5 Health Benefits of Daily Meditation According to Science. If there is one thing common in all of us, it is the flaming urge to be happy and satisfied in life.
Whether a crying baby, an insecure teenager, or a responsible family person, we all seek something that would comfort us. But the question is: Are we looking for happiness in the right place? Trinlay Rinpoche, an accomplished meditator and scholar, said that the real source of happiness lies in the clarity of thoughts. External factors can only be pleasurable as long as we are happy from the inside. According to Buddha, meditation trains the mind to “not dwell in the past or contemplate about the future.” This article is an effort to understand why meditation works so well and how we can resort to its benefits for becoming a better version of ourselves. A Look at the Benefits of Meditation Meditation establishes a secure connection between our internal and external worlds. 1. 2. 3. Meditation 101: A Beginner's Guide. The History and Origin of Meditation.
Which Style of Meditation is Best for You? As my long-time friend and colleague, neuroscientist Richie Davidson, and I worked on our book, Altered Traits: Science Reveals How Meditation Changes Your Mind, Body, and Brain, we looked at thousands of scientific studies that reveal the impact of meditation.
Not surprisingly, it turns out that some forms of meditation are more effective at promoting relaxation while other forms have a greater impact on relieving depression or the effects of trauma. Still others improve focus, and yet other types enhance compassion and kindness. To find out which practice is best for you, ask yourself these three questions: 1) What benefits are you looking for?
Do you hope to relax? 2) Which Type of Meditation Do You Practice? 3) How Often? Why Ask These Questions? Top 10 Reasons to Meditate. Top 5 Myths about Mindfulness Meditation. Do you know the myths about mindfulness and what is true or false about this swelling revolution?
Take a look at what I think are the top five myths about mindfulness. Note: There are plenty more, but I thought these top the charts. Myth #1: Mindfulness if for taking a time-out from life, quieting the mind and reducing stress. Truth: I think this is the #1 myth out there because it’s my experience that this is how people initially experience the practice. Can Meditation be Dangerous? This is a story of Zen master, professor, poet, and essayist, Louis Nordstrom.
Over 35 years ago Louis renounced his tenure as a professor in philosophy and robed up to begin his life as a monk. In an NY Times interview with Chip Brown, Nordstrom conveyed some insights into the connection between his trauma and abandonment as a child that revealed a hidden motive in his work with meditation. He said: “The Zen experience of forgetting the self was very natural to me,” he told me last fall. “I had already been engaged in forgetting and abandoning the self in my childhood, which was filled with the fear of how unreal things seemed.”
For Nordstrom, meditation felt like a natural fit as there was a familiarity and calmness that came from detaching from thoughts, feelings, and emotions. In therapy he came to understand a subtle, yet subversive motive he had to engage in meditation. Harvard neuroscientist: Meditation not only reduces stress, here’s how it changes your brain. Buddhist and meditation teacher Tara Brach leads a Vipassana meditation group at the River Road Unitarian Church in Bethesda.
(Andrea Bruce Woodall/The Washington Post) Sara Lazar, a neuroscientist at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, was one of the first scientists to take the anecdotal claims about the benefits of meditation and mindfulness and test them in brain scans.
Physical Posture. The Power of Calm. The Top 10 Guided Meditations of 2018: Practicing Mindfulness with Chocolate. Have you always wanted to try mindfulness meditation but didn’t know where to start?
Here’s an example of the practice — using everybody’s favorite, chocolate: Take a small piece of chocolate. Hold it gently or have it nearby so it doesn’t melt. Make sure you’re sitting comfortably and allow your body to relax and feel supported. Notice the sounds in the room or outside the room, and gradually bring your attention inward, to your breath. Next bring your attention to the chocolate in your hand. Now smell the chocolate. Allowing your attention to soften now, so that you still have an awareness of the feel and smell of the chocolate, bring the chocolate to your mouth and take a small bite.
Now, place the rest of the chocolate in your mouth, enjoying the tastes and flavors, subtle and strong. Finally, when the chocolate is gone, bring your attention back to your senses. Enjoy! Chocolate photo available from Shutterstock.
Free Writing. Better than meditation Meditation is awesome.
It’s pretty much the simplest, cheapest way to improve your life that has ever been invented. The only problem with meditation is that it’s just too simple. I can’t get a hold of it for very long — it resists habitification. Maybe you know what I’m talking about? I’ve tried. I’ve used Headspace. And yet.