Binaural Beats

I had to look up what ‘binaural’ meant and the dictionary says, ‘recorded sound using two microphones and transmits separately to the two ears.’  So I suppose the theory is that the multiple sounds going into both ears activates different parts of the brain to simulate the areas one wants to work on.

Does it work?  I am listening to a recording now and I cannot say I feel any different.  If someone gets something out of this blog than it is certainly worth it.  I do find binaural beats to be nothing but a buzzing in the ears with nature sound in the background.  

There are plenty of YouTube channels offering these methods to relax, motivate, stimulate and enhance a number of aspects of one’s life.  Not my cup of tea but to each his/her own.  I admit to not giving it a fair trail.  Try it for yourselves and if it helps, carry on doing it.

Worry Free

Being without worry would, I suspect, send some people into a tizzy.  Anxiety has become so much of who we are that living without it would feel uncomfortable, at best; devastating, at worst.

Yet, nearly all worriers have a desire to be peaceful.  So why is it that while wanting peace, being without the apprehension would throw us off so much?  Just because the habit of worrying has been so ingrained into who we are, it seems that letting it go is too scary and worse, it is distressing.

The best way to grow is to leave the comfort zone.  Quiet the mind, take a leap and remember that everything works out for your benefit.  It’s all good, no need to fret.

Habits

After reading Steven Covey’s ‘7 Habits of Highly Effective People’ I came to understand the usefulness of creating empowering habits.  They (the experts) say it takes a month to create a new habit.  Sometimes, I think, it takes much longer.  It is too easy to forget or lose a habit simply by not following through one time and all the work comes to naught as it does not get picked up again.

When a new, positive habit is formed and it sticks, it is most rewarding.  The trick to keeping a habit and even helping with the forming of said habit is, like all things, the person’s desire and attitude to see it through.  Good habits, bad habits, they all can be mastered so long as the one dealing with these changes wants to create something better.

The book was not so helpful regarding the specifics that highly effective people perform as I possessed most of those habits and am anything but ‘highly effective’.  Unless I misunderstand what that means?  Good habits and routines do help get much done throughout the day, months and even years.  So definitely worth a go.  Read the book, get behind the habits that appeal to you and your life may improve leaps and bounds.

No Mind

No mind is something both Eckhart Tolle and Andy Shaw (among others) teach.  It is the method whereby you clear your mind.  Thinking no thoughts whatsoever.  It seems like an impossibility as the brain seldom ceases to form pictures, rerun life experiences and it constantly churns.  It is a bit like asking a shark to stop swimming.  They have to keep moving in order to breathe.

Our minds do not even stop while asleep.  Dreams being the proof of that.  So is it possible to shut it down without being dead?  There are times while staring  into space where one would think a ‘no mind’ trance is being  conducted.  Yet that is the paralyzing time when all kinds of thoughts stream into consciousness.

I believe ‘no mind’ to be available to all.  It is a practice that can be built up slowly but it can be done.  Making the effort is up to the individual.  The outcome may be clearer thoughts, faster recovery time, and more creativity.  I intend to reap these benefits.

The Engineer’s Child

My Dad was a professional engineer (he passed away in 2010) and being the type (as are all engineers) to want to take things apart, I never thought we had much in common.  There were similar traits such as sense of humour and a love of books but as he was into science and maths I always assumed we would never have a meeting of the minds.

Only the other day it was pointed out to me that engineer’s like to figure out how things work.  I knew this, of course, as my Dad was constantly tinkering with something or other.  I never made the connection between his love of knowing how material things work and my love of figuring out how the mind works.  The principles are the same.  The research, the book learning and the trail and error experiments; all of it are what come naturally.

So, thanks Dad for the curious mind.

Carl Harvey’s The Big Life

In my search for self improvement I stumbled on a YouTube video about visualization featuring Carl Harvey.  Had no idea who he was or what he was about.  Following his instructions on visualizing a better future, seeing myself living a fabulous life became a little easier.

Now, this method is not easy for me to keep doing but I appreciate the concept.  Carl Harvey was a real find though.

He has a show ‘The Big Life’ and website of the same name.  Some of the shows are free on Google for a limited time.  There is something engaging about this young man that is enjoyable to watch.  He comes across as genuinely wanting to help.

Being a kindred spirit for all things self-help I have found many different people and methods through watching this show. I do not like to miss it.  Check it out.

Holidays

It is Victoria Day in Canada.  The first long weekend of the summer.  Traditionally it is the weekend when anyone with a cottage goes to open it up for the summer.

As I do not have such a thing, I do what I love to do.  Read.  I have just started ‘The Code of the Extraordinary Mind’ by Vishen Lakhiani.  So far, so good.

So, while I may take a break tonight to watch some fireworks, for the most part you will find me with my face stuck in a book.  Bliss!