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More Lucid Dreams Than Ever

Instagram user crystalsandchocolate said nice things about me and my album Solfeggio Suite, she even said that I completely changed her life, but of course that’s not how it works: by practicing meditation before going to bed she changed her own life. Meditation is a discipline and should be practiced regularly.

Also, she touches on a point I maybe don’t make very often: meditating before you go to bed while listening to binaural beats can dramatically change your dream experience. If you don’t believe me, check out Deltadream. 😉

Video: Splendor (432Hz Heart Chakra Meditation)

Splendor is an experiment; another modality in which each track is tuned to a chakra in accordance to a 432Hz tuning system. Embedded within each track are four bands of deep meditation brainwave audio, also tuned in accordance to the same 432Hz tuning system. For best results use headphones.

Amazon | Apple Music | Google Play | iTunes | My Store (Powered by Bandcamp) | Spotify | Tidal


WARNING: This music contains audio brainwave entrainment technologies. People who are subject to seizures, auditory disorders, or adverse mental conditions should not listen to this music without first consulting a physician. DO NOT listen to this music while driving, operating heavy machinery, or performing any other activities that require focused attention. Although binaural beats entrainment audio may contribute to wellness, it is not intended as a replacement for medical or psychological treatment. No medical claims are intended express or implied. No statements made have been evaluated or approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. For best results, use stereo headphones or earbuds.

It’s Official: MP3 is Dead

NPR is reporting that The Fraunhofer Institute, originators of the now ubiquitous MP3 format, have announced that its “licensing program for certain MP3 related patents and software of Technicolor and Fraunhofer IIS has been terminated”.

Bernhard Grill, director of that Fraunhofer division, said that another audio format, AAC, which the organization also helped to create, is replacing the MP3, such is the popularity of platforms such as iTunes, and is now the “standard for music download and videos on mobile phones,” adding that it is “more efficient than MP3 and offers a lot more functionality”. Streaming services, meanwhile, are turning to ‘Master Quality Authenticated’ files.

So is it the end of an era? We may still use MP3s, but when the people who spent the better part of a decade creating it say the jig is up, we should probably start paying attention. AAC is indeed much better — it’s the default setting for bringing CDs into iTunes now — and other formats are even better than it, though they also take up mountains of space on our hard drives.

And it’s not just that more efficient and complete ways of storing music have been developed. There was a deeper problem. The engineers who developed the MP3 were working with incomplete information about how our brains process sonic information, and so the MP3 itself was working on false assumptions about how holistically we hear. As psychoacoustic research has evolved, so has the technology that we use to listen. New audio formats and products, with richer information and that better address mobile music streaming, are arriving.


MP3 is dead, long live AAC
The MP3 Format Is Dead, Apparently

Video: Regenerate by J.S. Epperson

Regenerate is a regenerative healing field tuned to encourage the health and well being of the mind, body, and spirit. And it now has a video re-iterating the ingredients that make the Regenerate special sauce so tasty.

Amazon | Apple Music | Google Play | iTunes | My Store (Powered by Bandcamp) | Spotify | Tidal


WARNING: This music contains audio brainwave entrainment technologies. People who are subject to seizures, auditory disorders, or adverse mental conditions should not listen to this music without first consulting a physician. DO NOT listen to this music while driving, operating heavy machinery, or performing any other activities that require focused attention. Although binaural beats entrainment audio may contribute to wellness, it is not intended as a replacement for medical or psychological treatment. No medical claims are intended express or implied. No statements made have been evaluated or approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. For best results, use stereo headphones or earbuds.

Cover photo by DownTownApocalypse via Public Domain Dedication License

Researchers Find Genetic Changes After Relaxation Practice


Health and well-being is about more than drugs and surgeries; it’s also about yoga, meditation, and other practices that involve conscious relaxation reduce stress.

I came across a this 2013 research showing that the relaxation response — a state of deep rest attained through breathing, meditation, yoga and other practices — triggers changes in gene expression that can affect the body’s immune function, energy metabolism and insulin secretion.

Subjects of these tests were guided through an practiced relaxation sequence, including diaphragmatic breathing, progressive relaxation technique called “body scanning”, mantra repetition, and mindfulness meditation, while passively ignoring intrusive thoughts. A 20-minute audio CD that guided listeners through this same sequence was given to the subjects to listen at home once a day.

Here are some of the results highlights:

  • Practiced relaxation leads to changes in genes linked to overall health and immune response
  • Practiced relaxation leads to changes in short-term and long-term patterns linked to regulation of cell differentiation, cell adhesion, cell communication and transport, hormone stimulus, blood pressure, cAMP, metabolic processes, biological oxidation, and oxidoreductase activity
  • Practiced relaxation progressively affected energy metabolism and inflammation
  • Practiced relaxation (long term) leads to changes associated with immune response such as antigen processing, receptor signaling, and more
  • Practiced relaxation (long term) leads to changes associated with immune response such as antigen processing, receptor signaling, and more
  • Practiced relaxation leads to changes linked to energy production in mitochondria response, including glucose regulation
  • Practiced relaxation leads to improvements in DNA stability, recombination and repair

RESOURCES: Relaxation Response Induces Temporal Transcriptome Changes in Energy Metabolism, Insulin Secretion and Inflammatory Pathways, Published: May 1, 2013 by Manoj K. Bhasin, Jeffery A. Dusek, Bei-Hung Chang, Marie G. Joseph, John W. Denninger, Gregory L. Fricchione, Herbert Benson, Towia A. Libermann

Photo by AJ Schroetlin via Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic

Music Listening and Brain Response Synchronization

And argument in favor of Hemispheric-Synchronization?

tl;dr: wreck music, become distracted and fall out of synchronization…

…music synchronizes brain responses across listeners in bilateral auditory midbrain and thalamus, primary auditory and auditory association cortex, right-lateralized structures in frontal and parietal cortex, and motor planning regions of the brain.

…the great consistency of these patterns of activity across subjects, facilitated by ISS analysis, strongly suggests that these brain regions track aspects of musical structure across time that represent functionally important regions for the processing of naturalistic musical stimuli.

Our study provides new information regarding inter-subject brain synchronization in response to natural stimuli. Our results show that inter-subject synchronization occurs at multiple levels in the information processing hierarchy – from sub-cortical and cortical auditory structures to fronto-parietal attention network and motor planning areas. Importantly, we show for the first time that this diverse collection of auditory and supra-auditory brain structures tracks aspects of musical structure over extended periods of time. More generally, our findings demonstrate that music listening elicits consistent and reliable patterns of time-locked brain activity in response to naturalistic stimuli that extends well beyond primary sensory cortices (Hasson et al., 2004; Wilson et al., 2008), and that synchronization is not driven solely by low-level acoustical cues. These signatures of synchronized brain activity across individuals in multiple hierarchically structured systems may underlie shared neural representations that facilitate our collective social capacity for listening and attending to music.

Inter-subject synchronization of brain responses during natural music listening, 11 April 2013, DOI: 10.1111/ejn.12173, Daniel A. Abrams, Srikanth Ryali, Tianwen Chen, Parag Chordia, Amirah Khouzam, Daniel J. Levitin, Vinod Menon.

Photo by Roger Mommaerts via Public Domain Dedication License

2017 Kabbalistic Numerology Seminar with Dr. Theresa Bullard

Kabbalah is the ancient heart of Jewish mysticism; a deeply profound philosophy of life. Kabbalah is not a religion, it is rather a highly complex map of life, a key to this world and all the other worlds that are said to lie beyond our own. As I’ve said previously, I don’t know much about it — I haven’t invested the years required to fully grasp the complexities and nuances of Kabbalah — however my colleague Dr. Theresa Bullard has spent years immersing herself in the subject.

I watched her 2016 Kabbalastic forecast back in January 2016 and her emphasis on themes rather than predictions appeals to me. I also found that her interpretation of themes stayed with me throughout the year and, as it happens, her ideas about the culture at large were born out.

Dr. Bullard’s 2017 Kabbalistic Numerology Seminar was presented in January at the Mysterium Center.

To learn more about my work with Theresa, check out our guided meditations, each is more inspiring to me than the next: Connecting To The Gap, Into The Gap, Creative Alchemy and Quantum Insight.

2017 Kabbalistic Numerology Seminar part I

What was up with 2016? What was it trying to teach us? How can we learn from it so that we can move forward in a better way for the coming years? Check out this video from Theresa Bullard’s Kabbalistic Numerology Seminar to find out.

2017 Kabbalistic Numerology Seminar part II

This PART 2 video covers an introduction to the Tarot Tableau, the 231 Gates Kabbalistic Wheel, and Dr. Bullard’s own creative leap of linking these two things as a tool for gaining insight into global numerological cycles and the key archetypes that govern each year.

2017 Kabbalistic Numerology Seminar part III

This PART 3 video covers a retrospective review of what happened in 2016 and how the events were aligned with the archetypal of the year, which was the Tower Key. What was 2016 trying to teach us? What should we reflect upon to learn its lessons, both in our own lives as well as in the world? How do the themes shift between 2016 to 2017? Watch to find out the answers to these questions.

2017 Kabbalistic Numerology Seminar part IV

This one covers the main archetype for 2017, its key lessons, gifts, pitfalls, and how to make the most of this energy. What should we be turning our focus towards? Where is the light to be found in these tumultuous times? Watch to find out the answers to these questions.

2017 Kabbalistic Numerology Seminar part V

Tune-in for an informative seminar with kabbalist, scientist, author and international instructor for the Modern Mystery School, Theresa Bullard, Ph.D. Back by popular demand, this seminar reveals helpful guidelines from Kabbalistic Numerology on the cycles of change we have been in since the New Millennium, and what is in store for the new year.

2017 Kabbalistic Numerology Seminar part VI

Here is the final video in Theresa Bullard’s Kabbalistic Numerology Forecast for 2017. In Part 6 she pulls it all together and unveil the true shift and core messages of 2017

Pink Noise Synced to Brain Waves Deepens Sleep and Boosts Memory

It seems that noise, even without binaural beats, is good for your brain. A recent study showed that adults over age sixty could listen to pink noise synced to 1Hz brain waves deepens sleep and boosts memory. These same low-frequency Delta patterns appear in all of my sleep music.

Gentle sound stimulation—such as the rush of a waterfall—synchronized to the rhythm of brain waves significantly enhanced deep sleep in older adults and improved their ability to recall words, reports a new Northwestern Medicine study.

Deep sleep is critical for memory consolidation. But beginning in middle age, deep sleep decreases substantially, which scientists believe contributes to memory loss in aging.

[…]

After the sound stimulation, the older participants’ slow waves increased during sleep.


Pink noise synced to brain waves deepens sleep and boosts memory in older adults
Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 1.940 (2011)

What We Lost When We Lost Our Hymnals

Even though I’m not much of a Church guy, I’m glad that I was raised in one. I loved singing with my family in the big sanctuary and deciphering those little black dots in the hymnal: it stirred in me a life-long interest in music and for that, I am grateful.

As the world becomes increasingly musically illiterate, I read Tim Challies’ post What We Lost When We Lost Our Hymnals with a great deal of interest.

Anyway…


Photo credit: Hymnal by Paul Sableman

Psychedelics and Music Heal Depression?

Psychedelic drugs are poised to be the next major breakthrough in mental health care. — Scientific American, August 2014

Dutch postdoctoral neuroscientist Mendel Kaelen is presenting his research in a talk called The Psychological and Neurophysiological Effects of Music in Combination with Psychedelics at Psychedelic Science 2017, a six-day international gathering in Oakland, California.

One of the most common artists on his playlists is British producer, composer and artist Brian Eno.

In an email, Eno said that when he started creating his ambient songs in the 1970s, he was “very consciously making a music which didn’t carry a ‘personality’ with it.”

“I wanted to make a kind of music which didn’t make you think of another human doing something—but instead made you think of something like a landscape or a climate or a place,” he said. “My thinking was that by leaving the human out of the music I would invite people to enjoy a freer ‘ramble’ through the musical space, because it comes without somebody else’s emotional baggage.”

Eno said he has “very little experience of psychedelic drugs,” but was fascinated to learn about Kaelen’s research. The two plan to work together on projects tracking the interactions between art, music and the brain, he said.

More information: Music helps hallucinogens heal minds, scientist finds By April M. Short, April 19, 2017, sfchronicle.com

Deep Sleep Meditation by Renee Rotkopf

Here is a great guided meditation to help you go to sleep by Renee Rotkopf of Soul & Being Meditation. She is a self described “explorer of the psyche, stars and everything in between” and in addition to finding her work on SoundCloud and the Insight Timer App, you can visit her homepage at soulandbrand.com

Renee Rotkopf’s background in Integrative Hypnosis and Spiritual Psychology is evident to me in every word she speaks. Renee creates a safe and nurturing space, allowing listeners to explore meditations rich in symbolism. Renee Rotkopf’s guided meditations are a gift to anyone who truly wishes to activate their intention.

Drift off to sleep with this deeply relaxing journey that speaks directly to your unconscious mind, as you float with the wisdom of the whales.

Also check out Renee’s Balloon Breath, a great meditation for children.

Solfeggio Frequencies

I first heard of the Solfeggio Frequencies about ten years ago when I read Forgotten In Time: The Ancient Solfeggio Frequencies, an article so strangely specific that I thought I would create some music based on these frequencies. And for the record, I’ve found the process to be rewarding and I appreciate the enduring (and strong!) response to the work.

As someone with a deeply skeptical world view, I’m leery of anecdotal evidence; but as an artist, I believe in mystery and I accept the that there are some experiences that cannot be quantified by data. Maintaining the balance between these two perspectives is sometimes tricky, especially in an era of fact checking, fake news, and truthiness.

And therein lies the fly in the ointment: there is no scientific evidence — none that I’m aware of, anyway — supporting the effectiveness of the Solfeggio Frequencies. Nevertheless, listeners relate to me the most inspiring stories of healing and transformation that I can only marvel at the apparent miracle of it. I don’t know what’s a work here: maybe soothing music facilitates healing, maybe binaural beats are helping relax, maybe it’s a placebo effect, or maybe all of these factors combine to reinforce the benefits of medical treatment. Whatever. One thing of which I’m certain is that the Solfeggio Frequencies defy credibility, even though listeners who engage with my music tell me of profound experiences they had while listening to them. I’m willing to have it both ways.

What Are The Solfeggio Frequencies?


The Solfeggio frequencies are a 6-tone musical scale. The syllables used to sing this scale are derived from the Latin hymn Ut queant laxis, also known as The Hymn of John The Baptist. In his book Healing Codes for the Biological Apocalypse, author Leonard Horowitz says that it was “revealed” to him that each syllable in this scale relates to a specific pitch and these pitches, or frequencies, each have an associated healing quality.

The Solfeggio Frequencies

396 Hz – UT – Liberating Guilt and Fear
417 Hz – RE – Undoing Situations and Facilitating Change
528 Hz – MI – Transformation and Miracles (DNA Repair)
639 Hz – FA – Connecting/Relationships
741 Hz – SOL – Awakening Intuition
852 Hz – LA – Returning to Spiritual Order

Not only are the healing qualities listed above vague and unspecific, but the origin of the Solfeggio Frequencies is wrong: the syllables are ancient, yes, but the manner in which these frequencies were “revealed” to Horowitz is dubious. Mysticism aside, the tools required to accurately measure frequency are modern innovations: I am curious how “the ancients” identified and reproduced these frequencies so reliably. Anyway, if I were to guess where the revelation came from, I would guess that Kabbala was somehow involved, if only because Kabbala has a strong mathematical component. Also, Kabbala is something about which I know nothing.

None of my reservations prevents me from trying the Solfeggio Frequencies myself, of course. I’ve used Solfeggio Frequencies on a number of projects: Deltadream (396 Hz), Hibernation (417 Hz), Aurora (528 Hz) are each based on a single Solfeggio Frequency while Solfeggio Suite and Solfeggio Cycle feature all Solfeggio Frequencies.

Musical Notes of the Solfeggio Frequencies

It must be said that, as a scale, the Solfeggio Frequencies sound terrible. The notes cover more than an octave and are not harmonic and sound unpleasant. Here are the Solfeggio Frequencies as they relate to nearest musical notes:

396 Hz – G4
417 Hz – G#4
528 Hz – C5
639 Hz – Eb5 ~ E5
741 Hz – F#5
852 Hz – Ab5 ~ A5

As you can see, two of the frequencies — 639 Hz and 852 Hz — are so far from any note in the Western Temperament that I can’t even guess which note they most resemble: they’re almost in the middle, the notes between the notes.

Listen To Solfeggio Frequencies





Additional Reading

Alpha, Theta, Delta: When To Listen To Binaural Beats

So this guy Miguel sent me an email asking me if I could give him a few tips about listening to binaural beats music like Deltadream, Transformation and Surf Series so I posted Binaural Beats Meditation Tips. Later, I wondered if that’s the information that he was looking for. While I gave a few pointers about how to meditate with binaural beats, I did not give him an idea of when he should use certain binaural beats brainwaves. So…

Beta: Waking Consciousness and Reasoning

Beta brain waves fall with the range of 12 to 40Hz and are associated with normal waking consciousness and a heightened state of alertness, logic and critical reasoning. Listen to Low frequency Beta binaural beats, usually in the range of 12 to 16Hz, when you are studying or seeking a focused, introverted type of concentration. High Beta, usually from 16Hz to about 40Hz, are associated with the fight-or-flight response and can translate into stress, anxiety and restlessness. High Beta can also be useful for working out, by the way: Why music boosts your exercise sessions

Here is a list of my Beta concentration music…

Alpha: Relaxation and the Subconscious Mind

Alpha brain waves fall with the range of 8 to 12Hz and are present during deep relaxation, usually when the eyes are closed. You experience Alpha when you’re slipping into a daydream or shortly after closing your eyes. Listen to Alpha binaural beats is an optimal time to program the mind for success and it also heightens your imagination, visualization, memory, learning and concentration. It is the gateway to your subconscious mind and lies at the base of your conscious awareness. The voice of Alpha is your intuition, which becomes clearer and more profound the deeper you go into Alpha.

While a great deal of my work includes some degree of Alpha brainwaves, the only pieces to rely exclusively on Alpha is Alpha Surf from the Surf Series of binaural beats.

Theta: Deep Meditation and the Unconscious Mind

Theta brain waves are present during deep meditation and light sleep, including the all-important REM dream state. Theta brain waves fall with the range of 4-8Hz It is the realm of your subconsciousness and only experienced momentarily as you drift off to sleep from Alpha and wake from deep Delta sleep. It is said that a sense of deep spiritual connection and unity with the universe can be experienced at Theta. Your mind’s most deep-seated programs are at Theta and it is where you experience vivid visualizations, great inspiration, profound creativity and exceptional insight. Unlike your other brain waves, the elusive voice of Theta is a silent voice.

Here is a list of my Theta meditation music…

Delta: Deep Sleep

The Delta frequency range is from 0.5 to 4Hz and is the slowest of the brainwave frequencies. You experience Delta during deep, dreamless sleep. Delta is when your conscious mind is completely detached. Delta is also accessible in very deep, transcendental meditation where awareness is fully detached. Delta is the realm of your unconscious. Deep Delta sleep is a vital component of the the healing process — as it’s linked with deep healing and regeneration.

Here is a list of my Delta sleep music…

Links

Learn more about Deltadream, Surf Series, and Transformation.

Free Meditation Course: Do You Meditate?

Photo by Timothy Vogel https://www.flickr.com/photos/vogelium/5830692551/

Do You Meditate is a free, one week course by Jeremy Peters that promises a no-nonsense meditation program free from religious dogma and new-age-nonsense.

SIGN UP. OR NOT.

One of the things I like about this course is that you can pretty much start right away. Either sign up for the course with your email and receive daily lessons or just click through the days at your own pace: the emphasis here is practicing meditation. I signed up for the email course because I like a daily reminder, and I found that his prompts are timely and concise, his list seems well managed, and he comes across as conscientious and respectful.

THE PROGRAM

Each exercise is approximately seven to twelve minutes, with the meditations getting progressively longer with each day. While each daily lesson is informative, I never feel like the program is didactic: I appreciate the concise nature of each lesson.

Each meditation is accompanied by an excerpt of Surf Series, a special audio program featuring the sound of gentle ocean surf enhanced with binaural beats, an audio brainwave technology that can help you achieve deeper and more relaxing states of meditation.

Day 1 – Getting Started
Day 2 – Physical Sensations
Day 3 – Thoughts and Posture
Day 4 – Emotions
Day 5 – Distracting Thoughts
Day 6 – The Sea
Day 7 – The Present

Meditation is not difficult: the important thing is practice, and this is where Do You Meditate shines: it is an excellent introduction to the basics of meditation and is perfectly structured for the first time meditator. If you are intimidated by the process of meditation or you are concerned that you cannot find the time to do it, then Do You Meditate is for you: it is a great way to become comfortable with the discipline of meditation.


Photo Credit: Meditate by Timothy Vogel

WARNING: The music featured on Do You Meditate is from Surf Series and contains audio brainwave entrainment technologies. People who are subject to seizures, auditory disorders, or adverse mental conditions should not listen to this music without first consulting a physician. DO NOT listen to this music while driving, operating heavy machinery, or performing any other activities that require focused attention. Although binaural beats entrainment audio may contribute to wellness, it is not intended as a replacement for medical or psychological treatment. No medical claims are intended express or implied. No statements made have been evaluated or approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. For best results, use stereo headphones or earbuds.

Binaural Beats: Spotify vs. Tidal

After experiencing the most dreary winter of my life cooped up in my apartment, it is finally Spring! I’m outside a lot lately, and I’m taking my Spotify playlists with me. While it’s exhilarating to be outside again, I’ve noticed that the more time I spent listening to Spotify, the more I felt like something was missing. In fact I became so convinced that I was experiencing a quality issue, I decided to compare Spotify and Tidal using my own meditation music as a test subject. (I uploaded the same master to each service and they should sound the same.)

My unsurprising conclusion: Tidal’s lossless streaming is better than Spotify’s lossy streaming.

Based on how Spotify describes their quality settings here, I assumed the higher quality audio reserved for premium Spotify subscribers would be indistinguishable from a lossless format. It wasn’t. The differences in the perceived quality between Spotify and Tidal using the default settings were easy for me to distinguish: enough to convince me to switch from Spotify Premium to Tidal, in fact.

I ran a comparative listening test between lossless versions of a few of my albums, notably Illumination, which is notoriously difficult to compress due to it’s high frequency content and wide dynamic range, and Regenerate, which is built around some subtle but substantial stereo imaging and spectral gymnastics. I compared the master recording in my archives to the streaming versions of the albums on Spotify and Tidal. I was honestly surprised to discover just how much better the lossless streaming from Tidal actually is.

Here’s What I Noticed About Tidal

  • The stereo imaging was better on Tidal
  • The frequency response was better on Tidal
  • The audio seemed cleaner on Tidal (Perhaps related to aliasing)
  • The dynamic range seemed better on Tidal

So… once my trial period is over, I’m switching my paid subscription to Tidal. I’ve added direct links to my albums on my music pages and I’m so impressed by my subjective tests that I even separated out the links between Lossy and Lossless providers.

Out Of Body Playlist

I had an interesting exchange of emails lately with David, who informed me that he had been listening to my binaural beats meditation music not only for meditating, but also for stimulating Out Of Body Experiences (OOBE).

Using just his mobile phone and a couple of my binaural beats tracks, he says he goes to sleep at a normal hour. He wakes up after a few hours, puts in his earbuds, and sets his phone to run the following playlist:

  1. Higher
  2. Ascension
  3. Aurora
  4. Ambient Drone
  5. Liminal I (Connecting To The Gap)
  6. Solfeggio Suite

While he listens to his playlist, he relaxes and clears his mind, allowing himself to re-enter the dream state. Although he’s normally laying on his back to have an out of body experience, he says that he has also achieved OOBE while lying on his side. At some point, he says he becomes conscious and then has what he describes as a full Out of Body Experience.

I’ve recreated David’s OOBE playlist on Spotify, but you can find these tracks on other platforms and recreate the playlist yourself.

Here’s an excerpt of one of his emails that I found particularly interesting:

But the interesting story is that for a while the OOBEs weren’t coming. One particular night I had been playing your music for 4-5 hours while sleeping. I woke up and my nose felt itchy, so I lifted my finger to rub it, but I kept missing! For a solid 30 seconds I couldn’t touch my nose! I was too low and out by about 2-3 inches. It was like my body mapping was misconfigured for a moment. I had to fully wake myself up and figure out what was going on, then it went back to normal. Thank you for your creations!

Spotify is Testing Lossless Audio

Spotify is testing a new lossless audio streaming option called Spotify Hi-Fi. Although I haven’t tested Spotify Hi Fi, I can for sure tell the difference between other lossless formats and low bit-rate MP3s.

30 Benefits Of Meditation

This is a guest post by Do You Meditate?


Here are 30 Benefits of Meditation, each lifted from peer-reviewed evidence presented in academic journals, highlighting some of the meditation benefits:

  1. Meditation helps keep the brain young. Participants in a meditation study who had been practicing meditation for 20 years had more grey matter (more brain cells) than those who hadn’t meditated.1
  2. Mindfulness training improves test scores. After a two week training in meditation, GRE test-takers showed a reduction in mind wandering and an increase in score equal to 16 percentile points.2
  3. Decrease your stress and increase your forgiveness of others through meditating. After 90 minutes of weekly meditation for 8 weeks, people experience more forgiveness and decreased rumination.3
  4. Enjoy music on a deeper level. After meditation, people have an increased ability to focus on music and experience a more heightened and positive listening of the music.4
  5. Meditation is better than morphine in reducing pain. After four weeks of meditation training at 20 minutes of pain, patients found that meditation decreases pain intensity by 40% and pain unpleasantness by 57% while morphine only typically reduces pain by 25%.5
  6. Become more relaxed in social situations. Researchers found that meditation increases psychological flexibility and decreases social anxiety.6
  7. Want to quit smoking? Studies show that mindfulness training is more effective than other programs at helping smokers quit and then maintaining it. In fact, two years after a study on the benefits of mediation on smoking cessation, 51% of participants still refrained from smoking compared to the 21% of those who had not taken part of the meditation practice.7
  8. Lower high blood pressure by meditating. Students formerly at-risk of hypertension witnessed a major change in blood pressure already after a few months of meditating. These changes were associated with a 52% lower risk of developing hypertension later in their life.8
  9. Another study showed that only meditation, out of efforts like biofeedback, stress management, and progressive muscle relaxation, was able to reduce blood pressure (-5/2.8 mm Hg).9
  10. Reduce your risk of serious health problems. People who meditate are 48% less likely to suffer a heart attack, stroke, or die than people with the same health conditions.10
  11. Lose weight! Meditation can help people reduce obesity-related eating behaviors, specifically binge eating, emotional eating, and external eating.11 In addition, after eight weeks of mediation, people showed increased energy metabolization, meaning the body is able to metabolize nutrients into food faster.12
  12. Get a better night’s sleep with meditation. People taking part in meditation reported an increase in sleep quality of 20%.13
  13. Feel less lonely. Studies done on elderly patients showed a remarked decrease in loneliness after eight weeks of mindfulness practice.14
  14. Meditation decreases inflammation at the molecular level. After 8 weeks of meditation training, researchers detected reduced expression of histone genes and pro-inflammatory genes in meditators.15
  15. Boost your immune system and stay healthier. Studies show that after just eight weeks of mindfulness meditation, there is a boost to the autoimmune system and brain function.16
  16. Meditation helps you multitask better. After an eight-week meditation training, workers felt less stressed multi-tasking, switched tasks less often, and remained focused on tasks longer.17
  17. Reduce stress! Meditation affects stress through reducing cortisol, an agent responsible for stress.18
  18. Feel more enjoyment and accomplishment at work. Studies show a strong relationship between meditation practice and success at work, including subjective job performance, work engagement, and job satisfaction.19
  19. Spend less time and less money at the doctor. Researchers have found that people beginning meditation or yoga use 43% fewer medical services than the previous year, saving on average of $2,360 per person in emergency visits alone. Mediation program can translate into savings of anywhere from $64 to as much as $25,500 per patient a year.20
  20. Get smarter. Tests done on students have shown that meditation increases creativity, practical intelligence, and fluid intelligence.21
  21. Meditation helps keep kids in school and stay out of trouble. Other benefits of meditation for students include lower absenteeism and a decrease in rule infractions.22
  22. Have more positive emotions. Meditators are able to produce five times more gamma brainwaves, which are associated with happiness and positive emotions.23
  23. Be happier in your relationship with your significant other through meditation. In a study, women who meditate to have higher marital satisfaction than women who don’t.24
  24. Pregnancy can be better through meditation. Studies say that mindfulness practices reduce the chance that women can get depressed during or after pregnancy.25
  25. Meditation makes you stronger against pain. As compared to non-mediators, practitioners of meditation began to feel thermal pain at higher temperatures.26
  26. Meditation helps with rapid memory recall and the ability to incorporate new facts. After just 8 weeks of mediating, new meditators showed a marked change in their daily brain function.27
  27. After only four sessions, new meditators were able to have higher executive brain functioning and visuals-spatial processing.28
  28. Meditation helps you prepare for stressful events. If meditation is done right before the occurence, the stress of the event is substantially minimalized.29
  29. Meditation helps decrease racial and age bias. In a study, only 10 minutes of meditation decreased pre-conceptions about others and reduced bias against other groups.30
  30. Continue reading 30 Benefits Of Meditation

What Are Binaural Beats?

What Are Binaural Beats?

The lowest frequency that you can hear is about 20Hz, yet some of the most powerful brainwave frequencies that you can experience are often much lower than this threshold. By listening to brainwave audio technologies like binaural beats, you can “trick” your ears into hearing these otherwise inaccessible frequencies. As you listen to brainwave audio technologies, your brain follows the sound patterns and creates the corresponding brainwave frequencies in a natural process called the Frequency Following Response. These brainwave frequencies can help you meditate faster, sleep deeper, and improve focus and concentration.

The most commonly known audio brainwave technology is called a binaural beat, which is perceived by the cortical areas of the brain as a “beating sound”. This occurs when slightly different tones are played at the same time. For example, when an engineer plays a frequency of 300Hz in the right channel, and a 304Hz frequency in the left channel, the brain will perceive a third frequency at 4Hz, which is the beat frequency. The listener then slips into a Frequency Following Response, in which the brainwave patterns of the listener’s brain follow and match the beat frequency.

Binaural Beat Audio Example

Here is a short audio example of that exact scenario: 3 seconds of a 300Hz tone in the right channel, followed by 3 seconds of a 304Hz tone in the left channel, and finally a combined signal with both tones which produce a 4Hz binaural beat frequency. Listen: you can hear the fluttering if you wear headphones:

Solfeggio Cycle vs. Solfeggio Suite

What is the difference between Solfeggio Suite (2009) and Solfeggio Cycle (2016)?

Shared Qualities

  • For both projects, Solfeggio frequencies are the basis of the music
  • For both projects, Solfeggio frequencies are the basis of the carrier frequencies

Differences

  • The music is different
  • The binaural beats are different

Subjective Stuff

Solfeggio Suite has more of a drone quality, and the consensus of feedback indicates that it makes for an easier meditation. Solfeggio Cycle is more melodic in nature, making it an easier listen, but maybe a more challenging meditation. Your results may vary.

Testimonials

This is my kind of music. Just cycle it all day. I don’t mind sleeping with that. Favorite track: Embrace (852 Hz).

– N. Taranenko, Solfeggio Cycle, Bandcamp

You can get lost in this tune. There are parts where I can feel the tune breathing that is how deep this is. Favorite track: Connect (639 Hz).

– P. McHugh, Solfeggio Cycle, Bandcamp

I love the journey this collection takes the listener on, from earth energies all the way to what I can only describe as “angelic”- dimensional frequencies! I can listen while doing “mindless” tasks, as I go to sleep, or take an amazing energy-voyage while relaxing. Love it!

– Solfeggio Suite, Amazon Customer

Excellent musical rendition of the solfeggio tones. I have other recordings by J.S.Epperson with the binaural beats (Monroe Institute Music) and all are perfect for listening while in meditation. I cannot vouch for the effect of the tones other than they are comforting while meditating or resting.

– Solfeggio Suite, Amazon Customer

I find these tracks very helpful for periods of short, informal meditation. I have listened to binaural beat tracks before but this was my first experience with Solfeggio tones, which adds another dimension of peace to the experience. The music on most of the tracks is truly soothing and pleasant; it may also be useful in calming you down when you are stressed and helping you to sleep at night.

– Solfeggio Suite, Amazon Customer

This is an excellent album of Solfeggio tones; the ancient 6-tone scale reputed to heal, repair, renew DNA. Working from the cellular level these tones vitalize our Being.

– Solfeggio Suite, Amazon Customer