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LA 077: SELAH! Take Charge of Your Brain Waves

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Encourage Every day you are busy. Emails fill your inbox, some of them might even matter. Your todo list gets ticked off... or not. You attend meetings, deal with clients, chat with the boss, communicate with colleagues, deal with crises, handle problems, worry about tomorrow, think about yesterday, fret over a sick child ... and the list goes on. If you are disciplined, you get to the gym or exercise at least 3 times a week and keep a wary eye on your diet, and make sure that you get enough rest at night. If you don't do these then you know that your body is more likely to break down. You know that you have to make time to look after your body and put in some effort. But do you look after your brain as well? Taking time to pause and meditate or be mindful is perhaps the most critical instrument to cultivate peak performance. You train your body to grow muscles and keep your weight in check. Well, taking time to pause, meditate or be mindful is like training your brain and taking control of the five types of brain waves so that you can be in charge of your life. Develop At the root of all your thinking, emotions and behaviours is the electrical and chemical communication between neurons inside your brain. And all that electrical activity is measured in the form of brainwaves. Brainwaves are grouped into five distinct categories, each associated with specific tasks and mental state. At our highest frequency we have gamma waves. These are associated with insight, peak focus, and expanded consciousness. If you are currently sharply concentrating on this new information, it'll be gamma waves that are helping you store this learning and associating it with existing knowledge and experience. A little slower in frequency and we have beta waves. This is the state you probably spend most of your active day especially in the urban jungle and our always-on society. Fabulously, beta waves allow us to concentrate hard on the task at hand and they are critical when we read, write and socialise but there is a cost in that beta waves can sap our energy and reduce emotional awareness and creativity. Once you get home and relax and reflect quietly your brain waves slow down to alpha waves. If you suffer from insomnia, anxiety or obsessive-compulsive symptoms you likely don't switch down to alpha and you need help. If on the other hand, you keep on socialising, watching fast-paced television or studying, you are keeping your brain in beta or even gamma state. And that's simply exhausting you. When you nod off into the world of dreaming, you experience theta waves. Interestingly, theta waves are also present when you are in that elusive, brilliant, effortless state often called being in the "flow" of peak performance. It's that autopilot type state you've been in when driving home on a familiar route, arriving home and wondering how you got there. It's in this state that many people get their flashes of insight or bursts of creativity. Lastly, we have delta waves which are associated with deep dreamless sleep. Some people can meditate themselves into this state whilst remaining alert and awake. These waves are the source of empathy, healing and regeneration - hence why deep restorative sleep is so essential to the healing process. Manipulating brainwaves The biggest issue for most people in this modern, always-on, hustle and busyness lifestyle is that we rarely make time to allow our brains to slow down. We get stressed and perhaps anxious, and the mind is whirring away at a fast pace zapping through energy and leaving the body exhausted. So how do we alter our brainwaves? Any process that changes your perception, changes your brain waves! Our brainwaves change according to what we are doing and how we are feeling. When slower brainwaves are dominant, we can feel tired, slow, sluggish or dreamy. When higher frequencies are prevalent, we feel wired, hyper or "buzzed". So, change what you are doing, and your brainwaves soon respond. It can take som

Welcome to joy at work with me, Dr John Sailor. Most powerful seven minutes of your day. There's a lot of scientific evidence. Now the show's dedicating just seven minutes of a day to one of the five activities. Pausing in your life or significantly improve your life. Every day you're busy. Emails Fill your inbox. Some of them might even matter. Your to do this...

...gets ticked off all not. You attend meetings, deal with clients, chapter the Bots, communicate with colleagues, deal with crises, have the problems, worry about tomorrow, things about yesterday, Fret over a sick child, and the list goes on. If you're disciplined, you get to the gym or exercise at least three times a week and be wary, iron your diet make sure that you get enough rest at night. If you don't do these, then you know that your body is more likely to break down. You know that you have to make time to look after your body and put in some effort, but do you look after your brain as well? Taking time to pause and meditate or be mindful is perhaps the most critical instrument to cultivate peak performance. You train your body to grow muscles and keep your weight in check,...

...well, taking time to pause, meditate or be mindful. He's like training your brain and taking control of the five types of brain waves so that you can be in charge of your life. How the root of all of your thinking, emotions and behaviors is the electrical and chemical communication between neurons inside your brain, and all the electrical activity is measured in the form of brain waves. Brain waves are grouped into five distinct categories, each associated with specific tasks and mental state. At the highest frequency, we have gamma waves.

These are associated with inside peak performance, peak focus and expanded consciousness. If you are currently sharply concentrating on this new information, it'll be Gallo waves that are helping you store this learning and associating it with existing knowledge and experience. A little slower in frequency and we have Beta waves. This is the state you probably spend most of your active day, especially the urban jungle, and how all these on society. Fabulously. Beta waves allow us to concentrate hard on tasks at hand and they are critical when we read, write and socialize. But there is a cost in the Beta waves can sap our energy and reduce the emotional awareness and creativity but once you get home and relax and reflect...

...quietly, your brain waves slow down to alpha. If you suffer from insomnia, anxiety or obsessive compulsive symptoms, you'd likely don't switch down to Welfa and you need help. If, on the other hand, you keep on socializing, watching fast paced television or studying, you are keeping your brain in Beter or even gamma stay, and that's just girner. Simply exhaust you. But when you nod off into the world of dreaming, you experience Thetas. Interestingly, feat waves are also present when you're in that usive, brilliant, effortless state often called being in the fallow of peak performance. It's that autopilot type...

...state you've been in when you've been driving home on a very familiar route. You will drive home and you wonder how you got there. It's in this state that many people get their flashes of insight or bursts of creativity. Lastly, we have Delta waves, which are associated with deep, dreamless sleep. Some people can meditate themselves into this state whilst remaining alert and awake. These waves are the source of empathy, healing and regeneration. Hence why deep, restorative sleep is so essential to the healing process. So how do we manipulate...

...our brain waves? The biggest issue for most people in this model, always on hustle and busy ness, lifestyle is that we rarely make time to allow our brains to slow down. We get stressed and perhaps anxious, and the mind is whirring way out a fast pace, zapping through energy and leaving the body exhausted. So how we alter our brainways? Any process that changes your perception changes your brain waves. How brainwaves change according to what we are doing and how we are feeling. When slower brainwaves are dominant, we can feel tired, slow, sluggish dreaming. When higher frequencies are prevalent, we feel you're wired, hyper or buzzed. So change what you are doing and your...

...brain waves soon respond. It can take some degree of effort to force yourself to job when you're feeling sluggish, but it will do the trick. Of course, chemical interventions such as medications or, read recreational drugs, are the most common methods we use to Olter brain function. Beat two blockers, for example, commonly used by people just like me with serious heart conditions. They slow the heart rate, reduce blood pressure and block crucial chemicals like Nora epiffering or a Bremmine, terrifically useful in the fight or flight response and in memory consolidation. Now this makes it difficult to lift brain waves into the high beata frequencies and tougher steel getting to the much higher Gama waves. But one thing...

...that everyone can do is choose to control their brain waves to a greater extent, since most people spend most of their waking time in beater Spain, what he truly needed is to biohack their brain and slow down their brains. That we can buy a back to get into gamma and you have two simple choices to start gaining control of your brain and hence your life, both of which, by the way, you've been doing since day zero. The first is the easy way and the second easy, the easy way. So let me introduce you to the easy way. First you ready, take one deep breath,...

...bring your full, complete, focused attention to your breathing for two minutes just to start. You'll get up to seven within the week. Become aware that you are breathing and then pay attention to the process of breathing and any time your attention wanders and it will just bring it back your breathing. So that's the easy way. You just take one deep breath, pay it all of your attention to that breath and the way you are breathing for initially two...

...minutes and eventually seven minutes. That was the easy way. Now there is the easy year way, and that is just pause. Find a quiet spot or plug in your headphones and tune into relaxing, restful, meditative music played softly. Sit without a gender for two minutes. Stare into space or close your eyes. Just remain awake but completely relaxed. Any moment your attention wanders or stops thinking about what you need to do, just wipe it away and go back to nothingness. So the easy year way. Just find yourself some...

...way quiet, sit down, close your eyes if you want, order stare into space this and simply relax. Pause then when you can still with two don't push yourself. This is tough winner and you can switch between the easy way breathing and the easy year way. She just pausing any time you wish. Hold on, John, you just said the most powerful seven minutes, and this is just about two minutes. He's is true. Research tells us that seven minutes is the sweet spot for her bitchly choosing to take control and...

...biohack power brain waves. Two minutes is just the easy starting point. You can either extend your practice of this by saying a minute each day until the end of the week. Or if you find more time just too difficult right now, then do three. Or for too many breaks throughout the day you can't do it for two minutes, you say. Okay, then just take one mindful deep b just the one, but if you can take it every time you are waiting for something or someone, waiting at the traffic light, waiting for your computer to start, waiting for a web page to the waiting in a queue. Just take one mindful deep now, if you want to...

...have some help with this, you might want to die deeply into meditational mindfuls. There are a whole bunch of resources in there. Want search inside yourself, by Chademat tap is, by the SYMAPLOREAN board, Google engineer's one. I can recommend your final link in the show notes. There are a bunch of acts out there that come recommended. My personal recommendation for what are called by normal beats is brain dot FM for Christian guided meditation. I like abide DOT Co. Others I've tried and found to be pretty good calm, very famous headspace. Those compete with calm. There's another one called stop, breathe...

...and think, and there's another symporeon made APP called mind fine. There are also wearables to assist you with your successful biohacking. As a writing. I've not yet tried any, which is unusual for me, but most appeared to be aimed at reducing stress or helping you sleep better. But the Muse and US headband looks particularly interesting as a possibility. So did you go about your day? Whenever you're waiting, you're thinking about anything and you want to just practice a little bit of mindfulness, a little bit of pausing, relaxing, allowing your brain and choosing to take control of your brain, just take one mindful, deep breath joy. Your work is a copyright production of Dr John...

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