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Sunday February 26th, 2023
What I learned this week | Meditation
This week I learned a new meditation technique. I've used the same TM-based (transcendental meditation) technique every day since 2014. Switching it up has had better results than I expected. If you want to learn how to meditate or find your practice getting stale, you might find this interesting.
🔖 My feed this week
The Silva Mind Control Method on Audible
🎼 What I learned this week
After a year of being targeted by MindValley on YouTube, Instagram, and everywhere, I decided to dig in. I've been doing the same type of meditation (TM-based) since 2015 and figured it might be time to change it up. MindValley's core meditation courses are based on a man named José Silva, who wrote a book in the 1970s called The Silva Mind Control Method. Quick backstory - José was fixing radios daily and helping his kids with their homework at night when he started thinking about the intersection of radio waves and learning. Tldr, José figured out that he could improve his children's memory by slowing down the mind, allowing it to enter the Alpha state, and stimulating both the right and left side of the brain simultaneously. In other words, he taught his kids to solve analytical, left-side problems by utilizing right-side, creative thinking. Today, we know that Alpha brain waves and subtler levels of consciousness, Theta and Delta brain waves, stimulate the parasynthetic nervous system. This means that when your mind is at rest, such as meditating or sleeping, it doesn't need the sympathetic nervous system -- i.e, the everyday awake Beta or fight-or-flight Gamma waves. In turn, you think more calmly and creatively and utilize your mind's capacity more. (PS, if you need a scientific or technological reason to start meditating, this was it for me. Learning my brain was literally "in Beta" when it could be in Alpha was enough.) The more one meditates, the more one trains the mind to operate in Alpha, which typically means less reactionary behavior and more creative problem-solving. MindValley created a meditation program based on Silva's work, and I've found it useful so far. The biggest shift since trying Silva has been dropping in more quickly, learning to trust my intuition, and using meditation time for real-life problem-solving through visualization.
🧰 Try this on
Listen to The Silva Mind Control Method for free here.