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A teacher who I once knew used to say to children complaining of boredom: “Good, and when you’ve been bored long enough you’ll think of something worthwhile to do.” She didn’t know then that boredom is a brainwave generator.
You’re Not Bored Enough of the Time
With the rising popularity of electronic toys, games and equipment, it is less and less common for a child to be bored. There are so many attractive time wasters available today that children on a play date are not necessarily interacting with each other. Similarly, it’s not uncommon to see two people on a date who are both talking on their individual cell phones, and not to each other! Boredom is not useful if you quickly fill it with any nearby electronic device.
This constant attention to an electronic gadgets keeps us more often in Beta, the brainwave of daily activity. Alpha is a more useful brainwave for ideas, creativity, intuition and inspiration. These things seldom break through a Beta brainwave. You will slip into Alpha when you’re meditating, or day dreaming. Sometimes our brainwaves change to Alpha when we’re watching a movie or TV show, or if a boring sports event lulls us almost to sleep.
It’s great to be in Alpha when you’re in a quiet place. That’s when ideas can come to you. One Nobel Prize winning chemist claimed that the reason he won was that he didn’t have a test tube washer. He explained that his best ideas and insights came to him while he was scrubbing out his used test tubes.
You might find that this happens for you when you are doing those mundane — boring household chores. These are the activities that use your conscious brain, leaving your unconscious free to ponder and then to communicate with you.
Meditation is also a Brainwave Generator
The adult who meditates is not afraid of the rare idle moment. This is a cherished time when a fifteen minute or half hour meditation is rejuvenating. Not only does meditation advance the recovery of a stressed and exhausted worker, but it also prevents the cognitive deterioration that is otherwise the result of constant or frequent stress.
The champions of meditation for brain recovery are Bill Harris and David Lynch. They both provide more than convincing data and explain that when stressed your resources go to the back of your brain which takes care of “fight or flight” responses. Yet, during meditation, those resources come back to your cognitive centers and rebuild the starved areas.
During meditation, the Alpha, Theta and Delta brainwaves are generated. A serious, experienced meditator can also produce Gamma brainwaves which are those shown only by those who have achieved a deeply compassionate state.
So, you can meditate for mental health, to heighten inspiration and intuition or to increase your compassion. Meditation will advance all these aspects of life through a natural brainwave generation.