If you’ve ever wanted to get into the state of Flow, where you are being productive and creative while also feeling relaxed, then you should try Alpha.
Alpha Meditation is a psychological exercise that is used to increase the production of alpha brainwaves. These are a specific frequency of brainwaves that promote calmness, productivity, and concentration.
Alpha brainwaves are associated with the state of Flow, which helps us to learn and to remember information, which is why Alpha meditation is good for studying (as well as being a very relaxing meditation.
Guided Alpha Meditation
- Sit somewhere quiet and relaxing. Place your feet shoulder-width apart. Make sure your spine is straight but relaxed. Slightly lower your chin to elongate your neck.
- Ground yourself. To do this, inhale deeply through the nose and release any stress. Breathe out through your mouth.
- Focus on your breathing. Proper breathing is deep and diaphragmatic. But don’t force it. You will naturally start breathing deeply once you’ve been meditating for a few minutes.
- Continue meditating on your breath until your heart rate has slowed.
- As you relax and let go of stress, you will gradually begin to increase alpha brain waves.
- Visualize a mental picture of the number 3 three times, then repeat with the number 2 and finally 1.
- Now visualize yourself in a relaxing environment, somewhere divine and serene. Visualize this area in detail.
- Hear it.
- Feel it.
- Touch it.
- Taste it.
- You should feel as though you are actually inside this visualization. Stay here for at least ten minutes (or fifty-four breaths).
- Count from 5 to 1 and open your eyes.
You will find this technique very relaxing, and it will help you to process information, which is beneficial to both work and personal life.
Other forms of meditation for producing alpha brainwaves include mantras, Anapanasati, and “Open Monitoring Meditation”, where the mind is not focused on any one thing but instead is open to our present environment.
Use Alpha meditation when you want a relaxed but productive state of mind. For instance, if you are doing a creative endeavor like painting the house and you want to be productive while also being relaxed.
It can help with studying too. Some scientific research suggests that it improves memory. So, you might like to use it when you’re training for your exams.
Science shows that it works
 Research from The Norwegian University of Science and Technology shows that Alpha brainwaves increase in the posterior parts of the brain during meditation.
The researchers state that “This wave type has been used as a universal sign of relaxation during meditation and other types of rest… these waves increase when the brain relaxes from intentional, goal-oriented tasks. This is a sign of deep relaxation…”
The researchers state that meditation makes us more aware of the spontaneous wandering of the mind. Apparently, this mind-wandering helps the brain to connect different kinds of mental processing and experiences and improves our sense of perspective.
Understanding Alpha State of Mind
Writing for Scientific American, Ned Herrmann, the “father of brain dominance technology”, says that when we understand the brainwaves we can use their strengths. This means “being mentally productive across a wide range of activities, such as being intensely focused, relaxed, creative, and in restful sleep.”
The brain is constantly alive with electrical activity according to the University of Queensland. Neuron cells send electrical signals to other neurons, and this produces brain waves. You can see those brain waves if you look at an EEG (electroencephalogram), which is when a lab technician places electrodes on the scalp that send the brain’s electrical activity to a machine.
Different brain wave frequencies
There are five frequencies of brain waves. Alpha is in the middle of those five.
According to Herrmann, “Alpha represents non-arousal. These brainwaves are slower, and higher in amplitude.” That’s why Alpha is a good middle-ground resting state. Incidentally, it is also the first of the brain waves to be discovered. German psychiatrist Hans Berger discovered it after he invented the EEG.
The brainwave frequencies:
- Gamma (38-42)
- Beta (13-38)
- Alpha (8-12)
- Theta (4-8)
- Delta (0-4). 
The human mind naturally switches from one dominant brain wave to another at various times of day, depending on what we are doing.
What is Alpha Mind?
Alpha mind is the term that scientists use to describe right-brain activity, which is mostly associated with creativity, imagination, memory, and intuition .
According to Herrmann, Alpha brainwaves occur at a frequency of between 8 and 12 Hz. It’s characterized by relaxed consciousness.
What is the best brain wave frequency?
There are benefits of each brain wave frequency. The slower ones are for resting and healing. The faster ones are for concentration and productivity. So, as you can see, it really depends on what you want to get out of meditation.
What does alpha mind feel like?
The best way to describe it is “Wakeful”. It feels like a natural and easy state of mind. When you’re in this mind state you’re relaxed and feel restful. But at the same time, you are also able to focus enough to complete tasks. Basically, it feels like “Easy mode”.
Benefits of alpha mind:
- Healing (although it should be noted that Delta brain waves are better for this).
- Relaxing (Theta, however, may be better for deep relaxation)
- Reduces stress and anxiety (a 2014 study revealed that people with Generalised Anxiety Disorder can find calmness by increasing Alpha waves via neurofeedback, a form of biofeedback in which you voluntarily attempt to adjust your brainwaves).
- Excellent for resting
- Increases creativity
- Helps to filter out distractions
- Good for studying (though the faster frequencies, beta and gamma, are considered better for studying).
- Helps with depression: A 2019 study showed that a brain stimulation technique called transcranial alternating current stimulation (tACS) can decrease depression by boosting alpha brain waves.
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Paul Harrison BSc is a qualified meditation teacher who believes in genuine, authentic meditation. He has more than 15 years experience in teaching meditation and mindfulness both to individuals and to corporations and is the author of four books on meditation. He has been featured in Psychology Today, Breathe Magazine, Healthline, Psych Central and Lion’s Roar.
Paul studied meditation in beautiful Oxford, UK, and Hamilton Ontario Canada, and earned his degree at Staffordshire University.
Paul’s biggest inspirations include Thich Nhat Hanh, Jon Kabat Zinn, and Jack Kornfield.
“My goal is to provide the most authentic meditation sessions so you can harness the power of your own mind for personal transformation” – Paul Harrison