Meditation: The Journey Home
Meditation and the Brain
In addition, EEG studies on Kriya yoga meditators have identified the following:
- There is a decrease in Alpha activity as Theta increases
- There is an increase in the EEG’s frequency called Beta activity
Beta brain waves are associated with activation and therefore, increased activity of brain locations where it is measured. In meditators this is found in brain pathways regulating attention, focus and concentration. In addition, when a Meditator has experiences that have a blissful or ecstatic component there is a large burst of beta in the left frontal lobe of the brain; an area associated with emotional regulation, positive mood and affect. With continued practice, the activation of this area of the brain contributes to feelings of well-being and emotional contentment that many meditators report.