New Blog, Fun App, Podcast Coming

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Hi there! I know it’s been a while since I’ve updated here, and I promise to get a podcast up soon. In the meantime, I wanted to tell you about my new column on Positive Psychology at Goodtherapy.org. I’ll be blogging there about tips and techniques from Positive Psychology, the science of well-being. Just google Goodtherapy, and search my name. The site has lots of interesting information from a number of experts.

In addition, I have fallen in love with an amazing, new, free smartphone app called Omvana. It has a number of free and inexpensive soundtracks to empower you and enhance a new or established meditation practice. There are inspirational speeches, guided meditation, nature sounds, relaxing musical compositions, and my favorite, binaural beat tracks. Binaural beats are two tones that, when played through headphones, produce a different sound in each of the listener’s ears. The slight difference between the frequency of tones in each ear creates a type of auditory phenomenon—a kind of three dimensional new tone that produces the illusion of beats within the listener’s head. Depending on the frequency of the tones played, the beats that are produced resonate at differing frequencies. It is believed that by listening to these frequencies, brain activity adjusts to match the pattern of the sound. Various brain wave patterns are associated with different kinds of activity; beta waves, for example, are associated with alertness, while theta waves are associated with deep relaxation. Listeners can choose between binaural beat tracks of different frequencies to increase energy, help with concentration, or achieve a state of calm. I have found that by listening to some of the binaural beat recordings on the Omvana app, I can rapidly achieve a state of deep meditation. You may want to grab a pair of headphones (both the over-the-ear type and in-ear earbuds will work) and check Omvana out for yourself.

As for my own podcasts, I’d love your feedback. What kinds of meditations or lessons would you like to hear? Please share your comments with me.

By Dr. Marla Cohen 04/27/2013 06:04 PM

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