This month I’ve been learning more about and listening to Binaural Beats.
Plus I discovered www.treehugger.com (sustainability made stylish) where you can listen to 50 hours of 50 hours of nature courtesy of the BBC. I had to share it with you!
What are Binaural Beats?
Binaural beats were originally discovered in 1839 by physicist Heinrich Wilhelm Dove.
He discovered when signals of two different frequencies are presented separately, one to each ear, your brain detects the phase variation between the frequencies and tries to reconcile that difference.
In doing so, as the two frequencies mesh in and out of phase, your brain creates its own third signal — called a binaural beat — which is equal to the difference between those two frequencies.
Research has proven that introducing a binaural beat will cause the brain to begin resonating in tune with that beat. By creating a binaural beat at 10 Hz — an Alpha frequency — you can trigger your brain to resonate at that same 10 Hz frequency, automatically inducing brain activity in the Alpha range. This same technique can be used to quickly and easily guide your mind into any state.
When your brain begins to resonate with the binaural beat, or “follow” the beat, this effect is called the Frequency Following Response. This phenomenon was thoroughly researched and tested in 1973 by biophysicist Gerald Oster at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. His research on binaural beats and the Frequency Following Response was published in Scientific American and paved the way for further development in the area of auditory stimulation to enhance brain functioning.
Since that time, binaural beat technology has been endorsed by scores of doctors and scientists around the world.
By introducing a precise harmonically layered blend of frequencies to your brain via audio technology, you can effortlessly achieve powerful states of focused concentration, deep relaxation and more, all while stimulating parts of your brain to work together in synchronisation.
BBC Earth has launched five 10-hour “visual soundscape” videos after research finds that nature footage boosts bliss.
There has been so much research linking nature and happiness; it’s becoming more and more evident that a dearth of trees and fresh air does not do a mind and body good. But could even just watching nature on a screen have similar positive outcomes?
According to a new study from BBC Earth and the University of California, Berkeley the answer is yes. Now of course, BBC Earth is in the business of bringing the natural world to the screen, but nonetheless, the research revealed that watching nature documentaries not only “inspired significant increases in feelings of awe, contentedness, joy, amusement and curiosity, but that it also acted to reduce feelings of tiredness, anger and stress.”
While it may be hard to imagine that seeing mountains on television could have the same effect as seeing mountains right in front of you, maybe there’s something to it. Regardless, it’s the impetus behind BBC Earth’s Real Happiness Project, a mission to “bring real happiness to as many people as possible by improving their connection to the natural world.”
One of the initiatives in the project has been the creation of “visual soundscapes,” which are comprised of soothing footage from Planet Earth II outtakes. Think of them as long meditative journeys through specific landscapes; and while they don’t really demand attention in the watching-a-documentary sense, they provide another way to have some nature in your day. I don’t know about you, but I can tell you right now that 10 hours of relaxing jungle sounds is a whole lot better than 10 hours of new-condo-being-built-across-the-street-from-my-house sounds.
Bottom line: If you can’t soar across the mountains in person, an armchair adventure might be your next best bet. Given the extraordinary power of nature, it’s surely worth a shot.