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Meditation Is Important

Intense meditation practices help to achieve a harmony between body and mind. Meditation practices influence brain functions, induce various intrinsic neural plasticity events, modulate autonomic, metabolic, endocrine, and immune functions and thus mediate global regulatory changes in various behavioral states including sleep.

Here are certain fun facts about meditation

  1. Improves Brain Power : It increases gray matter. Brains scans of participants in a meditation stay by Yale. Harvard and Mass General Hospital showed increase in gray matter in parts of the brain, and that meditation may slow natural brain deterioration. The parts of the brain with increased gray matter thickness are related to attention and processing sensory input.
  2. Improves Brain Plasticity : A study of mindfulness meditation practitioners showed an increase in the number of neurons in the brain’s hippocampus (related to learning and memory) and a reduction in the volume of the amygdala (related to anxiety and stress) after just eight weeks. Similar studies have shown increases in the number of the neurons and neuronal connections in the right frontal cortex (concentration), the right insula (emotions), and the right parietal and temporal lobes (touch and sound). 
  3. Improves Sleep : Researchers reported that experienced meditators slept fewer hours than non-meditators and the general population, but were no less alert. Separate research has found that meditation may be an effective behavioral intervention in the treatment of insomnia. 
  4. Lowers Blood Pressure : In reviewing existing existing research, the American Heart Association in 2013 concluded that transcendental meditation lowers blood pressure. High blood pressure (hypertension) contributes to the hardening of the arteries, and to the developmental of heart failure. 

Still thinking if you should make meditation as a daily habit? Think again!!

Let me know your thoughts on meditation. Looking forward to your comments. 

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  1. Meditation is a wonderful thing. I have not be so faithful to it. I have had peaceful experiences in my life with it. It helps me be mindfulness to my surroundings and my life. It helps me deal with stress in my life. It also helps with my servere migraine issues. I have used meditation for my anxiety issues as well as how to go about depression. I will take use of your blog this morning. Thank you so much.

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    • Ah yes. Meditation practices help regulate mood and anxiety disorders. This is also the conclusion of over 20 randomized controlled studies taken from PubMed, PsycInfo, and the Cochrane Databases, involving the techniques of Meditation, Meditative Prayer, Yoga, Relaxation Response. Another research concludes that mindfulness meditation may be effective to treat anxiety to a similar degree as antidepressant drug therapy.

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  2. Meditation has a plethora of benefits, the issue is how do we meditate effectively.

    Counting your breaths is extremely difficult for most. Our goal is to focus and let thought dissipate, an empty focused mind.
    Counting or math is one of the highest forms of cognition and the opposite of our goal.

    I help people meditate in a mindfulness group. I use a simple model illustrating the four parts of the breath, inhale, pause, exhale, pause

    Meditation is extremely simple, not complex like many thing.

    I also encourage a person to listen intently, a second sense. Try to hear your inhale, exhale and heartbeat.

    Knowing what the goal is and having tools to reach them makes it much easier to learn.

    Most people try to practice with longer sits, perfect one, two or five Breath exercises work best. Perfect one breath and expand it

    Enjoy the journey

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    • There’s still much to discover, especially in terms of what is happening when the brain comprehends the present moment, and what other effects mindfulness might have on people. Research on the technique is still in its infancy, and the imprecision of brain imaging means researchers have to make assumptions about what different regions of the brain are doing.

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  3. Matthew Ricard got 17 monks to be hooked up to functional MRI evaluation

    They piped in babies crying thinking it would distract them.

    The opposite happened, it opened their compassion centers.

    The most powerful meditation was a pure loving kindness sit

    The left prefrontal cortex houses our joyful emotions and are lit up most when we meditate

    They know that the right hemisphere has no words, no judgment, right or wrong

    It is our creative side our intuition side

    There are different ways to focus

    I have found a visual model combined with an intense listening focus works best for those I teach

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  4. We are on this journey in harmony, not in competition

    Know that our issues stem from the ego we create and it’s constant need for approval and created thoughts

    I think I have a couple old videos saved on that post

    They are older but give you a better view

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  5. It took me two years in a zen center to reach an empty mind when I meditated

    I have helped people who achieved this same skill in 6 weeks

    I tell them we are trying to slow if heart down almost to stopping while listening I go to the exhales and inhales

    We can add what visually we see with eyes closed

    Counting breaths is a cognitive exercise which activated the left hemisphere
    Where meditation does not exist

    The right brain also only knows this present moment

    Has no knowledge of the past or future

    So happiness has one time zone, now

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  6. ❤️ I so agree… right now its tricky for me to find time to do it every day when I have a 3 year old who is like deodorant… but when I do its amazing…especially at sunrise….

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