It’s been a massively lovely learning weekend for me. I’ve been to a neuroscience conference in London to get the latest information about amygdala depotentiation and delta waves. And I’ve gained some wonderful insights into our inner peace.
The amygdala is the part of your brain most associated with fears and other high emotions and long term memories. Depotentiation merely means taking away its power.
In a nutshell, it is a means of taking away traumatic memories encoded in your brain’s make-up by literally dissolving neural connections in your brain with targeted delta waves.
The cool thing about delta waves is that you don’t need a machine, nor a pill, we produce them naturally ourselves! We produce them in deep sleep and sometimes when we meditate. That’s what I’m talking about when I say at the beginning of the Meditation Room sessions “Taking 3 deep breaths helps to lower our brainwaves into a more meditative state.” Delta waves are some of the slowest waves in our brain and body. Think of them as a long languorous curvy line, as opposed to a more zig-zaggy beta wave line.
In its simplest form, when you are feeling stressed, traumatised or overwhelmed, relaxing into a more meditative state will immediately start to calm you. Try focusing your full attention on your breathing for a minute. Feel the breath going in and out. Listen to your breathing. Occupy that part of your mind that likes to talk by saying, ‘in’ and ‘out’ as you breathe. Add in some Havening (which is a technique I use with my clients that involves creating delta waves by using a stroking motion with your hands) and you’ll start to gain the inner peace you are looking for. Of course, it can be difficult meditate while you are thinking all those stressful thoughts – that’s why we practise. The more you do it, the easier it becomes. Plus you get the added bonus of feeling more peaceful and less stressed in general.
First published June 2019