Meditation Knowledge Some things to consider
With a basic meditation tool box in place, the next tools you want to add depends on you. What are you looking for? Where do you want yourself to be? You could be looking for self-improvement, taking Mindfulness to the next levels, adding tools such as Mindfulness Eating or Listening. Perhaps you are looking for alternative ways to manage anger, relieve anxiety, or to increase confidence.
Knowledge is Power. We all have heard this, we all have applied this in our lives. Only you can say what tools you wish, want, or need to add to your basic tool box. As you add tools, you may find that other practices are a better fit for you. That is ok and to be expected. Breathing, Concentration, Awareness of the Body ,
Releasing Tension, and Walking(exercise) are basic to all methods. Let’s add our first power tool to the box, Meditation Knowledge.
Why Starting a Meditation Habit Now Could Be a Game Changer Later in Life
Ashley Macey · May 17, 2018
Meditation is a great way to heighten your attention span today and potentially even later in life. According to a new study published in Springer’s Journal of Cognitive Enhancement, doing regular and intensive meditation sessions over the course of a lifetime could help you remain attentive and focused well into old age.
While lead author Anthony Zanesco cautions that more research is needed before meditation should be advocated as a surefire method for countering the effects of aging on the brain, meditation practice may help improve our mind later in life.
Read the full article at: https://www.brit.co/meditation-could-protect-brain-from-aging/
Newfound neurological mechanism explains how breathing can sharpen your focus
Rich Haridy May 14th, 2018
Researchers at Trinity College Dublin have uncovered a neurophysiological link between respiration and cognition, offering a fascinating anatomical explanation behind the long-held connection between ancient breathing-based meditation practices and cognitive benefits.
It is possible that by focusing on and regulating your breathing you can optimize your attention level and likewise, by focusing on your attention level, your breathing becomes more synchronized.
The study points to further research that could result in non-pharmacological treatments for different patients with attentional compromised conditions. This may include children with ADHD or elderly populations suffering from dementia.
Read the full article at: https://newatlas.com/breathing-brain-attention-focus-meditation/54601/
Meditation helps to give you better insights
How does one combat stress? Start with giving rest to your eyes. Our eyes are visual organs that never rest. After every working hour, simply close your eyes, relax and
take a few deep breaths. When we are focused on tasks, our voluntary breathing is shallow and taking a few deep breaths does wonders to let loads of oxygen reach your entire body and provide new vitality.
Meditation is a great way to relax. When we say meditation, most people have no idea what it really means. Meditation simply means reflecting on yourself. It involves
calming your mind and being aware of your thought process.When you are meditating, all you have to do is sit quietly. Watch your breath and train your brain from chattering away uselessly. Allow thoughts to just pass through without giving attention to them.
All you need to do is sit quiet wherever you are, take a few deep breaths and focus on calming yourself. It sounds easy, but isn’t, because as soon as you do this, your brain starts bombarding you with a thousand thoughts. This is exactly what is expected. intuitive or creative insights with meditation, so don’t stop your brain. Over a period of time, the chatter will stop and you will get valuable ideas that you have not thought of consciously!
Struggle with mindfulness? This two-minute walking meditation is a game-changer
Tehrene Firman, May 16, 2018
Sometimes it’s hard work to get in the calm mind-set that’s kind of crucial for a successful meditation. Try taking your mindfulness practice outdoors; there’s a new meditation option that wants you to walk off your pent-up tension and stress.
Super mindfulness app Headspace released an active mini meditation session on YouTube. The walking exercise is designed to help you feel more connected to and present in your environment—be that the city, the country, or somewhere else far, far away.
To try it, simply go outside and play the video through your headphones at a low enough volume that allows you to hear the meditation but still take in what’s happening around you.
Read the full article at: https://www.wellandgood.com/good-advice/headspace-meditation-walking-youtube/
Annoyed at work? Try this one-minute fix
Brenna McDermott, USA TODAY NETWORK
Meditation is really just sitting quietly. Meditation is putting your focus on something and gently being aware. Think of meditation as a cycle: You first focus on
something, like your breathing, and your mind drifts. You catch your mind drifting. Then, you gently release the thoughts in your mind and return to the original focus of your meditation.
When your boss is making you crazy…
If you’re losing your sense of calm at the office, there’s a quick fix. Look away from your computer and close your eyes for one minute. Focus on Mindful Breathing. Before you open your eyes, take one deep breath and exhale all the air in your lungs.
If you get an unpleasant email don’t spend 20 minutes stewing over it and craft a nasty response, only to delete it. Meditating will allow you to respond in a more compassionate, more thoughtful way.
Meditators can learn to better deal with stress, be more self-aware, more positive and more patient. Physically, meditation can help ease anxiety, lower blood pressure, aid depression symptoms and improve sleep.
Knowledge is power. When you begin to gain knowledge, you enable yourself to set realistic goals that you can reach. Leading to setting
additional goals and empowering yourself. The cycle can and will continue indefinitely. Here is a nice three minute meditation, self-guided.
A little different than most but worth taking the time to try. Use a technique called Mindful Listening, just concentrate on the music without judging or evaluating it.
I would like to hear your thoughts on the meditation. Did you relax or did it give energy?
If you have any questions or thoughts on meditation, please do not hesitate to leave me a comment below. I will reply as soon as I can!
Walking the Path of Peace,