Nov 27

How Meditation Benefits the Brain

I recently read a very interesting article about how researchers at Yale university have shown how people who meditate on a regular basis can switch off areas of their brain which operate in the “default mode network”, which is linked to largely self-centred thinking.

The researchers suggest that by “tuning out” the “me” thoughts, meditators develop a new default mode, which is more present-centred.

Meditation can also help deal with a variety of health problems, from quitting smoking, to coping with cancer…

 


 

How Meditation Benefits The Brain

Medical News Today

Published November 23, 2011

Written by Catharine Paddock PhD
Copyright: Medical News Today

 

A new brain imaging study led by researchers at Yale University shows how people who regularly practise meditation are able to switch off areas of the brain linked to daydreaming, anxiety, schizophrenia and other psychiatric disorders. The brains of experienced meditators appear to show less activity in an area known as the “default mode network”, which is linked to largely self-centred thinking. The researchers suggest through monitoring and suppressing or “tuning out” the “me” thoughts, meditators develop a new default mode, which is more present-centred.

 

A report of their findings is due to be published online this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

 

Meditation can help deal with a variety of health problems, from quitting smoking, to coping with cancer, and even preventing psoriasis, one of the researchers said in a statement. For this study, they wanted to look further into the neurological mechanisms that might be involved.

 

Lead author Judson A. Brewer, assistant professor of psychiatry at Yale, and colleagues, used fMRI (functional magnetic resonance imaging) scans to observe the brains of both novice and experienced meditators as they practised three different forms of meditation.

 

They found that the experienced meditators, regardless of the type of meditation they practised, seemed able to switch off the default mode network, which has been linked to lapses of attention, and disorders such as attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and anxiety. This part of the brain, comprising the medial prefrontal and posterior cingulate cortex, has also been linked to the accumulation of beta amyloid plaques in Alzheimer’s disease

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Inner Peace

 

Inner Peace is something which has been coming up quite a bit for me lately.

 

Do you get going so fast sometimes that you do not stop to appreciate the one person who has the ultimate effect on your life? The person who appears in the mirror every morning. We all get so many messages from the media, others and even that incessant internal dialogue which runs its story line for us every day about what isn’t so great about us, or about our life that we forget about being our own best friend.

 

How often do we stop and take inventory of what we are doing right in the world? How often do we appreciate our good points? Take just a few moments and thank yourself for one good thing about you, one thing you did right today, one person who smiled because of you, one shift you made in making your world become a world you want to be part of. Take the time to thank yourself and be in gratitude for one (or more) of your good qualities. If you do this you will create a moment of Inner Peace for yourself. Then watch how things around you begin to change!
You are unique in all the world, no one else has exactly your thoughts, exactly your experiences and no one else has lived life in exactly the way you have. One step each of us can take to widen our circle of compassion is to learn to embrace who we are today. We are part of the beauty of nature. When we create a space for us to feel happier about who we are, the rest of the world can enjoy the feeling of peace we create in that one moment of appreciation.

 

 

One Human BE-ing in all the universe. In Joy!

 

“A human being is a part of the whole, called by us ‘Universe,’ a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts, and feelings as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. Nobody is able to achieve this completely, but the striving for such achievement is in itself a part of the liberation and a foundation for inner security.”

~ Albert Einstein

 

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Nov 22

Meditation as Complementary Therapy

 

The Hows and Whys of Meditation as Complementary Therapy

This article will assist you if you are considering complimentary energy healing sessions as an addition to Traditional Medical treatment for an illness or disease.

 

As with any profession, there are energy healers who are highly trained, and those who are less highly trained. At this time, there are no guaranteed ways to know if the energy healer you have chosen is going to be helpful or not. Furthermore, there really is no concrete way of knowing an experienced energy healer from someone who is just beginning on their journey. You will need to rely on the integrity of the energy healer you have chosen to be honest with you about their experience level.

 

Someone who has successfully assisted hundreds or thousands of clients vs. someone who rarely practices their modality and has just opened their practice:

Then sometimes you will find an energy healer who may be just beginning on their journey as a healing practitioner. He or she may have a natural ability that outstrips a healer with lots of training, but not as much natural energy flow. Until you develop your own level of discernment, it can be expensive learning who will be helpful and who will not be.

 

The other factor rests solely in your hands, are you willing to accept the healing?

 

Someone who has strong doubts can block even the most practiced energy healer. Through the power of their own intention to “not believe” or because of a subconscious agenda to keep an illness, people can block the healing. For instance, someone who is getting extra attention due to poor health may sub-consciously not want to give up the illness. This sub-conscious belief that they are not aware of would also mean that they would have to give up the attention they are receiving when they let go of the illness.

 

I have personally had the experience of clients who say they are open to the gift of energy healing, only to feel them then slam the energetic door moments after the energy begins to flow into them. The opposite is also true; a strong belief can boost the ability of an energy healer considerably in your favor as you willingly allow the energy to flow to you, and accept it fully.

 

These steps are very useful in generating reliable and positive energy healing:

  • Energy occurs in the context of the entire person—body, mind, and spirit. The diagnostic and treatment tools of traditional and complementary medicine, high quality nutrition, positive environment, exercise, and psychological and spiritual guidance all may be powerful healing avenues. Please obtain medical attention if needed.
  • Approach healing with unconditional love, defined as love unbounded by the personality of the sender or receiver. This opens the heart, unleashing the most powerful energy from which to do healing, and softens the ego, which can restrict full energy flow.
  • Healing can transcend time/space if one believes this is possible. There is no need to be in the same physical place as the recipient for healing to be effective.
  • It is helpful for both the sender and receiver to affirm that healing can be instant and complete, or can unfold in the best way.
  • Rituals, such as a healing space and doing healing according to a methodology, can be helpful in focusing intent and creating confidence, but are not essential.
  • It is respectful to have consent. If this is not possible then ask permission from your higher self to the receiver’s higher self.
  • While you may focus on a desired outcome, also hold that the energy will result in this outcome or something better, as we do not know what is best.
  • Illness can be present for many sacred purposes including as a teacher, and as an imbalance that is being rebalanced. It has been said that the purpose of prayer is to cure illness but at times the purpose of illness might be to initiate prayer.

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Nov 22

Why Meditation?

Meditation, a Shortcut to a Happier, More Fulfilled, and Stress-Free Life

 

Discover a revolutionary technology that lets you experience all the benefits of deep meditation in a matter of minutes, practice will be held every Monday night at Self Connections Bookstore.

 

If you have never meditated or are just wanting to have an opportunity to practice with a group this is your chance.

 

Meditation has been proven to have many health benefits

  • Access your own deep inner resources for learning, growing and healing
  • Enrich your experience of everyday living by being fully present in the moment
  • Reduce stress by responding creatively rather than reacting mindlessly
  • Bring greater clarity and understanding to everything you do
  • Function more effectively within your apparent limitations and problems by cultivating your fundamental strengths
  • Re-establish contact with your physical body to heighten and expand experiences of pleasure and vitality
  • Reduce or overcome addictive or self-destructive behavior patterns
  • Develop a strong daily meditation practice

 

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Please come out and join us, these classes will be held every Monday night starting in 2013 at Self Connection Bookstore 125, 4611 Bowness Road NW, Calgary, AB. If you are not in Calgary or would like to join us through a virtual link please send me an email and I will send you the signup credentials so that you can join us online!

 

We will be discussing meditation, how to’s and answering questions from 6:30 -7:15 then at 7:15 we will do a joint meditation for 30-45 minutes depending on the meditation track which is chosen for that nights class.

 

I love being an Outreach Facilitator with the Monroe Institute. Having attended a number of programs at TMI has shifted me in many areas of my life. From self esteem issues to levels of trusting in my own judgements. From battles with depression to feeling happiness most of the time. I have shifted from a place of not loving myself to a place where I am now capable of loving both myself and others in a more “unconditional” manner than I was ever able to achieve in the time before I attended TMI.

 

Wisdom is defined as deep understanding and realization of people, things, events or situations, resulting in the ability to apply perceptions, judgements and actions in keeping with this understanding. It often requires control of one’s emotional reactions (the “passions”) so that universal principles, reason and knowledge prevail to determine one’s actions. Wisdom is also the comprehension of what is true coupled with optimum judgment as to action. Synonyms include: sagacity, discernment, or insight.

 

Being an avid reader of many subjects involving self-improvement and being a seeker of knowledge, I have gained a lot of knowledge. Going to the Monroe Institute and being in an environment where Meditation was practiced for long periods of time I have gained much in the ways of Wisdom.

 

Theta and Delta ….We attain these states of mind during deep sleep. The question is… how do you achieve this state of mind during waking consciousness? More importantly, how do you use it to overcome your limitations and challenges, triumph over your unwanted habits and negative thought patterns, and enrich certain aspects of your life?

 

Imagine being able to rewire yourself, without spending thousands of dollars on a professional hypnotherapist.  Join me for Meditation Mondays!

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