When alpha brain waves are the dominant frequency in your brain, you will usually be feeling very relaxed, but aware. When you are waking up in the morning or just beginning to drift off at night you are probably in a state of alpha relaxation. You are awake, but with your eyes closed.
Alpha waves occur from frequencies of between 8 Hz to 12 Hz.
When you are in a state of alpha relaxation, your mind is quite clear and receptive to information. Your sense of creativity and your ability to come to new realizations or insights is enhanced when you are "in alpha".
Research has found that the ideal state for learning is when the brain is in this relaxed, but aware state. This is the state that you can achieve quite easily by relaxing, listening to a guided meditation, or while sitting for a session of formal meditation. This alpha wave state of mind is great for relieving stress.
While you are in a state of alpha relaxation, you are also very open to positive suggestions, so it is during this alpha state, while you are still awake, that you may choose to recite some positive affirmations to yourself. Your subconscious mind will be more open to absorbing and adopting the positive words and images that you choose to experience when you are in a state of alpha relaxation.
Experienced meditators can often relax into an alpha brainwave state in less than one minute, whereas if you are very stressed or have never meditated before this can take anywhere from 10 minutes to an hour to achieve. Binaural meditation music and guided meditations can be very effective at helping you enter into a state of alpha relaxation without delay.
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