THE EVOLUTION OF MEDITATION
Meditation is a practice as old as antiquity. Today, its benefits continue to be recognized as profoundly contributing to one's overall well-being. Over the past 50 years, Western scientists have been studying the various ways that a regular meditation practice changes the way the brain work – effectively having a direct effect on neuro-plasticity.
Biologically, the brain and body communicate in constant flux in order to maintain homeostasis and congruency within an ever-changing external environment. As psycho-social beings, evolution has equipped human beings with the extraordinary ability to consciously curate the content of our inner experiences. Cognitive events like thoughts, emotions, and memories change the body's physiological functioning through a variety of pathways within our nervous and hormonal (neuroendocrine) systems, which allow conscious thoughts to manifest into tangible states of experience in outer physical reality. Meditation offers the tools for each individual to harness the power of the concentrated mind by turning unconscious, randomized thoughts and emotions into a conscious process. This is the power of presence.
Meditation represents a conscious interruption within the activity of the body, breath and mind. Through physical relaxation, conscious breathing, and deliberate cognitive activity (or concentration), meditation literally affects our neuro-anatomic building blocks. The cognitive recognition that 'I am meditating' can trigger complex changes in our nervous and hormonal systems which allow the body to receive the many physiological benefits of meditation, even if the mind has not been completely calmed. When we add mindful breathing into the body, this relationship between cognitive state and physiological response grows even stronger. Science Of Self ™ programs help to cultivate and harness the innate technology of meditation and provide a roadmap to transcend our conditioned responses and come into a more complete understanding of the self.
We present all of our audio in the cutting edge format of BINAURAL sound – the preferred choice of researchers and experts in the area of sound reproduction and research. Binaural audio essentially produces a 3D stereo sound within headphones that mimics the experience of being present in a room, as if the sound were being generated in front of you. This is spatialized sound for your brain
Everyones has felt the 'invisible' power of sound. Even as children, we all experience that profound effect of sound on our senses, as well as our total being. Sound has the power to frighten and sooth, to shock or calm. The science of cymatics has shown that sound literally permeates everything we are – from our organs, to our tissues, to the water molecules in our cells and our DNA. Understanding the complex science behind the effect of certain frequencies of sound on our bodies, emotions, moods and experience is central to what we do at SCIENCE OF SELF™.
That's why we work with doctoral researchers, masterful musicians, sound designers and engineers when we design our immersive meditation sound journeys. Using the body of scientific knowledge available to us, we are able to better design soundscapes and musical journeys that have the power to transport you into the sublime space of physical relaxation, refined breathing, and a meditative mind each and every time.
Sound choreographed VISUALIZATIONS
Human beings have been using visual imagery as a focal point for their concentration, relaxation and devotion throughout history. Some believe that the imprint of visual imagery affects us somewhere in the space between perception and imagination. By using visuals, we are able to limit our awareness of the persistent distractions all around us by honing into a consistent point of attention. Slowly, as our perceptual faculties become absorbed in this visual object, our minds actually release their hold on the myriad of distractions after recognizing them as being unimportant (which they usually are!). This ability to filter sensory inputs effectively and concentrate upon a single point of attention was as important for our hunting ancestors, as it is now for meditators in a chaotic world. By simultaneously narrowing and widening our focus upon a single visual image, we become literally able to see more and less at the same time.