"Binaural beats can alter the electrochemical environment of the brain allowing mind-consciousness to have different experiences. When brain waves move to lower frequencies and awareness is maintained, a unique state of consciousness emerges. Practitioners of the binaural-beat process call this state of hypnagogia “mind awake / body asleep”. Slightly higher frequencies can lead to hyper-suggestive states of consciousness. Still higher-frequency EEG states are associated with alert and focused mental activity needed for the optimal performance of many tasks."
"The binaural-beat auditory-guidance process provides access to many beneficial mind-consciousness states. This process is a unique combination of well-understood psycho-physiological inductive techniques (restricted environmental stimulation, controlled breathing, progressive relaxation, affirmation, visualization, etc.) with the addition of a refined binaural-beat technology providing potential consciousness-altering information to the brain's reticular activating system. This safe and effective binaural-beat process offers a wide variety of applications which include, but are not limited to: relaxation, meditation, enhanced creativity, intuition development, enriched learning, improved sleep, wellness, and the exploration of expanded mind-consciousness states."
F. Holmes Atwater. Journal of Scientific Exploration, Vol. 11, No. 3, pp. 263-274, 1997.
"...meditation practitioners appear to experience better quality of life and functional health than the general population. Perhaps most importantly is the observation that there appears to be a relatively robust and consistent relationship between the meditative experience of mental silence and health, especially mental health. Based on the premise and findings of this study, these observations necessarily apply to practitioners of mental silence-orientated forms of meditation of which Sahaja Yoga is an example. Taking into account the fact that two well-designed RCTs of mental silence also demonstrated significant effects on both mental and physical health parameters compared to active controls, the association between the subjectively reported experience of mental silence and health observed in this study is likely to be causal. Hence this survey data suggests that such approaches to meditation may have a potentially valuable role in primary mental health prevention. Further research to evaluate this possibility is clearly warranted."
Evidence Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine. 2012; 2012: 350674. Published online 2012 May 7T.
"The way the human brain works, our attention gets grabbed by novelty – an excellent way to be for most of human history. You and I are here today in part because our ancestors paid more attention to a ripple in the high grass than to the grass as a whole. The ancestor who noticed a lion stalking at the very edge of his visual field might have passed on his genes more successfully than the one who focused only on the path ahead.
.... I may sit down to meditate thinking that something is a big problem, then after a mere twenty minutes, conclude that it’s not such a big deal after all... Dr. Norman E. Rosenthal. Transcendence: Healing and Transformation through Transcendental Meditation. London: Hay House, 2011. P 128.
Nowadays, however, the prizes (at least in school) go mostly to those who “stay on task.” This becomes harder and harder to do, however, as we almost all live in an environment where things constantly bleep, bling, flash, or pop up! The modern environment seems designed to forcibly grab our attention, even in our own homes… Meditation helps because it gives us a break from the breakneck pace of the world. It lets the mind… slow… down… so that we can think more calmly and clearly. Since I started meditating, I have noticed that many things that once seemed so urgent now seem less so. This de-escalation can happen even as the gift of a single meditation session. I may sit down to meditate thinking that something is a big problem, then after a mere twenty minutes, conclude that it’s not such a big deal after all. Maybe my PFC [pre-frontal cortex] is quieting down the amygdala, which is less likely to fire off a false alarm. Whatever the reason, over months and years of meditation, I hear fewer internal alarm bells, and I have become better able to concentrate and make good decisions."
Regular meditators report a wide variety of benefits, including:
Forem, Jack. Transcendental Meditation. Revised Edition. London: Hay House, 2012. P 211-219