Meditation, practiced for millenia, is coming to the forefront of science, especially neuro-science, in a very big way. Tibetan Buddhist Monks’ brainwave patterns, during their meditation sessions, are of particular interest to doctors & scientists. What is so special about the brains of advanced meditators?
During Meditation, Prefrontal Cortex Gamma Brainwaves Intensify
The benefits of meditation, at least in metaphysical terms, have always been understood by those with the highest levels of meditative experience, science is now able to pinpoint which parts of the human brain are the most active, and to what degree.
One particular part of the brain, the Pre-Frontal Cortex, intensifies its Gamma brainwave production (known best for extreme concentration) during meditation. The Pre-frontal cortex is known for:
- Abstract Thinking
- Regulating Behavior
- Decides what is right and wrong
- Regulates urges (sexual & emotional)
- Great Implications on consciousness, personality, and general intelligence
- Positive Emotions
Alpha Brainwaves proliferate during meditation
To enter a meditative state, brain wave activity must shift through a number stages. The first of these states, Alpha, is known to elicit changes in the autonomic nervous system, bringing a natural state of calmness. As a result, blood pressure and heart rate are lowered, leading to a reduction in stress hormones, namely, cortisol.
During Meditation Theta Brainwaves Multiply
The second stage the brainwaves move into during meditation, Theta, is said to unlock higher insight and untapped wisdom. Theta brain waves induce deep relaxation, enabling creativity, memorization and problem solving skills. In “Highway Hypnosis” for instance, drivers are able to automatically drive from home to work while in the theta state, that is to say, without a recollection of actually performing the skills that are essential for driving. Plainly, skills that have become second nature are brought to the surface by the theta state.
Delta Brainwaves synchronize during meditation
Another occurring brain wave pattern during meditation are Delta brainwaves, the slowest of all brainwaves. Unlike theta which is a dreamy state, delta brain waves occur only in deep, dreamless sleep. Highly advanced meditation practitioners are able to use willpower to summon delta waves, readily tapping into the subconscious and unconscious layers of the mind, allowing for the integrated programming of newly learned skills during sleep.