HOW TO USE
1. Wear headphones or earbuds.
QuietSelf.com meditations are designed to be immersive, evocative Experiences. Headphones or earbuds will help you quickly escape from the chaos of the day and enter meditation quickly and easily. They'll also allow you to receive the benefits of the brainwave technology we use in our audio tracks. You can read more about this technology here.
2. Find a place where you can be quiet.
It's important that you're able to keep your attention on the Meditation you’re practicing. Decide on a place where you feel safe and can relax, undisturbed, for the duration of the Experience. It doesn't have to be a special meditation room, or even a corner of your home, complete with cushions, candles and incense. (It can be – but it doesn’t have to be.) Your meditation spot can even vary from day to day, if that’s what suits your lifestyle. It can be in your office, on a train or even in the park – anywhere that's convenient, as long as you’re comfortable keeping your eyes closed and your ears attuned to the Meditation audio. The important thing is that no one will be actively trying to get your attention during your session.
Also, be sure to turn off any notifications on your computer or mobile device. This way, your session won't be interrupted with an email from work or a call from a friend. Then, close your eyes, take a deep inhalation and exhalation, and enjoy yourself.
3. Revisit the Intentions and repeat the Experiences often.
All QuietSelf.com Experiences are designed to be repeated. In fact, the more you repeat them, the more benefit you receive. Think of them as yoga poses. You don’t learn a yoga asana just once and then rush off to learn the next, and the next and the next. You practice the pose. You become accustomed to it. You work on it until you understand its basic mechanics. And then the real fun begins: you stop working on it, and you begin allowing it to work on you. Think of how many downward facing dog poses you’ll do in your lifetime. It’s the same pose, but it’s different each time. That’s what QuietSelf.com meditation Experiences are like.
4. Always, be kind.
Be kind to yourself, and patient. Whether you’re an experienced meditator, or just starting out, give yourself permission to enjoy your meditation time. Allow it to take root in your daily or weekly routine. If you find that you have a tendency to fall asleep if you make yourself “too comfortable” when you meditate, try making yourself just slightly less comfortable. If you find that your mind continues to race through shopping lists and memories of political blogs while you’re trying to focus on just the breath, give yourself permission to let the mind tire itself out. And then try again. We structured QuietSelf.com around Intentions, rather than goals, to help you be kind to yourself. Treat yourself as you would treat your best friend. Because when it comes right down to it, you are.
And always be kind to others. Everyone is struggling and doing their best. The more compassion you can allow yourself to feel – and the more kindness you allow yourself to express – the easier it will be to sleep, to wake up, to work, to focus, to have fun, and to be happy. Meditation is a terrific road to kindness. Travel far.
All QuietSelf.com audio contains targeted brainwave technology to support and sustain an immersive state of meditation. Generally, this technology is referred to as "brain entrainment". It's an established technology that's been in use since the mid-19th century. The specific brain entrainment technology that we employ is called binaural beats.
In simple terms, binaural beats can direct changes in brainwaves by introducing tones at different frequencies into each ear. During a state of meditation or relaxation, the brain naturally achieves a certain frequency state which can then be further stimulated with binaural beats.
QuietSelf.com uses this brainwave technology along with music, sound design, and carefully structured voice guides to bring you deeply into the Meditation Experience. However, you won’t hear anything “strange” when you listen because the binaural beats have been expertly blended into our recording. For this reason, the best way to enjoy the benefits of this specially crafted combination of brainwave technology and soulful audio immersion is to use headphones or earbuds.
It’s important to note that binaural beats are not hypnosis or subliminal messaging. Nor are they magic carpets to sweep you away to realms of relaxation, creativity or happiness. But they can be extremely beneficial for some people. At QuietSelf.com, we consider binaural beat technology to be a somewhat “soft science” because it impacts different people differently. It’s more like talk therapy than neurological medication. But just like good talk therapy, good binaural beat application can be part of a supportive process of self-change.