Quiet Mind NeuroMeditation
The Quiet Mind Style of NeuroMeditation represents the common view of meditation-that of entering a state of consciousness that is pure awareness or emptiness, with no specific thoughts or images present. If you received Quiet Mind as your NMI style, you may benefit from practices that reduce the amount and intensity of internal self-talk, thinking, analyzing, or processing.
These practices increase slow brainwave activity, essentially “shutting down” cognitive processes.
To begin with this type of practice:
- Try spending time tuning into negative space. You can do this with any of the senses. For example, sit outside in an area with trees and notice the space between branches. Not the branches themselves, but the shape inside the branches. Allow yourself to sink into and experience this space and notice what happens to the mind. Or…
- If you prefer, listen to a recording of chanting, such as “OM.” Chant along in your head and then tune in to the silence between OM’s. During the chanting, allow the mind to be completely filled with the internal chanting. During the space between OM’s, allow the mind to be completely filled with the space, silently waiting for the next sound.
- You can explore this aspect of Quiet Mind further by using guided Open Focus meditations, such as those created by Les Fehmi in his Open Focus program or by listening to this version by Joe Dispenza.
- This is not a state you can “try” to attain. By trying, you are activating the mind and usually creating additional tension. This state is about “letting go” and allowing the mind to drop into a place of quietude.
- Don’t try to get rid of your thoughts. This doesn’t work. Practice letting your thoughts go….
- Practice simple relaxation. Several times each day, take time to practice being still without goal or effort. Just “be.” This is a great way to help the mind/body begin to move into these practices.
- Spend less time on electronic devices and more time in nature. This will help shift your internal frequency closer to the desired state.
- You typically will not know you have entered this state until the meditation is over. Afterwards people generally feel relaxed, peaceful, quiet and joyful.
- Use brainwave entrainment technology to help increase Alpha1 brainwave activity (8-10 hz). Audiovisual entrainment devices such as those produced by MindAlive can be quite helpful.
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Note: For individuals who have experienced traumatic or overwhelming life events, certain meditation or relaxation practices can contribute to unmanageable affect and bodily sensations. As a result, trauma survivors may decide that they are not capable of meditation, or that it’s “not right for them.” It’s important to understand that traumatic experiences can significantly affect our perceptions and our sense of self, and can sensitize us to sensations, thoughts, and emotions. Fortunately, there are helpful ways to ensure that meditation instruction is trauma-informed, with an emphasis on grounding and physical and emotional security. Please see the section on Trauma Informed NeuroMeditation for more details, or contact an NMI Therapist near you.