Meditation is an approach to training the mind, similar to the way that fitness is an approach to training the body. Here, Dr. Ushy Mohan Das, will guide us into the basics we need to know about meditation.
To be happy and healthy we need to sleep well, eat right, and exercise. According to the neuroplasticity of the brain, our potential is not set at birth. This potential is strengthened and improved in ways once believed impossible.
However, very few of us realize just how important “human connectedness” is to our overall mental, emotional, and physical well-being.
According to a highly referenced 300,000+ person study published in the esteemed ‘PLOS Medicine’ journal, people with the most social relationships (both quantity & quality) are not only much happier, but live 50%+ longer (!) than the rest of us lonely folks.
Not only do experienced meditators often look decades younger than their “true” age, but they also live much longer lives than the rest of us mere mortals.
And the reasons why, are nothing short of incredible. We have long known that this due to some kind of uber-complex, multi-leveled hierarchy to the human mind.
Many deep thinkers are highly aware that just below the surface of their conscious mind(s) was a dormant volcano of powerful thought energy just waiting to erupt — with a few of them tapping into, perhaps even somewhat controlling this infinite force to produce their timeless, highly-influential bodies of work. Like an iceberg, there is a great deal under the surface of our conscious, everyday level of thinking — hidden from view. Best known as the subconscious and unconscious, these powerful mind layers do much of our thinking.
Meditation is the best way to train our mind to be a more precise, better in quality, higher functioning data filter thus making one a more mindful, happy person in the process.
My interactions showed that “feeling connected” to others strengthens immunity, while other studies have cited lower levels of anxiety and depression, higher self-esteem and empathy. Because of the human mind’s tendency to obsess over the past and worry about the future (instead of simply being present), too much time alone can have real mental and physical health consequences.
Thinking back, when was your happiest times? For most folks, those precious, magical moments with beloved friends and family quickly come to mind.
Whether we are playing games, eating, drinking, talking, or laughing with our loved ones, the natural human connection we feel anchors our awareness firmly into the present (instead of worrying and obsessing when alone).To ensure loneliness doesn’t roast your brain, you need to keep your parietal lobe calm, cool, and collected. Thankfully, meditation is up to the task.
Left Brain vs Right Brain:
Your brain has two hemispheres, left and right.
“Each hemisphere is a conscious system in its own right, perceiving, thinking, remembering, reasoning, willing, and emoting, all at a characteristically human level,” said Dr Roger Sperry.
While a great deal of Dr Sperry’s “left brain / right brain” research still holds true today, certain parts of his model have been updated over the last 40 years. For example, neuroscientists have recently learned that highly creative people are actually “whole brain” thinkers rather than just “right brain” thinkers. However, this “imbalanced” brain findings have stood the test of time.
Meditation Balances Hemisphere Function:
The “corpus callosum,” the grand central station-like cable of nerves cross-linking the brain hemispheres, was remarkably stronger, thicker, and better connected in meditation practitioners.
For those of us looking to maximize our potential, meditation is one of the best known ways to go ahead. Meditation helps a hyper-connected, ultra-efficient bridge between our brain halves. Harmonizing both brain hemispheres opens the door to a plethora of benefits, with better focus, deeper thought, super creativity, excellent mental health, enhanced memory, and clearer thinking.
People Who Meditate Sleep Better:
Soon after beginning a meditation practice, many people report needing less sleep. Why is this the case? Here you will learn why meditation does in fact replace sleep to a very strong degree, the most critical difference between the two, and why no amount of meditation can completely replace your nightly sleep cycle. If you are looking to have a more succinct sleep cycle, then getting more of the highly critical chemical melatonin into your body is key.
Melatonin is a hormone known for creating restful sleep – many sleepless people have problems producing enough of this very vital chemical, and is key if you want to sleep like a log.
What inhibits your body’s production of melatonin the most? Stress.
Stress is a real negative vortex — the number one enemy for those looking to sleep fewer hours per night. Thankfully, there is a time-tested, all natural solution.
In a highly cited Rutgers University study, meditation was effectively proven to boost melatonin levels by an average of 98%, with many participants showing increases of more than 300%!
Meditation Builds A Bigger, More Emotionally Intelligent Brain:
People high on the EQ chart tend to be masters of both work and play. They usually have prosperous careers, long-lasting, fulfilling relationships, and tons of friends. They are often generous, empathic, self-motivated, with the ability to love and be loved. Meditators have been the coolest of the cool for millennia, which is now confirmed by science.
Our brains are still wired much like our stone-age ancestors. While we live in modern cities free of wild animals — our job stress, money problems, and relationship quarrels still trigger our “fight or flight” fear response eight days a week.
There are many highly successful people who are on the record crediting meditation as their technique for generating transformative ideas. While we all want change in the world, the first thing that needs to change is us. Meditation bridges that gap wonderfully, upgrading our minds and reprogramming our thoughts to easily manifest whatever end goal we desire — with abundance, health, and happiness just the beginning.
Change your thoughts. Change your life. Change the world. Discover meditation.
Professor Dr Ushy Mohan Das
Chief Coach,CEO I Dr Ushy’s Wisdom Works