The Healing Benefits of the Alpha State
There’s something that boosts your creativity, helps you de-stress, actually builds a better brain, enhances your immune system, and sends you into that strong, focused athletic “zone.” You can get as much as you want – for free.
OK, calm down! No, literally – calm down.
When you pause from the stressful demands of daily living to close your eyes and take some deep breaths, you’re not really letting your mind wander. Instead, you’re giving your mind, and your entire being, a deeply healing dose of Alpha, a specific level of brainwave activity.
We spend most of our waking moments at the Beta level. Functioning at that speed, the brain solves problems, makes judgment calls and decisions, and keeps us engaged and attentive. Staying in this demanding state of alertness takes a lot of energy, and can be exhausting physically and mentally.
Learning how to slow those brainwaves down immediately shifts us into the more balanced and healing Alpha state. We become mindfully present and peaceful as body, mind and spirit begin to effectively integrate.
This is the optimum mental state for opening up your creativity, visualizing, programming your mind for success, improving your memory and learning. Achieving Alpha level on a regular basis also profoundly hones your intuition.
Switching from the more frenetic Beta state into the deep relaxation and receptivity of Alpha is easy. Sit straight, with your feet flat on the floor, or in a cross-legged position. Gently rest your hands on your legs, palms up, and bring your thumb, index finger and middle fingers together. Close your eyes, and start to follow your breath.
It’s frequently helpful to silently repeat a world or phrase that has special meaning to you. “God is love,” “Shalom,” or “Om” are popular choices to get you into a peaceful state. You can start at your toes and just imagine all the tension and stress of the day slowly flowing out of your feet and into the earth. The relaxation continues to wash over your body, taking you deeper and deeper into a place of complete contentment.
As you bask in the peacefulness of the Alpha state, inspiration, creativity and sudden insights can just float into your awareness. People frequently find a solution for an issue they’ve been dealing with, or discover a completely new way to look at a situation.
When you feel you’ve spent enough time basking in Alpha, you can gently bring yourself back into consciousness. It’s helpful to silently say a positive affirmation, like “Every day in every way I am getting better and better, healthier and healthier, happier and happier.” Count from one to five, bringing yourself back into a state of refreshed alertness. One – feel the chair beneath you – two, three – wiggle your fingers and toes – four – you’re back in the room and five – open your eyes. Take a moment to stretch and mentally review your experience. Do any images, thoughts or insights stand out? Journal them.
Experience a healing Alpha state in every one of the mind-body-spirit classes offered at the Optimum Health Institute holistic health missions in San Diego and Austin, Texas. Come help us celebrate 40 Years of Holistic Healing. Our caring team will give you the tools, encouragement and inspiration to detoxify your body, quiet your mind and rejuvenate your spirit while you are surrounded in serene beauty. Visit our website at www.optimumhealth.org , and call us at (800) 993-4325 to make your reservation.