Mindful Meditation for Brain Health

Meditation is a form of alternative medicine that has been associated with a number of benefits, specifically to the individual’s mental health, such as decreased stress levels and improved mood. Mindfulness, in particular, is a form of meditation that involves intense concentration and focus on the present.

Mindful meditation requires awareness of one’s thoughts and actions in the present, putting aside all thoughts of the past and the future.

Meditation In Holistic Care

No matter who you are, or the stresses you have in your life, mediation is a sure-fire way to improve wellbeing. Those who mediate will attest to its powers and mediation masters can literally detach themselves from any type of chaos and outside noise by simply going into their minds and a meditative state.

Enlightenment is often experienced by those who mediate and is it brings them close to their internal feelings and who they are.

In holistic medicine, meditation is often used to treat those with anxiety, depression, and stress. It can help relax, calm and give a truly 100% natural and effective treatment method that has many health benefits.

Here are some key points to remember when performing mindful meditation:

• Be aware of your own breathing pay attention to the sensation of air entering your nostrils and leaving your mouth, and the rise and fall of your belly.
• Let each thought come and go, without suppressing or ignoring each of them. Stay calm and focus on your breathing.
• If you get distracted, simply follow your thoughts without being too hard on yourself.

Mindful Meditation Evidenced-Based Study

A recent study published in the “Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences” online journal suggested that a few hours of mindful meditation or integrative body-mind training can help improve mood, self-control, and response to stress.

The study, which was published on June 11, 2012, involved 68 undergraduates from the Dalian University of Technology in China. The students were divided into relaxation training and meditation training groups. Each of the group underwent either a 30-minute relaxation training or integrative body-mind training over a period of two weeks, totaling 5 hours of training for each group.

Researchers of this study have found changes in the brain’s “white matter”- a part of the brain’s anterior cingulate cortex after performing mindful meditation after just a short period. These changes weren’t observed in the brains of those who underwent relaxation training. None of the participants from both groups had any previous meditation training experience.

A non-invasive, MRI-based technology known as diffusion tensor imaging was used to see the white matter in the brains of the students, together with other imaging technology that measures the white matter’s ability to adapt and change.

The researchers focused on certain areas of the brain that were most susceptible to these physical changes, and measured these areas before and after mindful meditation training.

The white matter is an area in the brain that affects how it learns, and coordinates and relays information among the various brain regions. According to the authors, understanding the white matter with training, learning, and human development can potentially prevent various mental conditions such as anxiety, ADHD, depression, borderline personality disorder, schizophrenia, and even addiction, disorders that all involved the anterior cingulate cortex of the brain.

The most common problem with meditation, just like with any other alternative form of medicine is that scientific evidence is often lacking.

People who have practiced meditation may have been “conditioned” to feel positive about the therapy, and thus have responded favorably to the training.

This study, however, offers a quantifiable result that is actually based on scientific evidence. Because the real structural changes that the brain went through were observed and measured, this discovery study opens up a number of new possibilities in the world of alternative medicine.

 

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Being Fully Alive

Shortly after I moved to Maui last summer someone handed me a sheet of paper that delineated the “Symptoms of Inner Peace” (the author is unknown to me). These nine statements encourage one to live a life of great vibrancy and aliveness. I wish to share this inspiration with you:

  1. A tendency to think and act spontaneously and not from fears based on past experiences.
  2. An unmistakable ability to enjoy each moment.
  3. An increasing tendency to let things happen and not to make them happen.
  4. A loss of interest in judging other people.
  5. Frequent attacks of smiling.
  6. A loss of the ability to worry. (This is a very serious symptom.)
  7. Frequent overwhelming episodes of appreciation.
  8. Contented feelings of connectedness with others and nature.
  9. An increased susceptibility to the love extended by others as well as the uncontrollable urge to extend it.

Vibrant living is living your life in a way that makes you smile with the sheer joy of being alive. You remember that your purpose here is Divine and that you make a difference in the world by your mere presence.

It takes courage to live a life of radiant aliveness. It can be much easier to shut down the emotions or dull any physical pain with substances or activities than to live a life of trust and inner connectedness. Allow the force of life to flow through you in its perfection.

Open yourself to the depths of who you are which goes beyond all concepts of the mind. You will find yourself more at peace, more able to cope with life, more alive and more directed in your life.

These “Symptoms of Inner Peace” help to guide me to live a life of greater awareness and courage. May they help you in your awakening to who you really are which is life itself.

 

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Improving Digestive Health With Yoga

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Yoga is a taught practice to enhance well-being and set up the body for contemplation. “Yoga” starts in Sanskrit and signifies “Union.” Normally, we relate Yoga with the physical routine of Hatha Yoga, however there are mental and profound trains also.

With regards to recuperating the stomach related framework, physical Yoga postures can be unimaginably transformative. A portion of the stances might be uncomfortable at first. With practice, it gets to be less demanding and afterward in the long run a lifestyle.

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