Meditation done regularly will prevent stress by creating a baseline for stressors, allowing you to control stressful situations before they begin harming your health.
Loss of a loved one, divorce, now ” pandemic stress” keeps your body on high alert for long periods. Your life demands a lot from you; however, you can give yourself a tool to be more prepared to deal with what life throws at you. You have the opportunity to feel however you want any time of the day and in most any situation.
Meditation and Mindfulness are your tools to peace and fulfillment.
We gain perspective when we calm, soothe, & seek our inner peace because you can better process intense emotions. Meditation reduces stress by creating more space in your mind to reduce the pressure caused by deciding which stressors need your attention. You have more mental resources to cope.
While being still and completely clearing your mind is ideal, mindfulness is a form of meditation that can be used even while doing a routine task. Mindfulness, called “walking meditation” can be used at any time and in any situation.
The Science of Brain Waves
Alpha Brain waves (8 to 12 Hz) are present when your brain is in a neutral default-state typically created when you’re daydreaming or when practicing mindfulness or meditation. Alpha waves are usually dominant when you first awaken. You are not solving any major problems except perhaps what to eat for breakfast.
As you awaken and cortisol rises, your brain changes to Beta Brain Waves – Beta is a ‘fast’ wave activity that is present when alert, attentive, focused, and engaged in activities like problem-solving or decision making and multitasking.
As your day progresses, you stay in this a Beta brain wave state. When in Beta, your brain produces higher-speed waves, which measure between about 12 and 35 Hz.
Imagine being engaged in learning something new and challenging. Now you are producing a Gamma Brain Waves that tend to measure upward of 35 Hz. An intense amount of electrical activity occurs with lots of energy expended.
Theta Brain Waves produce only between 4 and 8 Hz. When you are in Theta brain wave state, you are conserving brain energy! The theta state makes you feel somewhat disengaged or spacey and are active in spiritual practice or meditation
Waves from 0.5 to 4 Hz characterize Delta, the slowest brain wave state. This slowed wave state occurs during sleep.
As, you can see, the more time spend in ALPHA, DELTA, or THETA you conserve brain energy freeing up more energy for your body.
#1 – Meditation Increases Productivity and Efficiency
Multitasking is a part of modern life that isn’t going away. Although multitasking seems like a great solution to your hectic life, doing several things at once means that you aren’t doing your tasks to the best of your ability.
Each task does not get its due respect.
Meditation improves your mental facilities, creativity, focus, relaxation, and concentration. You will find that with a daily practice of meditation, you can get more done because you focus on one thing at a time.
I found this out when I gave a project my sole focus until completion. I felt more productive and less stressed.
#2 – Meditation Improves Creativity
You will enhance creativity and allow your intuition to guide you. Creativity unleashes as you clear your mind of limiting beliefs, allowing you to become more effective at problem-solving. Your “natural creator” begins to emerge.
It is our divine calling to be creative. It matters little what you create. Working with your hands, writing, helping others, putting your skill into an online course; We feel alive when in creative mode.
Fatigue defeats you 100% of the time. It keeps you from being able to concentrate fully, similar to multitasking. Your brain is an energy hog. Too much thinking tires your brain and drains your energy.
By giving your brain a much-needed reset you can put thoughts and feelings into creative outlets.
Fatigue and stress are also great enablers of procrastination. Procrastination causes overwhelm, which then causes frustrated non-doing. When we prioritize we often leave out the things that bring us the greatest joy.
Meditation will give your brain more energy while being more creative and more willing to take more steps rather than push things aside.
#3 – Meditation Improves Brain Functions and Plasticity
There has been a lot of research on how meditation affects your brain. One fact that keeps popping up is that meditation positively alters how your brain functions on a fundamental level.
Those who practice meditation regularly show many neurological benefits. One of the greatest is that there is more activity in the connections between your brain’s different regions.
Crystal bowls don’t require much learning skill and can put you in a very meditative state. Slowing down your brain conserves brain energy.
While this may seem a counterproductive thing to do, you want your brain to slow down.
When your brain slows down, it can process information more effectively. Therefore, you perform with peak focus and concentration
The more elastic your brain is, the more effectively you can complete everyday tasks and high-stress tasks. You can think through situations and process in a way that others find difficult. You may inherently improve your memory rather than lose it as you age. Another great reason to incorporate mindfulness and meditation.
#4 – May Reduce Anxiety and Depression
Meditation is now a mainstream technique for managing many health issues, including cancer. Meditation proves effective in reducing anxiety and depression, as well. Dr. Joe Dispenza draws enormous crowds of followers who practice his mindfulness techniques.
Rather than use visualization alone, Joe Dispenza helps you connect with each of your body’s energy centers. In my opinion, this is a much more effective technique, especially for those like me who are not visual. The reason he has great success is because he focuses on FEELINGS and not thoughts alone.
When it comes to meditation, FEELINGS provide more connection to SELF than thoughts. First, understand your body is electric, and your cells communicate with light. Feelings have a magnetic quality to them, while thoughts are more electromagnetic.
Think of recalling a past negative experience with your thoughts. Notice how quickly your feelings change.
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You might hear that it is all about your thoughts. Actually, that has little truth whatsoever. Thoughts and feelings run in loops. Allow me to explain. A specific thought may bring up emotion. In turn, an emotion may bring up a thought.
Meditation helps train your brain to stay present – remaining in the current moment. All too often, your brain jumps to the future or the past. When this occurs, we dwell on the negativities of the past or find fear in the unknown future. In fact, dwelling on the past or what the future holds is a major cause of anxiety and depression.
With that understanding, we can create the perfect conditions in which to feel GOOD whenever we choose merely by recalling what a joyful experience and feeling how it felt.
The present moment is the place where you choose your future. That is why they call the present “THE PRESENT” – it is a gift..
Instead, meditation helps you let go of past regrets and anxieties about the future. The idea is that you stop your mind from wandering and remain connected with your body & your feelings.
#5 – Backed by Science
In a JAMA Internal Medicine review study, one doctor discovered that a meditation-based program designed to reduce stress helped eliminate anxiety symptoms in those with a generalized anxiety disorder.
In fact, it’s no surprise that highly-successful people continue to find that meditation helps tremendously in their personal and professional life and respect that it’s evidence based findings.
My Approach Using Heart Math
My work focuses on the science behind the heart – ” Heart Math“, as does Joe Dispenza’s.
HeartMath (TM) techniques and technology based on a significant body of research and empirical evidence developed over the last 29 years. In fact,
” Heart coherence is a measure of your patterns in the heart’s rhythm, which is independent of and reflects an orderly and harmonious synchronization among various systems in the body such as the heart, respiratory system, and blood-pressure rhythms.”
Your heart sends far more signals to your brain than the other way around. The heart is where you begin your journey to feeling whole. Becoming heart-centered and mindful allows you to live in the present and not the past or future.
You can easily meditate almost anywhere and immediately help fight against depression and anxiety. Just place your hand over your heart and breathe in the feeling of gratitude, empathy, or caring.
Find a quiet spot without any distraction. Sit and keep focused on your breath. If thoughts emerge, embrace them without judgment. Just allow them. Allow yourself to notice what is happening with those thoughts without getting frustrated.
Using Meditation to Stave Off Illness
Nowadays, people are getting more health-conscious than ever before. Often they begin with diet and exercise. But, there is much more to being healthy than both of those.
In the documentary HEAL, there is a focus on several individuals with cancer and their treatment methods and outcomes.
I recall one woman who ate a vegan diet, exercised, and did everything we know to promote health. Dr. Kelly Turner of RADICAL REMISSION shares her top 12 things that lead to cancer. Suppressed emotions were at the top of her list.
Emotions have a magnetic charge and drain our life force. Being mindful or meditating is a large step toward acceptance of your past and letting go for the sake of your future.
My work teaches methods to help you self-regulate because you need to understand your emotions’ impact to reach your health goals.
There is no reason why you shouldn’t start meditating and being mindful today and begin creating your tomorrow.