If you have an iPhone or Android and use those little earbuds to groove to your favorite beats, you know how ineffective they can be at reducing the noise created by the outside world. And while you could spend hundreds of dollars on a set of noise canceling headphones, consider deepening your meditation practice and you could save yourself a few bucks.
Roni Caryn Rabin pens this latest NY Times post on a recent meditation study done at Harvard. According to Rabin, the study suggests that those who practice meditation fair better when it comes to regulating their brain’s alpha rhythms. Why is this important? Because alpha rhythms help to regulate communication between sensory input and the surrounding environment.
“If you’re reading something in a noisy environment and you want to be in a bubble, you might use your alpha rhythms like a volume knob, to turn down the volume on neurons that represent sound from the outside world,” said Catherine E. Kerr, a neuroscientist at Harvard Medical School and a co-author of the report, published April 21 in the journal Brain Research Bulletin. “We all do this to some extent, but it turns out that meditators become much more skilled at it.”
Read more from Rabin on using meditation to replace your noise canceling headphones here.