In an ongoing effort to become more mindful and take advantage of deep relaxation amidst our chaotic lives, here is a Scientific American article which explains of our different brain waves and examples of when we find ourselves in each.

The author and researcher, Anna Wise, has two excellent books which further outline the different brain wave traits and provides meditations on how to increase the states, depending on your goal.  For example, if you are studying for an exam you would want to increase Beta, but if you are meditating and would like to work with guided imagery this would increase your alpha waves and may, or may not, engage Beta – depending on the meditation.