 14, I’ve been fascinated with meditation and altering my consciousness. Over the years, this has stopped and started.
There are long periods of time where I never really found my groove. Which meant I’d either fall asleep or end up more stressed out than I was before the session.
The times I did find my groove – when using flotation tanks or meditating with Zen Buddhists – were incredible. But the powerful experiences were few and far between as I couldn’t easily control the thoughts in my head from taking my focus.
Recovering from the weekend blues
After a heavy weekend of partying or as I got higher and higher up the career ladder, it became even harder for my mind not to wander. Further turning what should be a calming experience into a stressful one.
This all changed when I found binaural beats.
Binaural beats meant I was able to cancel out my inner voice, concentrate on my breathing and have a rewarding experience while meditating.
What are binaural beats?
There are many benefits to binaural beats, but the main one for me was that they created a space where my mind could shut the hell up. But, what are binaural beats all about?
Simply put, binaural beats are an auditory hallucination. You listen to two separate frequencies – one in your left and one in your right.
Those separate frequencies combine in your brain and create a combined frequency from the music.
It’s not as simple as slapping two random frequencies together, you have to make sure they sit within a certain range:
- Alpha frequencies frequency – 8 to 13 Hz – promoted relaxation, positivity and decrease anxiety
- Beta frequency – 14 to 30 Hz – increase concentration, alertness, problem-solving and improved memory
- Delta frequency – 1 to 4 Hz – benefiting deep sleep and relaxation
- Theta frequency – 4 to 8 Hz – improve REM sleep, relaxation, meditative and creative states while reducing anxiety
Where does wavelength.design come from?
At the start of 2020, I was in a shitty place – and that was even before the Covid-19 pandemic hit home. I’d recently started a new job that turned out to be a bad fit for me.
Annoyingly, I initially turned down the job, but was convinced by the CEO to come on board. I should have listened to my gut!
Soon after lockdown, I found myself no longer wanted and without a job. A disaster, right?
Well, I’m a great believer in things happening for a reason and while losing my job wasn’t ideal, it also brought some great positives:
- It took me out of an overly stressful working environment
- I was able to look after my boys who are aged two and five
- It gave me the opportunity to look at my skills and think hard about what I want to be in our new post-Covid-19 normality
From that, wavelength.design has been born. It combines my love for music, my experience as a digital creative and my passion for altering my consciousness for the better. It’s my authentic self.
Binaural beats won’t be for everyone. But, I’ve found them to be a powerful tool in helping me go deeper on my introspective journeys and enjoy meditation. I’m sure they will help you to.