The Effects of Nature and Our Environment on Brain Waves and Health
Our brain waves are normally in beta which is between 14 to 40 hertz; however, when we are in a state of deep relaxation we can connect the brainwave frequency of the earth which is 7.83 hertz also known as the Schumann Resonance.
Not every client has access to open nature, but when possible, it is a best practice to spend time in nature so that we can slow down our brainwave frequency toward the theta state, which can have profound therapeutic implications on our health.
Taking in nature has a rejuvenating effect. It can literally help to relax us; the earth has much potential to teach us these lessons in such a simple, pure form. Intuitively, this is why we are often guided to be in nature as a way to relax the body.
What is Grounding?
You may be aware of terms such as grounding or reconnecting; specifically, this refers to the earth’s limitless natural healing energy – but many do not realize that it is as simple as walking barefoot on the earth. Some believe that this is a natural way to reduce inflammation in the body, by reducing free radicals.
Those who practice and believe in grounding will spend up to 20 minutes a day walking barefoot outside. The reported benefits include enhanced sleep, increased energy, calmness, and lowered stress levels.
The Impact of Meditation
There is a growing body of evidence-based scientific studies of meditation, and neuroimaging has demonstrated the significant impact that a consistent meditation practice has on brain function and health.
Meditation allows you to alter the physiological functions of both the brain and body, targeting specific areas that allow for a deeper state of relaxation and calmness. This allows the heart to pump more slowly and steadily; in turn, this can have positive effects on your mental and emotional health as well. The awareness and shift in mindset creates complete brain synchronization while enhancing creativity, learning, focus, and attention.
This same relaxed state has been shown to enhance the synthesis of many of the brain’s natural chemicals and neurotransmitters; influencing mood NT’s including GABA, serotonin, endorphins, melatonin, and growth hormone while lowering the stress hormones cortisol and adrenaline.
So, we know that meditation reduces the heart rate but is also dramatically improves circulation efficiency. As a result, nutrients will be transported throughout your system with greater efficacy because the heart doesn’t have to overwork to perform this function.
One of the goals of meditation is to enhance the currents of life force throughout the brain and spinal cord serving to support the nerves organs and tissues in the body.
A consistent 30-minute mindfulness meditation practice over the course of eight weeks is therefore shown to have profound changes within the brain structures. Research from peer-reviewed articles in the field of neuroscience supports these brain-based benefits achieved from a consistent meditation practice.
Many people enjoy having a way to track if their meditation practice is effective. Here is where technology can help us greatly as coaches – especially when participating in a research study using neuroimaging is simply impractical.
Some of the more innovative technology that is currently available is designed to track the ability to calm the mind. Examples include apps that work with mobile devices to achieve this outcome. One such app uses a headband that places leads along the frontal and temporal lobes, allowing brain activity to be measure along the scalp. This information is then translated in real-time to your phone and the user receives feedback (sounds) to inform the use of how calm the brain is.
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