Last week, two University of Oregon scientists published new research confirming and expanding upon previous findings from a 2010 study which supported the benefits of a Chinese meditation technique known as integrative body-mind training (IBMT). The paper, authored by Eugene scientists Yi-Yuan Tang and Michael Posner, appears in the online Early Edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. It documents findings proving the benefits of meditation on two levels. In the concrete physical dimension, the brains of subjects who consistently meditated for a month showed an increase in axonal density, or signaling connections, and growth of the protective fatty tissue known as myelin.
The Triangle Flow Breathing Room allows you to create a breath flow that is used to bring focus and clarity while following the diagram of an equilateral triangle. First you inhale a count of seven, hold the breath in for a count of seven and then exhale for a count of seven. The three even counts of seven make a triangular flow. This flow brings about focus and clarity, calmness and tranquility after just breathing for a few minutes but feel free to go as long as you like. <p style="text-align:right;color:#A8A8A8"></p>
The Buddha was the smartest psychologist I've ever read. More than 2,500 years ago he was teaching people about the human mind so that they might understand themselves better and discover that there was a way out of suffering. Buddha wasn't a god or a messiah -- he was simply a very wise teacher with keen insights into human nature. He learned much by meditating and learning from his own experiences, as well as by observing the behavior of others. Buddha described the human mind as being filled with drunken monkeys, jumping around, screeching, chattering, carrying on endlessly.
( The one who does not judge , by h. koppdelaney ) There are many forms of introspection and mental training that go by the name of “meditation,” and I have studied several over the years. As I occasionally speak about the benefits of these practices, people often write to ask which I recommend. Given my primary audience—students of science, secularists, nonbelievers, etc.—these queries usually come bundled with the worry that most traditional teachings about meditation must be intellectually suspect.