Binaural Beats

What are binaural beats?

Consider this the cheats version of meditation. Sometimes you may be stressed but you just need a little help getting to calm and just need to zone out without the focus inherent in mindfulness. If you are lazy, this is your technique.

The Science

Scientists studying the brainwaves of experienced meditators discovered that they drop into lower frequency rates more easily (for lower read calmer).

With binaural beats a different tone track is sent to the left and right ears through headphones.

Upon hearing the two different frequencies (one in the left ear and one in the right), the brain interprets these two different frequencies as one consistent, rhythmic frequency, known as a binaural beat(s).

The resulting frequency that the brain interprets is the mathematical difference between the two frequencies of the left and right tones that were sent to the left and right ears.

The brain then follows along at this frequency.

In plain English, the track let’s you reach the same state of meditative calm as an experienced meditator.

Caution: this is not a long term solution, but does get you out of a spot if you need it


You will need: headphones, computer or phone

  1. Find somewhere quiet to relax where you won’t be disturbed for up to 30 minutes
  2. Pop your headphones in and listen to the following video by Sonic Yogi.

That’s it. Listen for at least 15 mins to get the full effect.

There are lots of similar videos out there, and a lot on the Insight Timer app. Some it is a bit woo woo. but the core idea of using sound to bring you to a state of calm really does work.

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