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Mindfulness

The ability to be fully present.

Mindfulness image of a face made of stars

Mindfulness is a journey.

Although may seem awkward a section like this in a website like mine it is very related to all of my activities.

The presence of this topic here is due to a happy friendship that I made in this last years with Milton Miné, a great musician, producer, entrepreneur and wise person that is also the responsible for all the audio of my films.

Few years ago, I have chosen Buddhism as a philosophy to follow.

I come from a Christian family but the religion didn’t answer my questions about life, justice and peace of mind.

In Buddhism I found, if not the answers, a path to follow.

As Buddhist, I practice meditation and one day I’ve started to use music to lull my brain while I meditate.

One morning, getting ready for a recording session for one of my films, I was talking to Miné about this topic and, for my surprise, he told me that he had just won a prize with an advertising campaign about Delta brainwaves to help people sleep.

The technology used in these sounds is called Binaural Beats.

We started talking about all the benefits and possibilities of those sounds, of all the brainwaves and their benefits and we decided to do something with all that knowledge.

Our main goal was to help the world be a better place by helping each person to be his better version.

Was like this, in a beautiful sunny morning, inside a recording studio and sipping some great coffee that this project was born.

Binaural Minds is a reality that came out as a mission to make our part in the world by making audio files using the binaural beats technologies, all brainwaves and the known beneficial solfeggio frequencies.

We hope to help you achieve your peace of mind.

That said allow me to explain what and how this works.

What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us.

This is also the essence of the Buddhism philosophy.

While mindfulness is something we all naturally possess, it’s more readily available to us when we practice on a daily basis.

Whenever you bring awareness to, what you’re directly experiencing via your senses or your state of mind, via your thoughts and emotions, you’re being mindful.

Mindfulness also involves acceptance, meaning that we pay attention to our thoughts and feelings without judging them, without believing, for instance, that there’s a right or wrong way to think or feel in a given moment.

When we practice mindfulness, our thoughts tune into what we’re sensing in the present moment rather than rehashing the past or imagining the future.

Mindfulness is available to us in every moment, whether through meditations and body scans or mindful moment practices like taking time to pause and breathe.

The act of consciously breathing is also the basic principle of meditation.

Mindfulness image of the brain of a person in the sky

Research by Oxford University with 273 people

A research study published by the University of Oxford in November 2013 provides evidence of the effectiveness of the Be Mindful Online course.
The study examined the effects of the course for 273 people who had completed it, and showed that, on average, after one month, they enjoyed:.

The full article can be accessed at this link.

Reduction in anxiety levels
Reduction in depression
Reduction in stress
Improved sleep quality

The Basics of Mindfulness Practice

Mindfulness helps us put some space between ourselves and our reactions, breaking down our conditioned responses.

Set aside some time.

You don’t need a meditation cushion or bench, or any sort of special equipment to access your mindfulness skills but you do need to set aside some time and space just for you.

Observe the present moment as it is.

The aim of mindfulness is not quieting the mind or attempting to achieve a state of eternal calm.

The goal is simple: we’re aiming to pay attention to the present moment, without judgement. Let your judgments roll by.

When you notice judgements arise during the practice, you can make a mental note of them, and let them pass.

Return to observing the present moment as it is.

Our minds often get carried away in thought.

That’s why mindfulness is the practice of returning, again and again, to the present moment.

Don’t judge yourself for whatever thoughts crop up, just practice recognizing when your mind has wandered off, and gently bring it back.

That’s the practice.

It is very simple but not necessarily easy.

The work is to just keep doing it. Results will accrue.

What are Binaural Beats?

The word binaural means “having or relating to two ears”.

This represents the process, which works by simultaneously sending a marginally different sound frequency to each ear and that’s why you must use stereo headphones for binaural beats to work.

Brainwave entrainment happens inside the brain, and is caused by a physiological response.

Upon hearing two tones of different frequencies sent simultaneously to the left and right ears, the brain perceives a third tone based on the mathematical difference between the two frequencies.

The brain then follows along at the new frequency and produces brainwaves at the same rate of Hertz (Hz).

We naturally create a slight different in the notes or sounds presented in the left and right channel of the music.

The binaural beat is perceived as a fluctuating rhythm at the frequency of the difference between the two auditory inputs and suggest conditions which generate brainwaves activity and altered states of consciousness, an hypnotic trance.

Be sure to give yourself enough listening time.

The brain requires about 7 minutes to entrain or fall in sync with the audio stimulus.

Give yourself at least 15-30 minutes of listening time to experience the benefits.

What are Brainwaves?

At the root of all our thoughts, emotions and behaviours is the communication between neurons within our brains.

Brainwaves are produced by synchronised electrical pulses from masses of neurons communicating with each other.

It is a handy analogy to think of brainwaves as musical notes.

The low frequency waves are like a deeply penetrating drum beat, while the higher frequency brainwaves are more like a subtle high-pitched flute.

Our brainwaves change according to what we’re doing and feeling.

When slower brainwaves are dominant we can feel tired, slow, sluggish or dreamy, meanwhile, the higher frequencies, are dominant when we feel wired, or hyper-alert.

Brainwave speed is measured in Hertz, cycles per second, and they are divided into bands delineating slow, moderate, and fast waves.

Infra-low (<.5HZ)

Infra-Low brainwaves (also known as Slow Cortical Potentials), are thought to be the basic cortical rhythms that underlie our higher brain functions. Very little is known about infra-low brainwaves. Their slow nature makes them difficult to detect and accurately measure, so few studies have been done. They appear to take a major role in brain timing and network function.

Delta waves (.5 to 3 Hz)

Delta brainwaves are slow, loud brainwaves. They are generated in deepest meditation and dreamless sleep. Delta waves suspend external awareness and are the source of empathy. Healing and regeneration are stimulated in this state, and that is why deep restorative sleep is so essential to the healing process.

Theta waves (3 to 8 Hz)

Theta brainwaves occur most often in sleep but are also dominant in deep meditation. Theta is our gateway to learning, memory, and intuition. In theta, our senses are withdrawn from the external world and focused on signals originating from within. It is that twilight state which we normally only experience fleetingly as we wake or drift off to sleep. In theta we are in a dream; vivid imagery, intuition and information beyond our normal conscious awareness. It’s where we hold our ‘stuff’, our fears, troubled history, and nightmares.

Alpha waves (8 to 12 Hz)

Alpha brainwaves are dominant during quietly flowing thoughts, and in some meditative states. Alpha is ‘the power of now’, being here, in the present. Alpha is the resting state for the brain. Alpha waves aid overall mental coordination, calmness, alertness, mind/body integration and learning.

Beta waves (12 to 38 Hz)

Beta brainwaves dominate our normal waking state of consciousness when attention is directed towards cognitive tasks and the outside world. Beta is a fast activity present when we are alert, attentive, engaged in problem solving, judgment, decision making, or focused mental activity.

Gamma waves (38 to 42 Hz)

Gamma brainwaves are the fastest of brain waves, high frequency, like a flute, and relate to simultaneous processing of information from different brain areas. Gamma brainwaves pass information rapidly and quietly. The subtlest of the brainwave frequencies, the mind has to be quiet to access gamma.

What are Solfeggio Frequencies?

Solfeggio frequencies make up the ancient 6 tone scale thought to have been used in sacred music, including the well known Gregorian Chants.

The chants and their special tones were believed to impart spiritual blessings when sung in harmony.

Each Solfeggio tone is comprised of a frequency required to balance your energy and keep your body, mind and spirit in perfect harmony.

Vibration is everything. And every vibration has its own frequency.

By exposing the mind and body to the Solfeggio frequencies, you can easily achieve a greater sense of balance and deep healing.

The Solfeggio frequencies align you with the rhythms and tones that form the basis of the Universe.

To quote Nikola Tesla, the late and great Serbian-US genius and father of electromagnetic engineering:

“If you only knew the magnificence of the 3, 6 and 9, then you would hold a key to the Universe.”

And the 3, 6, and 9 are the fundamental root of the Solfeggio Frequencies.

Albert Einstein said:

“Concerning matter, we have been all wrong. What we have called matter is energy, whose vibration has been so lowered as to be perceptible to the senses. There is no matter.”

What he meant was that all matter vibrates at specific rates and everything has its own melody.

Everything has an optimum range of vibration or frequency, and that rate is called resonance.

The main six Solfeggio frequencies are:

396 Hz – Liberating Guilt and Fear

417 Hz – Undoing Situations and Facilitating Change

528 Hz – Transformation and Miracles (DNA Repair)

639 Hz – Connecting/Relationships

741 Hz – Expression/Solutions

852 Hz – Also called the tone of the Universe, returning to Spiritual Order

How to meditate?

This meditation focuses on the breath because the physical sensation of breathing is always there and you can use it as an anchor to the present moment.

Throughout the practice you may find yourself caught up in thoughts, emotions, sounds, wherever your mind goes, simply come back again to the next breath.

Even if you only come back once, that’s okay.

Mindfulness can be achieved with meditation

A simple meditation practice.

Sit comfortably. Find a spot that gives you a stable, solid, comfortable seat.

Notice what your legs are doing. If on a cushion, cross your legs comfortably in front of you. If on a chair, rest the bottoms of your feet on the floor.

Straighten your upper body but don’t stiffen. Your spine has natural curvature. Let it be there.

Notice what your arms are doing. Situate your upper arms parallel to your upper body. Rest the palms of your hands on your legs wherever it feels most natural.

Soften your gaze. Drop your chin a little and let your gaze fall gently downward. It’s not necessary to close your eyes. You can simply let what appears before your eyes be there without focusing on it.

Feel your breath. Bring your attention to the physical sensation of breathing: the air moving through your nose or mouth, the rising and falling of your belly, or your chest.

Notice when your mind wanders from your breath.

Inevitably, your attention will leave the breath and wander to other places. Don’t worry. There’s no need to block or eliminate thinking.

When you notice your mind wandering gently return your attention to the breath.

You may find your mind wandering constantly and that’s normal, too.

Instead of wrestling with your thoughts, practice observing them without reacting.

Just sit and pay attention. As hard as it is to maintain, that’s all there is.

Come back to your breath over and over again, without judgment or expectation.

When you’re ready, gently lift your gaze, if your eyes are closed, open them.

Take a moment and notice any sounds in the environment. Notice how your body feels right now. Notice your thoughts and emotions.

Mindfulness is the ability the we must develop of being fully present.