The Alpha State of Mind

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Alpha State of Mind

At the root of your thoughts, emotions and behaviors is the communication between billions of neurons. Through a shared network of nerves in the brain, these neurons send and receive signals of electro-magnetic impulse.

The result of this immense activity can be registered and tracked as a "brain wave pattern."  

In 1924, a german physiologist and psychiatrist named Hans Berger recorded the first human brain wave pattern using sensitive equipment referred to as EEG (electroencephalographic).

History and Evolution of Electroencephalogram Instruments and Techniques (Journal of Clinical Neurophysiology)

Brain wave states are divided into five different categories based on frequency. The state of our waves change throughout the day and are part of a feedback cycle (Hz) that is influenced by what we’re doing, thinking, seeing, smelling, and feeling emotionally at any given time—or even while we are  asleep. 

1. Beta This wave state occurs when we are in full consciousness and are aware of our surroundings. From this state we experience the perception of space and time while in our normal waking state of mind. The beta state is identified by a brainwave cycles of between 12 – 27Hz per second.

In cases where higher cycles are recorded, this may signify incidences of stress or anxiety. Generally speaking, higher Beta cycles are not good and may raise other medical concerns such as hypertension (high blood-pressure) and cortisol production.

2. Alpha/ relaxation state This brain state is associated with creativity and feelings of flow. Alpha is characterized by cycles of between 7 -13Hz and mostly occurs while in partial consciousness. It is at this brainwave that learning and processing of information are optimized.
 

3. Theta It is usually characterized by very deep relaxation, sleep, and dreams. Hypnosis aims at achieving this state of mind and most of the time an individual is said to be in a trance. The brainwave cycle at this stage is between 4- 8Hz per second. It is the entry point of ideas, creativity, and visualizations.

4. Delta/extreme relaxation It is characterized by a brainwave cycle of between 1-4Hz per second. At this stage, an individual is in completely subconscious. It is believed that an individual in advanced meditation can achieve this state while still awake!

The Alpha State of Mind

The alpha state of mind can be described as a state of relaxed awareness. This is achieved during meditation or while drifting off to sleep.

Research has revealed that the alpha brainwave level can be achieved even while wide awake and functioning normally. It is from this state of consciousness that we are able to experience intense clarity and presence of the moment where time seems almost non-existent.

When the mind is able to flow freely without being attached to a specific thought, alpha mind is typically the most active. This is because when alpha waves are prominent, sensory input is minimized and your mind is generally clear of compulsive thoughts.

Mindfulness training and meditation tend to produce noticeably more alpha waves, which is why alpha infused audio therapy has been used as a way to reduce anxiety and stress.

The alpha state of mind is linked to flow state — a state of complete immersion in the moment.  This is where focus and creativity is at peak level, often accompanied by a feeling of natural euphoria.


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Benefits of Alpha State Brainwaves

  • Confidence. When you are extremely calm, yet very focused, aware of your surroundings and full of energy, you tend to be much more confident. In the alpha state of mind, you are able to bypass the part of your brain that is associated with fear and worry. The alpha mind is confident and fully present — this sensation is said to be similar to the feeling of being 'naturally high.'
     
  • Relaxation of the body and mind. The alpha state of mind can only be achieved when you are completely relaxed. Brain activity is slowed down, providing a deeper connection to your body and to the moment, with razor sharp mental clarity and focus. Stress and anxiety are eliminated due to the fact that you are sitting in pure awareness.
     
  • Increased creativity. Evidence reveals that people with an above average level of creativity, such as artists and innovators, experience the alpha brain state more often than normal people. This shows that people can utilize this state of mind to improve their creativity and ablity to create new opportunities and solve problems.
     
  •  Improved critical thinking and learning capabilities. At alpha brainwave, both the conscious and subconscious parts of the mind are integrated in harmony. As a result, an individual has increased abilities to solve problems and critically analyze situations.
     
  • Ability to control emotions. While in the alpha state of mind, there exists a space between your thought patterns and emotions.  Within this space resides calm energy and tranquil vibration. People with anger management problems or those who are experiencing emotional turbulance can tap into this level and experience much more emotional control.

It has also been shown that while in this state of flow an individual can concentrate, learn, and think much more effectively. Enhanced moments of powerful insight are believed to be associated with the alpha state. Although it is easy to achieve the alpha state of mind while in a light sleep or in highly relaxed conditions, intentionally reaching this state of flow in order to benefit in everyday life can be achieved through meditation.

How to Achieve the Alpha State of Mind 

  • First, you have to be as comfortable as you possibly can. You can lie down flat on your back or sit comfortably – either in the lotus position or in a comfortable chair.

  • The next step is getting rid of all disturbances and noises. You can have soft music playing in the background to sooth the mood. Brainwave enhanced meditation music can be used as a powerful way to help you relax.

  • Close your eyes with the intentions of clearing your mind. Take slow breaths deep into your diaphragm, and feel your body release any tension or anxiety. Each breath you are becoming more relaxed. Continue this for 5 minutes.

  • Upon relaxation, you can start counting from 1 to 10, breathing deeply in and out, and then back down from 10 to 1, fully concentrating on each number as the countdown continues. Feel each breathe energize your cells and calm your mind. With time, you will be able to drift into the alpha state.

  • Each time you visit this state in daily meditation, it will become stronger and more vibrant; as well as more accessible.

It is worth noting that you may not achieve this state of mind with the first try. You have to keep on practicing until you get a good sense of what it feels like to fall back into this state of relaxation. After all, practice makes perfect – this is a never ending process of dedication and discipline.


 

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