I found myself coining this phrase last week…The Infinite “Now”. It so perfectly describes what “now” is… it’s the only thing that actually is! The past no longer exists, it is carried in our brain as memories, re-experienced as images, sounds, smells and feelings. Obviously, the future isn’t real either, it is an idea or expectation we carry about what will happen…in the Now that’s coming up…or at least what we THINK is coming up. The truth is, life is totally unpredictable, especially these days, so it’s pointless to spend much time fretting about it. What does all this have to do with brain waves?
Well, our brain waves accurately reveal what mental state we are in; charged up, excited and active as in an interesting conversation, or in a calm, relaxed state. It shows if we are experiencing emotional or mental stress or dis-stress, and it shows when we are forming ideas and in a “free-form” mode of thought.
Thinking about either the past or the future, particularly in the “should have” or “need to” mode, always shows up as High Beta waves…a state we do not want to remain in long. This causes the release of both adrenaline and cortisol, brain chemicals that are necessary for fight or flight, but very hard on our immune system and our cellular health. The “Infinite Now”, is a resting place – a place of complete internal quiet and calm. It soothes our jangled nerves, quiets the brain chatter that just won’t quit and strengthens our immune system by letting our cells stop – and take a deep breath.
The most balanced brain state is one called your SMR. A relaxed, focused state, that is ideal for both brain and physical health and well-being. You can achieve that state by learning to “Rest in the Infinite Now”. Your means of getting there, is your body…and the sensory signals that are going back and forth between our body and our brain, every micro-second we are alive and conscious.
The key word here is conscious. A high SMR state, usually indicates a being “present”…right here and now. My book, “Moment by Moment…an Ageless Process”, teaches you how to do that by connecting or re-connecting with your body, to “notice” whatever sensory information you choose…what you see, what you hear, what you feel (in your body), several times a day.
I recently had my brain waves checked. When I thought about the stress in my life, my high beta shot up. By just focusing on “hearing”, what ever sounds I was aware of, I dropped the beta and raised my SMR to the best place my brain could be.
Try it…you’ll like it!