Self-acceptance and Meditation


Self-acceptance and Meditation

Self-acceptance and Meditation

Self-acceptance means freedom from self-criticism. Self-criticism is that little voice in your head that seems to be consistently engaging you in negative and repetitive patterns of thought and feelings. The question is, how do you let go of these negative patterns that are the main causes stress? The practice and it is a practice, of letting go, starts with acceptance of what is. This is where self-acceptance and meditation meet.

Meditation teaches you how to cultivate certain qualities, such as non-judgment which is the flip-side of acceptance. You may not like what you see when you first begin to suspend judgment, but if you want to learn to accept things as they are you need to experience them and understand them clearly, without denial. As your observations become clearer in meditation you begin to create more space inside yourself and in that space you can begin the process of getting go.

The letting go process begins by recognizing that you do not have unlimited control of your life. Meditation offers you the opportunity to drop your struggles by allowing the present moment to be as it is and opens you to the experience of pure being. Understanding this process may be easier to grasp with an example, and Ed and Deb Shapiro have story of acceptance that suits…

“We were just with Deb’s mother, Anne, in England. On the third day we were invited for tea at the House of Lord’s (more on that below) and were preparing to catch a train to London. In a bit of a rush we were quickly downing breakfast when the toast got burnt. We watched in amusement as Anne took a deep breath and simply said, “Oh dear, burnt toast,” calmly tossed it in the trash and put a fresh slice of bread in the toaster.

Few of us usually have such a reaction to burnt toast, especially when we are in a hurry. But Deb’s mom displayed the same attitude of calm acceptance later that day when we were having tea in London. Now, being invited to the House of Lords does not happen every day, but we were there to discuss a meditation project with one of the younger Lords. It is a stunningly beautiful old building, seeped in history and tradition and was a real treat for Ed, who grew up in the Bronx. We sat in the chambers and listened to the debate; we walked through the Queen’s robbing room where her throne sits; and then we went for tea.

Tea in the regal Tea Rooms sounds quintessentially English and we fully expected it to be of good English quality. The room was spectacular, the service was everything we could have wanted, but the cakes were not—they were boring, dry, commercial and cheap—not good Brit fare at all. All we could do was swallow distastefully and continue our conversation.

Accepting and simply being with what is, is a quality that Deb’s mother has perfected. It showed itself as she delicately ate her most unappetizing chocolate éclair. It is a quality that we can continue to learn in every moment that does not go our way. But, instead, we usually spend most of our time wishing that things were different – whether it is the big things like our partner or job, or the smaller things like the weather, burnt toast, or chocolate éclairs.

When we resist what is then we create more suffering for ourselves, as there is a constant, underlying dissatisfaction, otherwise known as the “If Only…” syndrome: if only this, that or the other happened, then I could be happy. If only so-and-so would change his or her behavior / lose weight / find a job, then I could be happy. If only I had more money / a bigger house / went traveling / had a good lover, then I could be happy. We were teaching a workshop and a participant, Mary, said she could only be happy when her children were happy. The list is endless. You can fill in the blank spaces for yourself.

Accepting what is, as it is, does not mean that we are like doormats and get passively walked over by all and sundry. Rather, it means recognizing that what happened even just a second ago can never be changed, it is letting the past be where it is so it does not take over the future. We make friends with ourselves and our world. At the same time we can also make changes wherever necessary, working toward a saner and more caring present. We can either make a song and dance about burnt toast and get even more stressed, or we can take a deep breath and put a fresh slice of bread in the toaster.” Click here to visit the original source of this post

There are three afflictions that meditation seeks to relieve, which are attachment, aversion and indifference. The antidotes, to these three afflictions, meditation provides are acceptance and letting go.

Try this little meditation exercise as a way to receive the benefits of practicing letting go and of acceptance.

1. Sit comfortably and begin following your breath. Place your attention on the natural in flow and out flow of your breath, without trying to control it.

2. As you begin to feel relaxed move your awareness to your thoughts and feelings. Allow whatever arises to come into your experience without judgment.

3. Notice that when thoughts that arise that are uncomfortable or are unpleasant, your tendency to avoid or judge them and then accept your judgment of those thoughts. Continue for a few minutes with this process of acceptance.

4. Now bring your awareness to your desire to follow different trains of thought that seem important or pleasant, and no matter how compelling they are, begin letting go of them each time they come up. Continue the process of letting go for a few minutes.

5. When you have become comfortable with accepting and letting go, allow your perspective to shift and see this practice as one continual process of accepting and letting go. When a thought arises, pleasant or unpleasant, acknowledge it and then release it, accept it and let it go.

You can learn more in ED and Deb Shapiro’s book, Be The Change: How Meditation Can Transform You and the World, forewords by the Dalai Lama and Robert Thurman.

Is there a Meditation Benefit in Being a Slow Learner?

Meditation is the simplest of practices and at the same time it as tremendous subtlety and depth that can create challenges for those who are new to the practice and the benefits that meditation has to offer.

Meditation Benefits for Slow Learners

Meditation Benefits for Slow Learners


The basics of meditation are simple, sit in a comfortable position, straighten your back, breathe deeply, put your attention on your breath and follow it. That’s the basics of a mindfulness meditation practice.

However, meditation is like any art form, you can keep it simple or you can delve into the depths of the practice. Because of these subtleties and the challenges that someone new meditation encounters, they can sometimes feel as if they just don’t ‘get it’ or they are a ‘slow learner.’

That’s how Therese Borchard felt as she began to learn meditation and, well, I’ll let her tell you the story from her post, “Meditation for Slow Learners.” ᅠᅠᅠ

“…I’m a bit of a slow learner, so even as I promised myself two years ago that I would start each day with 20 minutes of meditation, I am still thumbing through books trying to figure out how, exactly, you do it. I have learned much from Elisha Goldstein’s Psych Central blog, “Mindfulness and Psychotherapy.” Because I believe, on some level, that all forms of meditation are about creating space. And Elisha reminds his readers of that by continually repeating the meaningful quote by Viktor Frankl that says “Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom”

Space is what makes meditation as well as laughter such powerful tools. Without space, we live from the reptilian part of our brains, the amygdala, or fear center of our brain. So everything is reaction, impulse, panic. Even a second’s amount of space allows us to breathe and grab our mental blankie, if you will, so that we can respond with a higher evolved part of the brain.

While that all sounds so easy, I’m admittedly still challenged in this area. And apparently a lot of other folks are, too, which is why Dr. Ian Gawler and Paul Bedson have written an in-depth guide titled simply, “Meditation.” (Even the title is easy to understand!)

Before you put these guys in an ivory tower away from the muddle that us, non-academic-types trudge through everyday, you should know a little about Dr. Gawler’s story. A competitive decathlete, he was diagnosed with bone cancer in 1975 at the age of 24. Even after his leg was amputated, doctors gave him a five percent chance of living beyond five years. Just three years after that, the same doctors declared him cancer free. Because so many cancer patients were coming to him for advice, he founded The Gawler Foundation, which provides holistic healing retreats for cancer patients.

The authors introduce mindfulness-based stillness meditation with four simple steps: preparation, relaxation, mindfulness, and stillness.

  • Preparation is the easy part, the practical details of where you will meditate, your posture, deciding what specific kind of meditation you will try, and everything that relates to how you set yourself up to begin the meditation. According to Gawler and Bedson, “Preparation involves establishing comfort and ease. We create a conducive external and internal environment for meditation by preparing the location, our posture and our attitude.”
  • Relaxation is the street corner where the wheels on my meditation bus disassemble and roll down the road to a coffee shop. According to the authors we simply take the time needed to learn how to relax our body and mind. “A tight or tense body often accompanies a busy or restless mind,” the authors explain. “We use relaxation techniques to create more spaciousness in the body, which helps in calming the mind and bringing our attention into the present moment.”
  • By the time I have made it to mindfulness, I have usually abandoned the discipline altogether, because my mind is so relaxed that it is thinking about chilling out at the pool with a glass of lemonade, not closing my eyes in an air-conditioned office sitting on a pillow. Mindfulness is simply paying attention to the present moment. I don’t know why that should be so difficult, but it is. At least for my monkey brain. Probably because staying attentive to the moment requires that you be free of judgment, like Damn it. I’m thinking about the pool and lemonade again. I totally suck at this. Ideally, if we are truly mindful, we are also free of reaction. Like when the doctor comes after your knee with that rubber thing, and you almost kick him in the nose without even trying to move your leg. Yeah, all that would stop if you were absolutely mindful. You are able to let go of the guilt in the past and the worry of the future. You don’t engage in your usual obsessive thinking … theoretically … so you don’t obsess about your not obsessing. You get the frontal lobes where they are supposed to be.
  • That takes us to stillness. Let me just quote from them on this one:

“Gradually, by just paying attention without reacting, we become aware of a stillness. Sounds, sensations, even emotions and thoughts just come and go. Free of judgment. Free of reaction. We notice a background of stillness against which sounds, sensations and thoughts come and go, appear and disappear. We become aware that still and silent presence that is just noticing the movement of sounds, sensations and thoughts. In this stillness, awareness is open and undistracted. Stillness is not a static nothingness; it is alive, alert and non-reactive presence.”

The challenges that Therese ran into as a beginning meditator are the same challenges that almost all meditators run into when they begin a practice. In fact the most common complaint of a new meditator is, ‘I can’t stop my thoughts.’ ᅠᅠ

The good news is that meditation is not about trying to stop your thoughts, it’s about ignoring them by using the ‘tools’ of meditation, watching the breath or using a mantra; so that when thoughts intrude on your silence you gently brush them away by returning to your breath or mantra. Now that’s a meditation benefit.ᅠClick here to visit the original source of this post

A Reduction in Healthcare Costs a Meditation Benefit?

Is there really a meditation benefit that could result in a reduction in our healthcare cost? ᅠI firmly believe the answer is yes. Certainly, on a personal level meditation will impact an individual’s health care coast, which if practiced by enough people, could have an impact on the overall health care system.

A Reduction in Healthcare Costs a Meditation Benefit?

A Reduction in Healthcare Costs a Meditation Benefit?


Mind-body fitness is the ultimate goal when it comes to developing a comprehensive approach to wellness and meditation is a key component in this approach because of its stress reliving effects. But meditation is more than an effective relaxation technique. The health benefits of meditation have been shown not only to prevent heart disease but to reverse those effects.

This is what Dr. Robert Puff’s article is all about, so I’ll let him tell you in his own words… ᅠ

The nation’s current healthcare crisis has added a new dimension to the old saying, “Prevention is the best medicine.” With rising co-pays, high deductibles, confusion over coverage, and prescription drug headaches, healthcare consumers recognize that getting sick is more complicated than ever.

So if the solution to a dysfunctional system is to avert illness, then what approaches provide proven results? One answer lies in a practice that dates to the origins of human civilization. Scientific research is pointing to the health benefits of meditation. “Major studies show that a significant cause of illness is stress. And meditation is one of the most powerful ways of reducing it,” says Dr. Robert Puff, a clinical psychologist based in Newport Beach, California.

From a Genetic Standpoint, Some of Us Are Toyotas and Some Are Fords

Stress isn’t the cause of every illness. But many common ailments can be attributed to it. So how are stress and sickness related? Dr. Puff, who has been both meditating and teaching meditation for three decades, compares our bodies to automobiles, where each car’s brand is like a person’s DNA. Just like we can’t turn a Toyota into a Ford, there’s not much we can do to alter our genes.

Imagine that everyday, we slam on our brakes continuously, never change our oil, and overlook all maintenance. At first, our bodies may not reveal signs of damage. Over time, however, the neglect will show — sometimes subtly and other times dramatically. If we are Toyotas, perhaps the result will be a transmission in disrepair. If, on the other hand, our bodies are Fords our transmissions may be fine, but our brakes will no longer function. Similarly, everyone has genetic predispositions particular to him or herself. In the end, we’re all going to wear out, but the speed and how that deterioration manifests itself will be different for each person. Regardless of our own DNA, however, reducing stress significantly elevates everyone’s chances of living longer and experiencing less wear.

Meditation Gives Our Minds a Break

“We can have intense jobs and deal with difficult matters both in and outside of work. But if we meditate regularly, we can still experience peace of mind regardless of our responsibilities,” says Dr. Puff. To illustrate, he provides another analogy. Meditation is like the work breaks we take everyday. If we had to exert ourselves eight hours continuously, without relief, our time at work would eventually become unbearable. But lunchtime and breaks throughout the day allow us to make it through. “Meditation gives our minds time off from constant mental activity. Over the long term, we reduce overall stress, and this, I believe, is one of the main reasons that meditation increases physical health,” he says. And major organizations are listening. Fortune 500 corporations and prestigious hospitals hire Dr. Puff to speak about the benefits of meditation. They are acknowledging the research: meditation increases concentration and decreases stress.

During these difficult economic times, companies are struggling to provide medical benefits, and consumers are having to pay more out of pocket. Getting sick is rapidly becoming cost-prohibitive for everyone. “Meditation is simple, effective, free, and has no side effects — no prescription drug can make those claims,” says Dr. Puff.

Different types of meditation exercises may be more effective than others for specific health problems; meditation benefits are on the whole undeniable. Meditation fosters awareness and awareness of the body increases the desire to maintain feelings of health and wellbeing.ᅠ

One note about a statement made in Dr. Puff’s article, in which he, “compares our bodies to automobiles, where each car’s brand is like a person’s DNA. Just like we can’t turn a Toyota into a Ford, there’s not much we can do to alter our genes.” ᅠIn fact meditation can affect how our genes express themselves and it also affects our DNA because it’s been shown to have a positive effect on telomerase activity in the immune cells. So while we may not be able to ‘turn a Toyota into a Ford,’ meditation may allow us to go from a Ford focus to a Lincoln. And if we can do that then at least we can begin to reduce our personal health care cost. Click here to visit the original source of this post

The Meditation Benefits of Quieting Your Mind

The meditation benefits of quieting your mind is the reason for this blog in the first place, so occasionally I’ll select a post that is specifically about practicing meditation, even if some are a lacking in information bit simplistic.

Meditation Benefits of Quieting Your Mind

Meditation Benefits of Quieting Your Mind

All meditation is about quieting the mind. In the beginning a meditative practice is developed by practicing concentration, to become either, fully present without judgment (mindfulness) or using a vehicle of the mind, such as a mantra or a breath meditation (transcendental), to slip deep into the silence within.

The influence of the mind and our thoughts in conditioning the quality of the expression of our body is greater than the influence of the body in conditioning the quality of the expression of the mind.

What is the nature of the human mind? What is consciousness? Where do our thoughts come from? Can we observe our thought processes? Can we think about thinking, per se? Is consciousness able to observe consciousness or mind itself? Is it possible to examine consciousness or mind with consciousness or mind itself? Or, better yet, is there anyone at home?

If there is any one technique or skill that one can learn for the entry path onto the road to health, well-being and rejuvenation, it is meditation. Jon Kabat-Zinn states: “Meditation is simplicity itself. … It’s about stopping and being present, that is all.”

The medical health/religious/spiritual aspects and foundations of meditation will be the topic of future letters. Let’s cut to the chase and go right to how to meditate.

•Find a quiet place to sit, one with few distractions

•Commit to a set amount of time. Two minutes is a start. You want to work yourself up to 20 minutes. Time yourself with a clock.

•Sit in a comfortable position that you can maintain, with your back straight.

•Initiates should close their eyes and relax.

•Notice your breathing. Notice your breath as you inhale and exhale.

•Slow your breathing down.

That’s it; that’s all it takes. Easier said than done. It takes practice. But with a dedicated and carefree attitude, the benefits will literally blow your mind.

The “quieting of the mind” is a unique process for every individual. As you gain in the practice of meditation, you find it easier to quiet the mind. And all those questions that I posed at the beginning become more real and curious, demanding more seeking and searching for the life force or inner essence that radiates from us during these meditation sessions.

Your sense of time will expand, your sense of love and compassion will be enhanced. A deeper awareness of your spiritual life and experience will manifest itself.

A 19th century Russian peasant summed up the journey of meditation as follows: “At first, spiritual practitioners feel the mind is like a waterfall, bouncing from rock to rock, roaring and turbulent, impossible to tame or control. In midcourse, it is like a great river, calm and gentle, wide and deep. At the end, its boundaries expand beyond sight, and its depth becomes unfathomable as it dissolves into the ocean, which is both its goal and source”.

This post on the meditation benefits of quieting your mind, opened with a quote by Max Planck, which I thought a fitting way to sum up this post.

“Science cannot solve the ultimate mystery of nature…because in the last analysis we ourselves are part of the mystery we are trying to solve.”ᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠ         –Max Planck Click here to visit the original source of this post

Is the Evolution of Consciousness a Benefit of Meditation?

Is it time for evolution to evolve and could the survival of our species depend on a benefit of meditation? At first glance this may seem like an outrageous, if not silly, idea. How could meditation have anything to do with evolution?

benefit of meditation

Evolution of Consciousness a Benefit of Meditation

Enter, “self-directed neuroplasticity,” a term coined by researchers, referring to measurable changes in the brain caused by meditative practice. In truth, it’s a big leap from training our brain to evolutionary changes in the human race.

Yet authors, Steven and Michael Meloan, introduce us to a compelling argument that one of the benefits of meditation, may indeed, afford us the ability to consciously direct our own evolution. ᅠᅠᅠᅠ

Enter Steven and Michael:

The driving force behind evolution is adaptation toward survival. That organizing principle has enabled life from bacteria to Homo Sapiens to thrive. But we have reached a new phase in human development. To a great degree, threats from the natural environment no longer define our existence. Night-roaming carnivores are generally not the nemesis. The most virulent threat we face today is rooted in our own Darwinian heritage. It springs from tribal and xenophobic impulses buried deep within primitive brain structures. These impulses create conflicts between countries, races, religions, and even neighborhoods.

But we can jumpstart evolution and leverage it on our own terms. We can literally rewire our brains toward greater compassion and cooperation. As always–it begins with the individual.

A recent study led by Massachusetts General Hospital found that half hour per day of meditative practice over only eight weeks led to increased feelings of compassion, self-awareness, introspection, and reduced stress. The study also reported that changes in brain structure appear to underlie these perceptions. Increases in gray matter density have been observed in structures associated with these compassionate states, as well as areas linked to memory and cognition. Researchers sometimes refer to such measurable changes from meditative practice as “self-directed neuroplasticity.”

We spend a lifetime learning the details of our culture and the tools of intellectual inquiry. But we invest virtually no energy in mastering our own consciousness. Taking control of mental states positively impacts both personal and societal well-being…

…Meditation can become an integral part of daily life. A simple pause to look at the trees or the sky helps to momentarily shut down mental checklists and rehashing of the day’s activities. It can change our mood almost instantaneously. Stopping regularly to observe the breath is another powerful interrupter. Before bed, imagining consciousness leaving the confines of the body and becoming expansive can lead to relaxation and restful sleep.

Recent developments in the biological sciences indicate that environmental influences can alter a newly recognized layer of genomic control called the epigenome. And some epigenetic changes have even been shown to persist across generational boundaries. Until recently, this was thought to be impossible. Extrapolating this notion, we might speculate that the benefits resulting from meditative practices could conceivably be passed on to future generations.

Evolution on-demand springs from the human ability to self-determine. Xenophobic instincts, while inarguably part of our biological hard-wiring, do not have to dictate our interactions. The capacity for choice is one of our greatest gifts as a species. We can positively affect our personal behavior through meditative practice. And we can all participate in that process — starting now.

While the idea of self-directed evolution may be new to the larger and mostly western, population, the idea of mastering our own consciousness is very old and predates written language in the wisdom traditions of Yoga.

Now, however, there is ‘objective’ scientific research to support what the yogis, so long ago, intuited. I would also like to note that there are growing numbers of people and groups in the ‘west’ that are implementing this benefit of meditation. Both the Integral Institute and EnlightenNext are “dedicated to catalyzing evolution in consciousness.” Click here to visit the original source of this post

Benefits of Meditating in Public

Whatever you do, if you do it from your authentic self then there will be no need for the approval of others. This is the subject of this particular post, looking at the need for approval. The author maintains that a benefit of meditating in public, as a practice, is a way of learning to let go of your attachment, for the ego-self’s need for approval.

Dr. David Simon

Dr. David Simon

As one of my teachers, Dr. David Simon, explained it, the ego is consistently preparing to be offended. Letting go of that fear is a benefit of meditation, because through meditation we increasingly become conscious of our true selves.ᅠ

I. This is most important. Your need for approval gets put in the crosshairs. And it needs to be if you are serious about mastery, which is to say,

Meditating in public could help you release your need for approval more quickly, but any practice of meditation will awaken you to your higher self and beyond the ego’s need for approval.

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The Meditation Benefits are in the DNA

At Harvard University researchers analyzed blood samples and found that there was a difference in how genes expressed themselves between meditators and a control group. This met that meditation caused hundreds of genes to turn on and off.


Meditation Benefits are in the DNA

Meditation Benefits are in the DNA



What was the significance? A number of the genes were involved in the body’s response to ‘oxidative stress’ and cellular metabolism. One of our biological responses to mental and emotional stress is oxidative stress, which produces free radicals.

The conclusion of the Harvard study was that there is verifiable scientific proof that meditation has positive genetic effects influencing cell metabolism as well as a positive response to oxidative stress.

Meditation not only affects our genes it also affects our DNA. In a 2010 study, meditation was shown to have a positive effect on telomerase activity in the immune cells. This is important because, telomerase is an enzyme that can repair the telomeres.

And what are telomeres and why are they important? Telomeres are little caps at the end of our chromosomes that protects our DNA. It turn out that these little caps ultimately have an effect on the aging process.

There is a new blood test that measures the length of the telomeres, which can be used to measure how fast a person is aging. The hope being that maybe the test will motivate people to take action, or better yet sit quietly and meditate, to improve their health.

Stress hormones, which play an important part in aging, are regulated by RNA, which is a copy of the DNA. RNA is the active copy and is constantly changing instructions. So by choosing a lifestyle that reduces stress your RNA responds by producing fewer stress hormones

Meditation may not be the actual fountain of youth, and yet, because of the meditation benefit for our DNA created by relieving the symptoms of stress and helping us to let go of our daily anxieties, meditation, just may be as close as we can come.

Here are the posts on this Weeks topic ~ the Positive  Benefits of Meditation on DNA

Spiritual-Wellness-Happiness: DNA and Rejuvenation

Outside the biologists test tubes and flasks, DNA gets influenced by your every thought, feeling, and action. The stress hormones that play such a critical part in aging are regulated by RNA, which is a copy of DNA; even though the DNA

Publish Date: 04/29/2011 7:00

The Use of Meditation in Cancer Treatment |

The benefits of meditation are therefore in direct contrast with so-called “modern” medicine which is carried out hurriedly, aggressively and using expressions such as “It is useless to look elsewhere, there is nothing else that can be done ”. ….. To explain this hypothesis has been formed that meditation could help to achieve a very good state of balance in biochemical development which would maximize the efficient use of DNA to induce itself to self-repair. …

Publish Date: 05/17/2011 5:44

Scientific Research – Get Truth About Meditation

Many other researchers have described the benefits of alpha and theta brain wave states. Budzynski has done extensive research on learning and suggestion when the brain is in a theta state. Theta, Budzynski suggested, is the state in which superlearning takes place—when in theta, …. Cells that are at sub-optimal levels are stimulated to ‘turn on’ and produce what they’re supposed to produce, probably through DNA, which is stimulated through the cell membrane… …

Publish Date: 02/01/2001 0:00

Harvard Study finds that Meditation Impacts DNA | David R Hamilton PhD

People have meditated for years and enjoyed better health (and a slower aging process) but many others have been skeptical as to its benefits. Now, we have solid scientific proof of the positive genetic effects of meditation in that it …

Publish Date: 04/19/2011 4:40


Enjoy a couple of You Tube Videos that use binaural beats so your DNA can kick back and relax.

Conscious Release- sonic DNA ascension – Solfeggio & binaural beats

Conscious Release This Silk Road inspired meditation incorporates 10 Solfeggio frequencies in total, from delicate background sounds, to the featured oriental Koto tuned to: 396Hz, 417Hz, 528Hz, and 639Hz. This beautiful Kot…

528 Hz Alpha Binaural Beat (listen with stereo headphones)

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Ahh Haa – Could a More Creative Mind be a Mediation Benefit

Let’s start with the conclusion about this meditation benefit, creativity. And it’s that we are a long way from, “locating creativity in the brain or working it like a muscle.” However, there is hope that by quieting all the self-talk, or as those in the wisdom traditions call it, the monkey mind, that the hidden creative urges will emerge.

Ron Alexander, a meditation teacher and director of the Open Mind training Institute, as built his practice on helping others to enhance their creativity and he’s done that using mindfulness meditation techniques. This practice of Alexander’s is grounded in science; neuroscientists have been learning that our brains have what’s called neuroplasticity, and that brain cells can actually increase by a process known as neurogenesis.ᅠ

They called in a therapist and meditation teacher named Ron Alexander. “Over two years, I did a series of seminars on creativity, reengineering, and revisioning, so that individuals in the division could begin to access new creative directions,” he  
Fast Company

What does all that mean? It means that mindfulness meditation is a way to improve executive functioning in the brain, that part that’s associated with abstract thinking, integrating of sensory information, and planning.

Again, creativity has not been linked to any one portion of the brain so it would be stretching things, at this point, to say that meditation conclusively increases creativity. So the real meditation benefits maybe in quieting the mind so that our hidden creativity can rise to the surface.

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The Meditation Benefits for Childhood Learning

SEL is short for social and emotional learning and is the basis on which Goldie Hawn, yes that Goldie Hawn, created the MindUP curriculum, a program aimed at helping your kids improves classroom learning and behavior with real world application.

This is not some ‘new age,’ airy fairy stuff; this program is ground on a solid science based platform that showed, “SEL improves academic achievement, as measured by standardized tests and grades as well as conduct problems — including disruptive classroom behaviors, aggression, bullying, school suspensions and delinquent acts.”ᅠ

Basically, Hawn’s foundation wants to teach kids how to meditate. And New York state is getting behind this movement, so New Yorkers, get ready for your kids to ommmm all the way home. I’ve always been a big fan of meditation, and those moments when my  
The Stir (blog)

The Hawn foundation working with one of the nation’s oldest educational materials companies, Scholastic publishers, created a curriculum for schools to implement the MindUP program. Over a thousand schools are using the MindUP program and improvement in grade as well as test scores and reduction in bulling and disruptive behavior.

It’s the core practice, based on meditation techniques, which are the foundation of the MindUP program. It’s this meditation benefit that allows our kids improve their capacity to focus, pay attention and succeed.

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The Power and the Benefit of Meditation by Deepak Chopra

This article by Dr. Chopra is about the meditation benefit that has a direct effect on our daily lives, our health. As one of the newest meditation benefits shown to have a positive influence on the body starts with a really big word, Psychoneuroendocrinology; which deals with the interrelated disciplines of psychology, neurobiology, endocrinology, immunology and neurology.

Deepak Chopra and Meditation Benefits

Deepak Chopra and Meditation Benefits

In a study by researchers at the University of California, Davis, and the University of California, San Francisco, it was determined that meditation has benefits that positively impact psychological changes; discovering a link between those who practiced meditation to increased activity of an enzyme called telomerase which is necessary for cell health.

Increasing telomerase is a way to slow telomeres’ unraveling. And guess how we can we do that? Meditation.

Deepak’s conclusion, when develop a regular meditation practice, you will not only feel at peace, you will create physical well-being or peace for the body. If you would like additional information, you can check out my blog post on the subject at Tommyjis Place.

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