We know it is possible to hack the nervous system and rewire the mind with the practice of meditation, so if the mind can be reshaped, upgraded and rewired this means our perceptions. physicality, psychology and chemistry change too.
It is favourited by most psychologists as a tool in emotional self-regulation, cognitive training, stress management, anxiety, PTSD and other mental illnesses. Scholars, schools and researches in human behavioural psychology, health and wellbeing are trialling new curriculums that incorporate the ethics and practice of eastern mindfulness in an attempt to curb the rising stats in childhood and adolescents mental illness.
Existing the world for over 15,000 years, the practice of meditation was once seen as some sort of mystical science out of reach and unrealistic, impractical and a little left of field for the everyday man. But with the upsurge of its popularity in the western culture and it’s rebranding as mindfulness in western psychology, meditation is fast becoming a household word.
‘The goal of meditation is simple – it is to increase your self-awareness so you can make better decisions in life, it helps you to navigate the mind rather than being a slave to it and helps you to explore different levels of your psyche. It opens the door to deeper self-awareness, self-acceptance and helps to replace negative thoughts and behaviours with new ones that are positive and well-meaning’. (See Meditation Vs Mindfulness )→
The health benefits that accompany this introspective practice are endless and that is why it is and should be, and is so widely used. There are thousands of scientific investigations and publications on the benefits of meditation and they include; lowered blood pressure, increased immunity, higher brain function, brain cell repair, enhanced creativity, concentration, empathy and longevity.
The coolest part about meditation is that It helps to re-wire, re-calibrate and upgrade your mental software through concentration practices, self-awareness and positivity training. Science confirmed this many years back when they started hooking up monks to FMRI and looking at how their brains would light up during deep concentration.
This beguiling collaboration between the ancient east and cutting-edge science has rocked the world in – as – much as it has provided vital evidence in proving the mind is plastic (which means that it can be changed an rewired throughout our lifetime). Knowing the brain can be changed has enormously impacted the treatment of degenerative illness like Parkinsons Disease and Dementia but has also pointed us toward some much more alluring concepts about who we are, what we are and what we are capable of achieving; when we put our minds to something. (sorry couldn’t help myself).
Buddha’s Brain: Neuroplasticity and Meditation
Over a lifetime you incorporate and process billions and billions of bits of information through your senses. Actually more accurately your brain processes 400 billion bits of information every second. All this information is processed in your subconscious mind and you are only aware of a very small portion of it, the rest is stored inside your brain, cells and tissues.
This mental junk that resides throughout your system is meant to be processed and cleared out to make room for new goodies but if it’s not, it clogs you up emotionally, mentally and physically and left too long will begin to fester like a giant pile of garbage
Unprocessed emotions and traumatic experiences can lead to addiction – a lot of experts will say that the cause of anxiety, depression, alcoholism, drug addiction, and general unhappiness is due to unprocessed emotional trauma and embedded beliefs and thought patterns from past experiences.
Most psychologists, councillors, gurus, mystics, monks, psychiatrist and even the Dalai Lama agree that the mind is the centre of our anxiety, misery and unhappiness and being unaware of its power to distort your perception of reality can destroy your life.
Marisa Peer is a British Hypnotherapist, entrepreneur, author and Keynote speaker who is dubbed Britain’s No.1 therapist says that 90% of people she treats all have one thing in common, they believe that they are either unlovable, unworthy of love and success, or undeserving of happiness,
Marisa is credited with solving the mysteries of mental anguish for many rock-stars, royals, presidents, politicians, and CEO’s of major international companies for their problems with alcoholism, drug addiction, self-sabotage, anxiety, depression and suicidal behaviours.
Marisa says most people have no idea that what they think directly impacts their behaviour and their success. And that their happiness, relationships, health and achievements in life are directly linked to their internal monologues. She says people don’t achieve their goals because of their beliefs and not because of their perceived impairments.
” first you make your beliefs, then your beliefs make you ‘…
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