Day Fifty-Seven: Meditation

Since this is essentially a blog about meditation, I should probably spend some time reiterating this point.  Of course, for me, philosophizing and writing are huge parts of my meditation process, so I always feel like I am carrying on in that thread (although this fact may not be clear to those who are unpracticed in any of these arts).  I’ve been repeatedly told that I need to repeat things over and over to get my message across – something that I know quite well from my roles in marketing (it takes seeing an ad about 12 times before the message gets across).  And so, it’s best to take the advice that I know to be true…

I’m still watching the news almost every morning, but like me, they’ve stopped micro-analyzing every Trumpism.  It’s just not worth our time.  I actually think that if we can continue approaching him and his actions from a distance, more and more people will realize that although he is the PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!HOLYSHITSOSPECIAL!!!, he’s not actually the be all and end all of anyone’s life.  None of us are that, and the more that we realize that life is a collaborative effort, the better.

And so, on to meditation:  breathe, relax, let your thoughts go, accept them as they come back in waves and let them go again.  Enjoy the sounds of nature around you, the smells and deeply inhale the fresh air.  If none of those things are present in your life, find a place where they are existent.  Nature gives us all of the tools that we need to destress and enjoy life.  Of course, human nature is nature also, but we surround ourselves by so much technology that we are disrupting our brain patterns and cannot find that sense of relaxation.

Our brain cells communicate via electrical impulses and they are active all of the time.  Studies have shown that cell phone communication disrupts these impulses.  So do the emitters of extremely low frequency electromagnetic fields, like the 60Hz frequencies that our televisions emit, and our electrical grid.  Our brain waves oscillate from 0.5Hz to 42Hz, the highest frequencies of which are reserved for our most complex thoughts that come with new experiences or spiritual highs – things that most people these days don’t experience.  Television induces our Alpha brain waves, which is our restful brain state – one that doesn’t require much energy to operate but is a highly suggestible state.  Just one minute of television watching can take us from an active Beta state directly to the Alpha state.  We’ve all seen it… someone walking past a screen and being instantly mesmerized.

Meditation is our only cure for this ill in our society.  We cannot seem to escape the screens – their presence is ever increasing.  Rather than fight the ills in the world (ahem… need I saw what I am thinking?), we are better off to find the natural cures for which we are well equipped to receive – they only need to be implemented.  Make a ritual: take yourself to your happy place in this physical world… somewhere that you feel is special and is surrounded by our natural wonders (visual art and live, non-amplified music are fine replacements) and spend some time with yourself away from technology and allow your spirit to be replenished.

The science is there to back me up – “Gamma brainwaves (38-42Hz) are the fastest of brain waves and relate to the simultaneous processing of information from different brain areas.  This brain state passes information rapidly, and as the most subtle of the brainwave frequencies, the mind has to be quiet to access it. Gamma was dismissed as ‘spare brain noise’ until researchers discovered it was highly active when in states of universal love, altruism, and the ‘higher virtues’. Gamma is also above the frequency of neuronal firing, so how it is generated remains a mystery. It is speculated that Gamma rhythms modulate perception and consciousness, and that a greater presence of Gamma relates to expanded consciousness and spiritual emergence.”

If I may speculate based on my experiences, I think that nature provides us this avenue to our neurons firing at this higher rate.  The green of the plants, the sound of water or run rustling through trees, the fresh fragrances, and the sounds of bugs, birds and animals are all the right tools for inspiring universal love within each of us.  Those who are not inspired by these things have yet to learn that this power is within them, too.  Luckily, we have plant medicines to help us with that – a topic that I will write about soon.

For now, do us all a favour and practice this most blessed skill.  Deep down, we all know that we need this, now more than ever.

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