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review 2020-06-29 00:23
Altered Traits

I read many dull research papers in school. Since then I’ve concluded that research oriented psychologists can’t write, while therapy oriented psychologists don’t understand science. I’ve changed my view. Authors, Daniel Goleman and Richard J. Davidson, are both able researchers and writers.

 

This is great. I’ve read far too much well done research that doesn’t say much and far too much self-help psychology that cherry picks science.

 

The authors spent decades studying meditation, and are honest enough to say where their research was poorly designed or flawed. They began their research in the 1970s before tools such as fMRI and SPECT became available and learned a lot over their years.

 

Books about science and fiction by Steig Larrson can be repetitive. That’s necessary sometimes. While reading this book, expect repetition. It’s worth it: this is the definitive book on meditation research.

 

The authors discuss research into three types of meditation, “focusing on breathing; generating loving kindness; and monitoring thoughts without getting swept away by them.” Each of the three meditations can cause mental changes, some brief and some lasting. While breath or mantra meditators requires multiple sessions before change can be noticed, loving kindness meditation brings results after only a single session.

 

Temporary changes, while interesting, are not the same as altered traits. These require years of meditation. Yogis who’ve spent decades practicing the third type of meditation have yielded astonishing findings. “Gamma, the very fastest brain wave occurs during moments when differing brain regions fire in harmony, like moments of insight when different elements of a mental puzzle ‘click’ together.” Gamma wave activity lasts only a fifth of a second for most people, but some yogis can generate gamma waves for minutes at a time, even in their sleep. I’d love to know what’s on their minds. Guess I should meditate more.

 

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text 2020-06-25 07:10
Stress dealing- how today stress impact not only today but our future also!!

The word ‘stress’ itself stresses the mind. The emotion of stress has tagged along our lives since very long. In the modern era, every individual is under stress most of the time in life. But, if this continues then one might end up in the mouth of death. Basically, why are we stressed, and what accounts this being?

What causes stress?

Stress is triggered at different levels, for different reasons and varies from person to person. Work stress tops the list in countries like Japan and the United States. Other reasons could be life stresses that may have a bigger impact like death of a loved one, divorce, chronic illness or a traumatic event. Factors like fear, uncertainty, attitudes, perceptions, unrealistic expectations or change can provoke stress.

Stress is directly proportional to poor health

There is a response called ‘fight or flight’ which is triggered, when the body is in stressful situation, and nervous system springs in this action by releasing hormones to prepare to fight. Due to this the heart speed and breathing fastens, while your muscle tense and sweat. If this process is activated for a longer duration, then it may lead to serious illness. The constant rush of stress hormones will put lot of wear and tear on the body, causing it to age soon and make it prone to sickness.

Signs of stress

A temporary stress or short period condition will show some physical signs like headache, fatigue, difficulty in sleeping, poor concentration, upset stomach and irritability. While, a long term stress, if not addressed properly, can lead to some serious health conditions such as, depression, high blood pressure, arrhythmia (abnormal heartbeat), atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), heart disease or heart attack, ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome, weight gain or loss, changes in sex drive, fertility problems and skin problems like acne, eczema or psoriasis. Consult a doctor for the above mentioned symptoms and avail your medicines from any best medicine app in India.

Modern reasons for modern stress

Attention please

The constant need to seek attention and avoid the feeling of missing out, is the prime reason of stress especially among the young generations. And, there’s a niche for everything including Facebook and Instagram, as to 'fit' into a niche. With improvements in technology everyone is typically tethered to their phones. Most of them are connected via social media, which has its upside and its downside.

Being on toes

Hyped competitions in every field has put each individual in lot of pressure to succeed. The problem is that we’re fooled into thinking that we need to do everything, and all at the same time.

Priorities matter

In the process of doing lot of things or in the urge of multitasking, we forget to prioritize things or people. This can result in feeling a lack of achievement or accomplishment and this, together with a heightened workload, is a recipe for burnout.

Wrong stress mechanism

Poor stress mechanisms are drinking alcohol, eating fatty comfort foods, having a shot of caffeine or sugar. It may also include practice of stress mechanism infrequently like going for a long run once a week, going for a relaxing massage once every three weeks.

Polluting world to polluting minds

There is pollution everywhere and each of its type has an impact on mind and body. Like, noise pollution affects our ability to hear ourselves think, air pollution damage our well being.

What to do?

Will detoxing from digital devices avail relief? Or stop concentrating on goals and forgetting about the competition in the world, help? Stress is an inevitable part of a busy and modern life. However, we need to be on top of our game when it comes to our basic building blocks as, we don’t combat stress, or our health will itself reinforce the stress that we experience. Don’t fall prey to social media influencers as no one is posting their success stories in it. Seek medical health if required and buy medicine online in Delhi.

Ending note

Stress is not a disease but an emotion, if prolonged can cause various illness. Nobody is perfect or are leading a life without problems. We are all on the same boat but moving in different wavelength and speed. So, relax and manage your work and personal life in balance or according to your convenience. Life is boring without the flavor of stress but, never make it part of your daily life.

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url 2020-03-21 07:51
Yoga in Rishikesh | D'VINE YOGA

D'vine Yoga provides Yoga Alliance Certified Yoga Teacher Training in Rishikesh, India.
The Yoga TTC is open to anyone with a sincere desire for knowledge and personal development.

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text 2020-03-11 05:26
Sound Bath Meditation London: What Can You Gain From It?

Given the stress and anxiety you have to go through due to your hectic schedules, it is important to always look for ways to relax and unwind. Most people opt for meditation to cope up with their active lives as well as enhance their physical and mental wellbeing. One of the most prominent ways of meditating is signing up for a sound bath meditation London based session. This type of meditation is believed to be therapeutic and stress relieving, perfect for people who want to find peace of mind. But what is it, and how is it practised?

What is a sound bath meditation?

Also called as gong baths, this kind of meditation utilises pleasant gong sounds to help people meditate. People will be asked to make themselves comfortable by laying down on meditation mats with blankets as well as pillows and shut their eyes. First, the sound of the gong allows everyone to deeply loosen up and enjoy imaginative thoughts or daydreams. After that, individuals would get into their meditation and calm state that enhances the capacity of a person to comprehend fast. Lastly, they'll fall in a deep sleep, which enhances their natural ability to heal diseases.

In a sound bath meditation London based session, an instructor will delicately hit the gongs to make a rhythmic sound that gradually increases as the session carries on. The instruments used in this meditation generate monotonous notes at various wavelengths. The blend of tempos and wavelengths changes a person’s brainwaves to different states so that people can thoroughly meditate. Some instructors who carry out gong meditation sessions can also use cymbals or gemstone bowls to produce sound rather than gongs.

As soon as the session is finished, the instructor will advise participants to drink plenty of water to eliminate all toxins from their body. The health benefits of a gong bath usually last for the following couple of days, depending on the individual.

What are its health advantages?

Gong meditation sessions can strengthen the overall wellbeing of an individual. That is why a lot of clinics and hospitals are providing therapies that utilise sound to treat people.

Gong meditation has benefits on the emotional wellbeing of a person. This can help eliminate stress and conquer emotional blockage so you can experience sensations normally as well as think clearly before making decisions. Gong baths are also effective when you desire to avoid unhealthy insights that may lead to depression and anxiety disorders. What's more, this type of emotional therapeutic procedure stimulates natural healing, happiness, sharp memory and concentration, energy, and so on.

Besides its mental benefits, gong baths also have a great effect on a person’s physical health. Based on research, the sound that gongs produce may deteriorate and eventually wipe out cancer cells in your body. Gong baths can also reduce physiological signs of stress, like cortisol, systolic blood pressure, and so on. The additional advantages also include enhancing the immune system, digestion, and endorphin levels of an individual.

For people who constantly deal with a busy and stressful life, meditation is necessary to take care of their emotional and physical condition. If you want to meditate through pleasant gong sounds, trying out sound bath meditation London based sessions is recommended. That way, you can naturally rejuvenate your health and mind as well as to have a comforting and an enjoyable experience.



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text 2020-02-06 12:44
This Is How Meditation Has Helped Me Throughout My Life
kundalini yoga meditation
 

I am a 76-year-old grandmother and have been practising Sahaja Yoga for 34 years.  A young boy from Chennai said, “Aunty, whoever talks about you says you are very strong”.  “Yes, I am strong, but not like a wrestler”. I am mentally and spiritually strong, and that is because of my honest and sincere practice of Sahaja Yoga.  It has taught me everything. How to be good and strong, how to keep healthy, and how to be a person whom everybody wants to meet and know.

From the day I joined I have followed all the teachings of Sahaja Yoga very obediently, without any doubts or questions.  We are not asked to do difficult things like fasting, giving up family, being very sober and not going for parties or movies.  BUT we must live a moral life and avoid all things that are wrong and sinful. How will we know?

The day you get realisation, the Divine Energy of the Kundalini starts spreading into all the cells of the body and starts cleaning us from inside.  

All this dirt must be removed, so we are taught to sit with our feet in a bucket of salt water. The water element takes it all out.

We are also taught to sit in meditation early in the morning, because between 4:30 and 6:00 am is Brahma Muhurtham, when the divine rays are very strong, and the flowers open, and birds sing.  This is my daily routine. Sometimes I may feel pinpricks on my fingers and palms. They told me in the Centre that these are signs that there is some disturbance in a Chakra. Every chakra has a nerve ending on a fingertip, and according to the finger, we can know which chakra is in trouble.

I even learnt that on every chakra a reflection of God has a seat, and every chakra has qualities that we have to follow.  Like the chakra at the neck is the place of Shri Krishna, and the qualities there are to speak sweetly to everyone. If I have been rude and bossy, and hurt anyone’s feelings, this chakra will get disturbed and I will feel it on a finger.

Not only this, but we also learn how to repair any damage that we may do by our bad behaviour, or by harming others.  So, we are always alerting to find out our mistakes and correct ourselves.

So regular practice of Sahaja Yoga makes me a better person.  

I do not get angry, so I do not get blood pressure or tension headaches.  I am always happy with what I have, so I don’t try to do cheating and fraud to gather money or property.  I do not speak rudely to anyone in my house – my husband, my children, my grandchildren, or the people who come and help us in the house.

I am not strict about what time I eat, what time I sleep, or any other requirement.  But I am regular with my meditation, my foot soaking, and attending the collective programs in the Centre. I learnt how to balance myself!

Source: sahajayoga-kar.org
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