Delta brainwaves are low frequency and generated in states of deep meditation and dreamless sleep. Delta waves turn your awareness inwards, stimulate healing and regeneration and are also the source of empathy.
Theta waves are generated during deep meditation or sleep, and stimulate a dreamlike state, where imagery is vivid, enabling you to tap into areas of self which are beyond your conscious awareness. Theta brainwaves are the gateway to learning, memory, intuition and also carry your fears.
The brain is in an Alpha brainwave state when you are in the present moment. These perfectly attuned waves promote calmness, alertness and a completely balanced mind-body connection.
Beta brainwaves are choppy and dominate your normal waking state of consciousness, when attention is directed towards the outside world. Beta activity is present when you are alert, attentive, engaged in problem solving, decision making, or any other focused mental activity.
Gamma brainwaves are the most mystic waves of the brain and only achievable when the mind is very quiet. This state is highly active when in states of universal love, altruism, and connection to a higher source. Above the frequency of neuronal firing, how Gamma brainwaves are generated remains a mystery.
Imagine your brainwaves being like the waves of the ocean – some are big and crashing, others calm and still, some have a gentle rhythm and pace, others are fast and choppy. Now visualise your breath as the changing currents of the ocean – if you slow and calm these currents or the rhythm of your breath, you can directly change the motion of the ocean and your brainwaves will also start to enter a more relaxed state.
According to a Harvard University study, humans spend 46.9 per cent of their waking hours thinking about something other than what they’re doing. When you are distracted from the present moment, your thoughts can often cultivate feelings of stress and anxiety. By bringing your awareness to your breath, you can enter a more Alpha wave state and bring your full awareness to the present moment.