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Mathew Naismith

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Do we think while meditating?

What if I told you that we actually have a higher mental activity while in deep meditation not less!! I’ve actually been saying this for some time now & of course been laughed at by most other spiritually aware people in saying so but this is the second scientific study I have come across saying the something. It’s important we are fully aware of ourselves & stop burying our heads in the sand just because it goes against our old conscious beliefs.

As quoted from the link below: Gamma brain waves (39-100 hz) are involved in higher mental activity and consolidation of information. An interesting study has shown that advanced Tibetan meditators produce higher levels of gamma than non-meditators both before and during meditation.

The below link is an interesting read:

http://www.brainandhealth.com/Brain-Waves.html

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      Jul 9 2013: G'day Carolyn

      Science has proven the benefits of meditation on the psyche as well as on the body, it is amazing how one can be conscious of every fibre of ones being in certain meditative states, it makes one more aware of everything within their entire environment they once wasn't aware of. After meditating I can go outside & go wow as everything just seem to be more vivid & at times glowing.
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    Jul 15 2013: I don't know. I do often have questions that are too hard for me and sometimes I just put them on the back burner, I don't consciously think about them, but I find that with time the answer comes to me anyway.
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      Jul 16 2013: G'day Deepak

      Interesting stuff Deepak, never heard of this type of meditation before.

      This scientific study is saying an advanced Tibetan meditators produce higher levels of gamma than non-meditators & this is the second scientific study that I have come across that says the same thing that we actually think in a higher range in certain parts of the brain while other parts of the brain including speech closes down.

      In one examination on a person singing hymns the part of the brain that controls speech shut down but they where still able to sing, interesting stuff!!

      It does seem the outcome of the study is defined by how the brain was wired up & the experiment conducted. Certain pats of the brain do slow down if not stop functioning all together but other parts of the brain become more active it would seem.

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      Mathew
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      Jul 9 2013: G'day Kate

      Science has proven that even an experienced Tibetan monk in mediation still thinks but a lot of the other parts of the brain are shut down however the parts of the brain in use while meditating actually are a lot more active thus the gamma range.

      Get this, during one study on a person singing hymns the part of the brain controlling speech shut down but they where still singing!!

      Love
      Mathew
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          Jul 10 2013: G’day Kate

          The brain is different to the mind, when we pass on our brain stays behind however our mind is always a part of consciousness. In this mind thought prevails however the reason we think we are no longer thinking is because of our way of thinking has changed nothing more nor less, the mind never stops thinking unlike the brain. How do ghosts, spirits & other non-physical entities interact especially in the physical realm if it wasn’t for thought?

          You must understand Kate this study endorses what meditators go through as no other range of thought that I know of to date reaches such levels except through meditation which means there is more activity going on within the mind therefore the brain than any other mode of thought or system of thought.

          Let’s ask the question why? I said previous that the mind is different to the brain, the brain is only as good as the input of information however when we tap into the universal mind through meditation, which is consciousness itself, certain parts of the brain come to life & other parts shut off. Like I said in my previous reply during one study on a person singing hymns, the part of the brain controlling speech shut down but they were still singing, we no longer needed the physical part of the brain for speech just like a ghost or spirit but became connected with the mind (consciousness) itself. So why does this universal mind/consciousness make us feel like we are not thinking? It’s a much calmer way of thinking for the main reason we no longer have fixated attachments & worries to contend with, it’s as if a veil has been lifted off so of course we are going to think we are not thinking.

          So the answer to the question why is the frequency range higher when meditating than in any other thought mode is we are tapping into the universal mind (consciousness) which is vast so it’s obviously going to be more active which in turn makes the physical brain more active in certain parts of the brain only.

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          Mat
  • Jul 8 2013: Well you are definitely not using as much of your brain as you would with complicated mathematics but it definitely isn't doing nothing. When you are meditating and if you've been doing it awhile your brain naturally releases DMT a natural hallucinogen every human has that is also released in large amounts nearing death.
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      Jul 9 2013: G'day Charles

      I wonder if there is a study in how the brain is working while mathematicians are working with complex maths? It would be interesting to find out if their brain activity is in the gamma range, they definitely use more of the brain than someone meditating but at what frequency?
      • Jul 9 2013: Brain in the gamma range? what does that mean
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          Jul 9 2013: G'day Charles

          When we are in our deepest sleep, according to the studies, we sleep in delta mode which is the least active our brain functions but when we are meditating in gamma mode our brains are more active but only within certain regions of the brain, usually the parts of the brain we very rarely use in every day life.

          I have found most spiritually aware people believe we don't think at all while in deep meditation however this scientific study proves otherwise & in actual fact our brains are more active which I have always said, you could imagine what sort of conversation I had with them & of course this isn't the only scientific study that has proved this.

          I'm spiritually aware myself but not to the blind faith stage as I also love science.