Tuesday, August 18, 2020

3 helpful meditation tips

Advice from Researchers on Meditation -

 3 Helpful Tips 

Daniel Goleman, a science writer twice nominated for the Pulitzer Prize got together with Richard Davidson, a professor of psychology and psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Davidson was one of the first researchers to demonstrate neuroplasticity of the brain — its ability to change in response to new information — and has been researching meditation for years. 

They looked at 6,000 published peer-reviewed articles about the benefits of meditation. Together they wrote The Science of Meditation: How to Change Your Brain, Mind and Body. 

These are just some of the findings: 
  • Benefits emerge in the beginning hours, days, and weeks of meditation.
  • “Other payoffs for novices are an increased ability to focus, less mind-wandering, and improved memory,” Goleman says. 
  • The more hours you meditate over a lifetime, the wider the array of benefits you will notice and the stronger these benefits become. 
  • With long-term meditators, there was a lower reactivity to stress as well as lessened inflammation. 
  • For those who think they can’t meditate, you may think, ‘Oh, I can’t control my mind,’ but it’s not about controlling your mind. Meditation brings discipline to the mind. 

The authors shared this advice
  1. It is important for novice meditators to have a good teacher. 
  2. Go on a retreat where someone can guide you because the data suggests that’s when people make the most measurable progress. “Feedback from a teacher is important because you can get stuck. Even though I’ve meditated for many years, I can still improve.” Goleman says. 
  3. A few minutes a day is better than nothing. “Ten minutes in the morning, ten at lunch and ten at night is a good way to start,” he suggests. Money worries, family issues or health problems may remain, but meditation helps many people to work towards creating an unworried mind.
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  1. Before starting your meditation, you need to find a quiet and peaceful place where you will not be distracted. The room where you want to practice in should not be too dark or too bright or too warm or too cold. modernzen.org

    1. Hi Kevin,
      I understand that finding a quiet, peaceful place is ideal. However, one of the great things about the practice of the Art of Ascension is that finding a quiet and peaceful place is not required. I taught this practice in prison where the inmates live in a dormitory setting where the lights are on 24/7. What I love about the practice is that it can be done anywhere and anytime!

  2. Zen meditation is an ancient Buddhist tradition that dates back to the Tang Dynasty in 7th century China. If you want to know details about zen meditation, check out this website - modernzen.org

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