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Omni-Sync is a product of 42 South Productions. The Omni-Sync website contains a range of meditation resources.

Free Samples

I’m always impressed when a producer of Meditation products provides a free sample. It’s a clear indication that they believe in their product. You can obtain a free 20 minute sample of Omni-Sync by clicking on this link..

What’s in the Omni-Sync System?

LifeFlow meditation consists of a series of 10 levels, each of which contains a 1 hour meditation track. The levels are numbered from 1 to 10. You begin meditating with level 1 and work through to level 10. level 1 indicates a frequency of 10 HZ (high alpha), where-as level 10 indicates a frequency of 1 HZ (low delta).

Since Alpha is the easiest entrainment state to achieve, you begin with level 1. Rex Bunn, the developer of Omni-Sync, recommends that new meditators use each level for 30 to 60 days before progressing to the next level.

Each level of Omni-Sync comes in three different formats: music, nature sounds and white noise. You can choose which format you like each time you meditate.

Multiple entrainment tones

The folks at 42 South Productions are keen for you to know that their product, unlike many other entrainment CDs around today, does not rely solely on Binaural Beats as the means of entrainment. Omni-Sync also contains monaural and isochronic tones, which are gaining a reputation as a significantly more effective entrainment medium than binaural beats used alone. The three entrainment media are structured in a harmonically linked matrix.

Recommendation

I have no hesitation in recommending this product. I use it myself on a regular basis, and have found it to do everything Rex Bunn claims it will do.

Pink lotus blossomsThis is a book about many different meditation strategies. Research has shown that as you change you may also need to vary your meditation strategy or technique. The author, Morgan Rosenberg holds a graduate degree in physics and wrote  If You Can Breathe, You Can Meditate as a stand-alone guide to healthful rather then esoteric meditation techniques. The book focuses on a secular audience and is very easy to read with lots of reading references to other sources.

In addition to steering the reader through the many meditation techniques Rosenberg also places emphasis on ways to help us ‘let go’ and become non-attached in our modern world.

And what a great title!

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I love this article. It shows how we can change our lives dramatically, let go of what we know and hold dear and be happy. Agence France-Presse writes in the Oman Tribune that French geneticist-turned-ascetic Matthieu Ricard is the happiest person in the world.  He is seen grinning serenely with burgundy robes billowing  in the fresh Himalayan wind.

Now a Tibetan Buddhist monk living in the Himalayas, the  molecular geneticist and confidant of the Dalai Lama, says  meditation can alter the brain and increase happiness.  He makes a comparison with the way lifting weights puts on muscle. He believes the mechanism of happiness and suffering can be understood through a science  of the mind.

“It’s a wonderful area of research because it shows that meditation is not just blissing out under a mango tree but it completely changes your brain and therefore changes what you are,” the Frenchman said.

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Richard Schiffman the Huffington Post on  film,  Room to Breath, by director Russell Long was filmed in a public school in San Francisco. The chosen school was one of the largest in the area,  and had the highest suspension rate in the city. Schiffman, who has worked as a Teachers Aid realises just how hard it is for kids to learn and concentrate in a world filled with video, computer games, texting and websites. He also knows how difficult it is for teachers to teach when much of their time is given just to ‘keeping the peace”.

The film opens with chaotic scenes of pencil throwing, squabbling kids and follows one of the classes as they are introduced to a new program called “mindfulness”, described as ‘bare-bones meditation in which attention is focused on bodily sensations’ commencing with the breath.  The program is being introduced into many other schools nationwide and aims ‘to give students “tools and skills” to tame the disorder within their own minds.’

The film recorded some very positive results. Schiffman points out that the kids who are calm and happy are the ones who will learn.

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Rainbow ringThere are many practical reasons why we meditate; it calms our anxiety, helps us to concentrate, be more self-aware and mindful of our thoughts and actions. It also helps us to live well in other ways; to be more compassionate to our fellow creatures and more connected to others and our environment. To me, meditation is like a gateway to a new and better life and there are other things we can do to assist this inner growth that go beyond but are connected to meditation. Below is an interesting

Bodhipaksa writes “Meditation is a cool means of transformation, and essential as part of our practice, but the Buddha offered much, much more.” His article points out the pitfalls of putting too much ego into our meditation; placing too much emphasis on the process of meditation eg. how I sit, where I sit, what I felt.  Five of the Buddha’s precepts to lead an enlightened life are outlined in the article. They are simple and practical and require discipline and mindfulness (thats where meditation comes in). I thought I could hear echoes of Socrates.

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Yoga group practice on matsThis is a very interesting article about how the corporate world is beginning to encourage meditation and yoga practice for employees. One such organisation employing about 3000 people on one site, General Mills, has meditation and yoga rooms in every building. Employees can take advantage of a few quiet minutes between meetings to settle their minds and bodies as well as take part in group meditation and yoga practice.

The program has been running for seven years and its purpose is to bring ‘mindfulness’ into the workplace. People are encouraged to train their minds to be more focused, clear and creative and to be connected to the whole. Compassion for oneself and others is central to this Buddhist based practice.

If you would like to read more and perhaps integrate some aspect into your own workplace just click on the link below.

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This is yet another report on the benefits of meditation. More and more people in the western world,”not just tree huggers and ultra-yogis”, are looking to meditation as a means of coping with our stressful lives. This article outlines the changes that occur in our brain with regular meditation and how his benefits many aspects of our lives, including memory, attention span, and information processing. Interestingly this article also notes the importance of finding a meditation technique that is right for you.

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Well if we needed more scientific proof that meditation is actually helping us feel better then – here it is.

In the January 2011 issue of Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging, a study found that people who meditated for about 30 minutes a day for eight weeks had measurable changes in the density of gray-matter responsible for information processing in our brains. Parts of the brain where the increase occurred are associated  with memory, sense of self, empathy and stress.

Eight weeks is not a long time to achieve such astonishing results. The site providing this information also provides some very good links to assist with your meditation practice.

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I am particularly interested in this article because of my own meditation practice experience.  I no longer have to feel ‘guilty’ if I choose a different method!

Explorhands of woman meditatinge: The Journal of Science and Healing,” has confirmed that it is important to choose the style of meditation that suits you.  I guess this could also mean that meditation practitioners might want to change their style over time as they themselves change.

According to Adam Burke, author of the study, professor of Health Education at SF State, and the director of SF State’s Institute for Holistic Health Studies finding a practice that is the most comfortable for the individual has a lot to do with someone sticking with their meditation practice.

Burke compared four popular meditation methods: Mantra, Mindfulness, Zen and Qigong Visualization using 247 participants.  Each participant learned all four techniques and then chose the one preferred practice.  If an individual is not comfortable with a specific method for any reason, he noted, they may be less likely to continue meditating and would lose out on such benefits as reduced stress, lower blood pressure or even treatment for addiction.

“If someone is exposed to a particular technique through the media or a healthcare provider, they might assume because it’s popular it’s the best for everyone,” Burke said. “But that’s like saying because a pink dress or a blue sport coat is popular this year, it’s going to look good on everybody. In truth, different people like different things. One size does not fit all.”

The site publishing the research also provides a link to a useful article about choosing the meditation style that suits you.

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