Meditation

Scientific Reasons to Start Meditating Now

This is an excerpt from an article by  Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D.

Here are 20 scientifically-validated reasons you might want to get on the bandwagon today:

It Boosts Your HEALTH

1 – Increases immune function (See here and here)

2 – Decreases Pain (see here)

3 – Decreases Inflammation at the Cellular Level (See here and here and here)

It Boosts Your HAPPINESS

4 – Increases Positive Emotion (here and here)

5 – Decreases Depression (see here)

6 – Decreases Anxiety (see here and here and here)

7 – Decreases Stress (see here and  here)

It Boosts Your SOCIAL LIFE

Think meditation is a solitary activity? It may be (unless you meditate in a group which many do!) but it actually increases your sense of connection to others:

8 – Increases social connection & emotional intelligence (see here and – by yours truly – here)

9 – Makes you more compassionate (see here and here and here)

10 – Makes you feel less lonely (see here)

It Boosts Your Self-Control

11 – Improves your ability to regulate your emotions (see here) (Ever flown off the handle or not been able to quiet your mind? Here’s the key)

12 – Improves your ability to introspect (see here & for why this is crucial see this post)

It Changes Your BRAIN (for the better)

13 – Increases grey matter (see here)

14 – Increases volume in areas related to emotion regulation, positive emotions & self-control (see here and here)

15 – Increases cortical thickness in areas related to paying attention (see here)

It Improves Your Productivity (yup, by doing nothing)

16 – Increases your focus & attention (see here and here and here and here)

17 – Improves your ability to multitask (see here)

18 – Improves your memory (see here)

19 – Improves your ability to be creative & think outside the box (see research by J. Schooler)

20. It Makes You WISE(R)

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It gives you perspective: By observing your mind, you realize you don’t have to be slave to it. You realize it throws tantrums, gets grumpy, jealous, happy and sad but that it doesn’t have to run you. Meditation is quite simply mental hygiene: clear out the junk, tune your talents, and get in touch with yourself. Think about it, you shower every day and clean your body, but have you ever showered your mind? As a consequence, you’ll feel more clear and see thing with greater perspective. “The quality of our life depends on the quality of our mind,” writes Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. We can’t control what happens on the outside but we do have a say over the quality of our mind. No matter what’s going on, if your mind is ok, everything is ok. Right now.

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Read the full article published on Psychology Today.com.

Six Phase Meditation

Resource: http://mindvalleyacademy.com

Your True Worth. A Meditation by John Randolph Price

A Meditation

I came into this world with a very specific purpose.
I came to fulfill a mission.
I came to love life and realize the truth about me.
I came to contribute to the salvation of this world.

I am part of God and the fullness of the
Godhead dwells in me.
In the Mind of God, no one, or no thing
is useless or meaningless.
Everyone and everything is of critical importance
to the balance and order of the universe.
Without me, God would not be complete.
Without me, the universe would lose
its equilibrium.

All that is before me to,
I do with happy enthusiasm.
For nothing is too insignificant.
And never again will there be a sense
of futility in my life.

I am overflowing with gratitude to the Father for
the opportunity to be in physical form at this time.
I am so thankful to be right where I am, right now,
serving all who come my way with love,
joy, understanding, and forgiveness.

Recognizing my true worth,
I now go forth with uplifted vision.
I see with the inner eye the loving and
prospering activity of the Christ within.
I see with my physical eyes
lavish abundance everywhere.
I am peaceful, powerful, and poised,
for I know who I am.

By John Randolph Price from the book “The Success Book”.
©1998 John Randolph Price. All rights reserved.

Spirit is whispering. Are you listening?

Spirit is whispering. It does it always!

There is so much power in the silence, and still we are sometimes so afraid to experience it fully.

I have always cherished the solitude and the wisdom you can tap into as you quiet your mind, or at least lower the intensity of your mental chatter.

Are you taking time daily to tune into the sounds of the silence, and commune with your Higher Power and inner wisdom?

I do need this reminder so often. It is so easy to get caught up on the rush of life, and to forget our way back to that sacred place where we can truly embrace our own magnificence, and replenish and renew our spirits. I am delighted when I can remember where this sacred place is. Not a physical or tangible place, but one that you can create wherever you go because it flourishes from the depths of your heart and soul, and through a sincere intent and desire.

Remember…

Spirit’s whispering, and all you have to do is stop and listen!

 

 

Dr Wayne Dyer and The Art of Imagination

Be Willing to Dream
Choosing a life of greatness. ~ Dr Wayne Dyer

Powerful thoughts of Dr. Wayne Dyer and the Art of Imagination

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My favorite definition of success, which I’ve cited on numerous occasions, was offered by Henry David Thoreau in the mid-19th century at Walden Pond: “If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.” I’ve italicized two words in Thoreau’s definition of success—dreams and imagined.

What Thoreau is saying is so important to you today. Be willing to dream, and imagine yourself becoming all that you wish to be. If you live from those imaginings, the universe will align with you in bringing all that you wish for—and even more than you imagined when you were living at an ordinary level of consciousness, or what Thoreau calls “common hours.” Keep in mind the basic axiom—all that now exists was once imagined. It follows then that what you want to exist for you in the future must now be imagined.

You’ll see as you read through these foundations for fulfilling your wishes that using your imagination involves more intensity on your part than just imagining an occasional wishful thought. You must first unlearn some of the ways that you’ve been misusing or squandering the capacity your imagination has for providing you with an unlimited ability to manifest all that you desire. Thoreau called it advancing confidently in the direction of your own dreams. Unfortunately, most of us have learned to do the opposite with our imagination, and instead regularly use it to develop mental habits of advancing in precisely the reverse direction of our highest dreams for ourselves.

In my book Wishes Fulfilled: Mastering the Art of Manifesting, I also address in depth how to utilize the I ams and live from your I am God awareness, beginning with your imagination. Recall that I am God doesn’t refer to your body in any way. It refers to the birthless, deathless, changeless spirit that remains in all the changing forms your body takes every moment of your temporary life here on Earth.

It is important that you recognize a few of the imagination missteps that will block you from fulfilling your unique desires. Remember that your imagination is yours and yours alone. You have the inborn capacity to use it in any way that you choose. No one else is responsible for your imagination. Anything placed in your imagination and held there ultimately becomes your reality. Read More…

Wayne W. Dyer, Ph.D., is an internationally renowned author and speaker in the field of self-development. Wayne holds a doctorate in educational counseling from Wayne State University and was an associate professor at St. John’s University in New York.

Mindfulness: Becoming Fully Alive in Each Moment

I’ve always said that my children are the best teachers I have in this lifetime. They’ve also taught me about the Art of Mindfulness. The lesson came  from my two year old son, Miguelangel, born with Down syndrome.

Perhaps, one of the biggest developmental challenges we’ve faced is speech delay. The challenge has turned into a blessing. Learning to communicate in a powerful and meaningful way without the use of the written or spoken words is a delight.

I must confess that it’s been difficult to adjust to his demands. He truly knows what is like to be fully present. Me on the other hand tend to let my mind go adrift often.

During the past weeks I have been immersed in the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh in the book, The Art of Power
. He stresses the importance of expressing our love through mindfulness. I’ve found this practice to be freeing. As I focus on one and only one task or experience at a given time, I make better use of my time and energy. I’m more productive in my business. I feel fulfilled knowing that I’m giving the best of myself to my son right in this moment. I also express my love to him not only with words but connecting at all levels.

Thich Nhat Hanh teachings have been a remarkable source of inspiration to me. I hope that these thoughts inspire you to master the art of mindfulness as well. Here are some highlights about his perspective on love and mindfulness.

  • To love means being there for your beloved, recognizing his presence as important
  • To be there for him, you have to be there for yourself first
  • The practice of mindfulness will help you get deeply in touch with yourself
  • Mindful breathing takes you back to the joy, the beauty, the wonders of life, in and around you
  • Being in the here and now helps you recognize and transform your suffering
  • Developing self-understanding and self-love provides the foundation for understanding and loving another person
  •  Through the practice of mindful breathing, you bring your mind back to your body, you establish yourself in the here and now, you are fully present, and you can go to your loved one and say the first declaration of love, “Darling, you know, I’m here for you.”
  • Only with practice you produce your true presence
  • Mindfulness helps us know what is going on in our beloved

Here is the challenge for you, go to your beloved,  your partner, a sibling, your child, and express your love in a different way. Hold his or her hands and look into their eyes, and just allow the love to flow through you. Be aware of both, theirs and your own presence in the room. Enjoy the tactile experience of your hands and hearts coming together in a divine embrace, and then say to your beloved, “Darling, you know, I’m here for you.” 

Me, Myself and My Guru

Me, Myself and My Guru

While I was working on my new program, Ignite the Fire of Creation Within, the title of this article came to my mind. I attributed the definitions below, arbitrarily. There is no science behind it and I am not referring to a teaching or principle previously stated by other teachers, mentors or gurus, or at least, not that I know of. Any similarity with other teachings may be explained by the existence of the universal consciousness.

“Me” refers to the conscious mind and ego

“Myself,” to the divine, perfect being each of us is in essence, and

“My Guru” refers to the wise master that lives within each of us

Release “Me”                                                            

Embrace “Myself”

Trust “My Guru”

Releasing “Me”

When one addresses life from the conscious mind, one’s possibilities are limited to those known by the logical mind, preventing you from allowing the unexpected to manifest in your life.

Release “Me” to tap into your divine self and inner wisdom and to unlock your unlimited potential.

Embracing “Myself”

Once the ego self is released, embracing the divine within becomes natural. You’ll know you have embraced  “Myself,” when a deep and clear sense of unconditional love, security and expansion is predominant in your life, freeing you from fear and resurfacing as your authentic, loving self.

You let go and let God, because you have the certainty that every experience you manifest is on God’s schedule and for a highest purpose.

Trusting “My Guru”

Since ancient times, individuals have pursued spirituality and enlightenment. Today,  in an attempt to unveil the answers to philosophical and existentialist questions, men still look for visionaries, sages and/ or spiritual gurus. However, deep inside one’s soul exists every answer to the most intricate questions of mankind.

Once you reach the wisdom within, you will have found the until now, elusive “My Guru.”