Thursday, May 17, 2007

Meditating In A Group / Meditating At Pre-determined Times

Seated Buddha, from the Chinese Tang dynasty, Hebei Province

Does it make a difference whether you are meditating solo, or as part of a group? Intuition says that it does.

With increasing number of electromagnetic-wave-generating devices around, you are continuously bombarded, 24X7, with all sorts of vibrations around you. These could come from the incandescent bulb or the old ballast your father had installed when the family moved into the house decades ago. Or they could come from the computer monitor you love to stare at for so long, or from the mobile cellphone you stick to the ear all the time.

Old Ballast, Reader's Digest image

Some of these frequencies are very low, as low as below 50Hz (50 vibrations in one second). What could be the impact of these extremely low frequencies (ELFs) on your brain? The consistent external ELFs can cause the brain's own natural frequencies to dance, slave-like, to their tunes. So it might just be possible that your brain is resonating with the microwave oven in the kitchen! Or with the ballast up above in the ceiling, or with the computer monitor!

MRI of human head, Uni of Sheffield, UK image

One of the outcomes (I would say one of the purposes) of meditation is to bring the vibrations in the brainwaves to a very low frequency (less than 12Hz). When you are meditating solo, and you are in the midst of all your fancy gadgets, the interference from the external world may be too strong to achieve meditative states. (That is also perhaps one reason why people don't achieve the desired results from meditation.)

3T Phillips Scanner, Uni of Amsterdam

This is also one reason why yogis of yore used to seek the silence of the mountains - well, there weren't so many ELF-producing devices those days, but they could escape from the natural ELF generators. (The ELF could come from the rapid wing-strokes of a bumblebee or the thoracic vibrations from the humble midge hovering near by, for example.)

image by Felipe Hadler, stock.Xchng

Meditating in a group implies that the brain inside all the heads that have congregated in one place resonate to more or less the same band (mind you, not the same frequency, but hopefully the same range). Hopefully, this counteracts the external impact of natural/artificial ELF-generators.

Have you ever experienced group meditation? Visualize a horde of bald monks, all sitting silently in meditative posture in an isolated place, and you are sitting right there, in the center. It's such an exhilarated and peaceful feeling to be there!

Meditating Chan monks

They are planning a Global Peace Meditation Day on Sunday the 20th of May, 2007.

Global Peace Meditation Day

Care to join?

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