Although binaural beats entrain the brain, which essentially means you simply have to be present enough to be listening to feel the effects, there are a few things you should consider doing to improve your binaural beats music experience.
If you're wondering how to use binaural beats these 6-steps will help you get the most out of your downloads.
1. Make Yourself Comfortable
Don’t force yourself to sit cross-legged if you find it uncomfortable. Doing so is great because it properly aligns the chakras and creates a well-balanced centre of gravity, but it’s pointless if you feel irritated in this position because of weight, long legs or general inflexibility.
If you don’t want to sit then lying down is fine. However, try to lie down in a place you aren’t used to sleeping. The reason for this is that you don’t want to fall asleep, unless of course you are using a recording designed to help you sleep, in which case you can lie on your bed.
2. Wear Baggy Clothing
Baggy clothes are great for meditation in general because they make you feel freer. Tight garments can make sitting or lying down awkward, and also make you more aware of your clothing.
This leads to distraction, which is what we are trying to eliminate for optimum effectiveness. Perhaps you have a favorite nightshirt or pair of slouch pants; put these on because your mind will associate wearing them with comfort and relaxation.
3. Turn Off Digital Devices
At the very least you probably own a mobile phone, and if you’re like many people, you might own a tablet and a laptop computer, too. Turn off any digital device that is likely to distract you from your meditation.
In theory you can listen to binaural beats while watching TV, cooking, working or surfing the web, but for optimum effectiveness you should try to settle your mind and be as present as possible.
Personally, I listen to concentration/focus-based recordings when I am working, but anything related to the cultivation of meditation and body healing, I free-up 30-minutes in my day and take time to bring my mind to a state of centered, balanced awareness.
4. Let People Know You Are Not To Be Disturbed
When using recordings like Astral Projection, the last thing you want when trying to activate your third eye is someone calling your name just as you’re about to leap into your astral body.
Such an endeavor take a fair amount of practice, and once the meditation is broken by distraction, you will need to wait a day or so before trying again. Avoid interruption by telling those around you that you are not to be disturbed for a specific duration.
5. Go Mobile To Broaden Listening Opportunities
When you download binaural beats you often do so to a desktop computer or laptop. This is because good recordings are fairly large in file size due to quality control.
However, just because you download the recordings onto your desktop or laptop computer, doesn’t mean you have to be restricted to listening to the music through this medium.
If you have an iPod or mp3 player then transfer the files to this device for mobile listening. This will enable you to listen outdoors and when travelling to different places.
The same applies to tablets (iPad and Android), which also provide binaural beats mobile freedom. You can also copy the recordings onto a CD for playback on a CD player, but remember you need to use headphones; so you’ll need a pair with a long headphone cord.
6. Set A Comfortable Listening Volume
Contrary to popular belief, binaural beats don’t need to be loud to be effective, and turning them up higher and higher won’t give you any listening advantage.
In fact, many tests have shown that the beats barely need to be audible to be effective. In light of this you should set a comfortable volume that requires no effort to hear, and at the same time doesn’t make listening uncomfortably loud.
The perfect setting would be loud enough to block out traffic noise from a main road less than 50 meters from your place of meditation.