Simple, Portable Device That Helps You Achieve A Peaceful Meditative
State, Even If Your Mind Usually Wanders!
by Bob Olson,
|I've written a lot of
articles about experiences I've had with self-improvement and
spiritual practitioners, but I've never written about a product. I
guess I've never discovered one before that made such a significant
impression. Now that I have found a product worthy of an article, I
feel compelled to tell you about my experience using it. This is a
simple, portable device that has allowed me to reach a deep,
peaceful state of meditation like never before.
I must admit that Iím
one of those people who knows the benefits of meditation and would love to
meditate every day, but the truth is that I simply donít do it
regularly. Why? Because when I do finally meditate, it seems to take me
forever to calm my brain down. And by the time my mind stops racing, the
music stops and Iím like, ďWhat? Itís over already?Ē Yet I usually
meditate for 45 minutes. So I often wonder if it was a complete waste of
my time since all I did was think, which is not very relaxing. Thatís
been the gist of my meditation practice. At least until recently.
Not long ago, my wife
gave me one of the best gifts Iíve ever received. Now Melissa has given
me some really cool gifts in the pastóincluding a saxophone that is far
too nice for my talentsóbut this newest one takes the cake. Itís a
Shealy RelaxMate II, a product that looks like a pair of sunglasses
connected by a cord to an mp3 player, but itís actually a
photostimulation device that delivers therapeutic light pulses for deep,
fast relaxation. These light impulses quickly shift mental and emotional
states so that people like me, whose mind wanders during meditation, fall
into a deep state of relaxation in record time.
I was excited to get the
RelaxMate II, but if you know me, you already know that I was skeptical
about its true effectiveness. Iíve tried products in the past that
proved to be nothing more than a gimmick. But thatís not what happened
this time. I put the mock-sunglasses on my head, closed my eyes and turned
on the switch. Immediately, even though my eyes were closed, I was
watching a light show. I was seeing reds and blues, or a combination of
red and blue, through my eyelids, and they were pulsing at a particular
frequency. I had it set for 1 cycle per second, which Iíd learned in the
past was a therapeutic beat for music. Baroque music follows this beat and
has been documented to have all sorts of benefits for faster learning,
relaxation and stress reduction. So I figured that if the 60-cycles-per-minute
beat was good going through my ears, it was probably good going through my eyes, too.
There are three time
settings on the RelaxMate II, one for 20 minutes, one for 40 minutes, and
one for 60 minutes. So you can choose the length of time for your
meditation. As far as I know, the colors change with time, as do the
pulses from one eye to the next. At least thatís been my experience.
However, I must tell you that I get in such a deep state of meditation
with this unit that these changes might just be in my imaginationóIím
really not sure.
The first time I finished
using this machine, I was deeply relaxed after using only the 20-minute
setting. When the light show stopped, I was in one of those delightful
moods where the plane I was flying in at the time could have been heading
towards a cliff and I would have stayed calm and relaxed. The next time I
used it, I went a full 40 minutes. This time I also listened to music,
which coincidentally just happened to be at the same beat as the color
pulses. OhÖmyÖGod! That was a mindbender. It was like I was watching a
light show that was designed to go with the beat of the music. Now I
wasnít only getting the 60-cycles-per-minute benefits visually, I was
getting them auditorilly, as well. I felt so peaceful when it was over, I
was an instant RelaxMate junkie.
The more often I put on
the glasses, the better it got. My mind no longer wandered when I began to
meditate. The pulses of light that flashed on my eyelids distracted me
from focusing on anything but the colors. And before I knew it, my body
was beginning to tingle into that numbing feeling that is only achieved
during deep meditative states. These funky glasses helped me to experience
what I thought only monks and spiritual gurus could achieve. And now I
finally get it; I get what all the hubbub is about regarding meditation.
If you've studied
meditation techniques at all, you know that most teachers recommend that
you focus on your breathing. This is a great way to keep your thoughts on
one focus rather than thinking about your bills, your to-do list and what
you should have said, but didn't, at the meeting yesterday. However,
people like me who live in our heads need something extra, something
beyond focusing on our breath. Our minds are so busy that our ability to
focus on our breathing is weak and undisciplined. That's where
photostimulation has the edge. Rather than disciplining my mind to focus
on my breathing, the photostimulation device commands my attention,
thereby taking my focus away from my mind-chatter and onto the pulsating
lights. Incredibly, what once seemed impossible now comes easy.
If youíre interested in
trying the RelaxMate II, I highly recommend it. Youíll be glad to know
that it uses the specific bandwidth of pulse frequencies and color chroma
that were determined to be most effective in the extensive research of Dr.
Norman Shealy on ďphotostimulation.Ē Photostimulation is the use of
therapeutic light pulsed at specific frequencies. And Iím not the only
person who loves this machine. Apparently, 30,000 people used Dr.
Shealyís light pulsing machine and 90 percent of them entered a deep
state of relaxation within only 10 minutes. However, according to his
research, if you use it for 30 to 40 minutes per day, itís demonstrated
to offer such benefits as lower stress, improved digestion, migraine
relief, reduced stress-related illness, and the proper mind/body states to
lower blood pressure. Not bad for a little machine that fits in your
purse, briefcase or coat pocket.
If youíve tried to get
into meditation but havenít had much luck with it because your mind
wanders all over the place, you might do what I did and check out this
effective, yet simple, photostimulation device. Try it with and without
music; they both work. To me, itís where technology meets spirituality.
To others, it assists us in achieving what Dr. Herbert Benson called,
ďThe Relaxation Response.Ē All I know is that itís made all the
difference for me, and Iím now someone who actually meditates regularly
and achieves that mind-calming, body-numbing state that I once only read
about in books.
P.S. If youíre
wondering about the cost, this is the most amazing part: The RelaxMate II
costs less than two massages at a spa. Heck, less than one massage at some
spas. Follow the link below for purchase details and to buy right online.
This is where I got mine. And just in case youíre wondering, I donít
get a commission. I simply like to inform our readers at OfSpirit.com
about the best products and services I discover for personal and spiritual
growth and healing. Click
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