Mind Fitness: How Meditation Boost Your Focus Resilience and Brain | Daniel Goleman

Mindfulness Meditation is the exercise for your brain. As I always tell my students If you follow through and practice mindfulness meditation every single day… pretty soon you’ll see results. You will notice how your reactivity reduced, how your focus & attention increased, and how you can respond to any situation wisely, instead of react blindly!

In this video Psychologist and science journalist, Daniel Goleman talks about the difference between altered state and altered trait, and how mindfulness meditation practices can boost your brain:

Altered states refers to a mode of consciousness or awareness that takes us out of our ordinary everyday sense of the world, sense of ourselves. We can enter altered states when we get intensely focused on something—deep concentration will bring you into an altered state, sometimes people like to talk how athletes get “into the zone” or they “get into flow”, those are everyday altered states, but they come from being intensely focused on some activity or in the moment itself. And of course, altered states can come from drugs or from being in an unusual physiological state. A fever can bring on an altered state. And of course, the ‘60s and ‘70s saw a huge upsurge of people interested in exploring altered states through psychedelics. So altered states are temporary conditions, and when whatever it was that brought on the special state of awareness leaves, then the state fades. So if you get into a flow state rock climbing, when you come down from the mountain, it’s gone—or whatever may have caused it: your temperature might have gone up, and put you into maybe not a pleasant altered state, but still an altered state. The temperature goes down, it’s gone.

Altered traits, on the other hand, are lasting changes or transformations of being, and they come classically through having cultivated an altered state through meditation, which then has a consequence for how you are day-to-day—and that’s different than how you were before you tried the meditation. And what we find in our research, as we say in the book Altered Traits, is that the more you meditate, the more lifetime hours you put into it, the stronger the lasting traits become.When we surveyed more than 6000 peer-reviewed articles published to date on meditation we used very strict rigorous methodological standards and we whittled them down to about 60, so maybe one percent of all those articles were really well done. And they document very strongly that altered traits are lasting consequences of regular meditation and it’s not that it’s the altered states that’s the point. If you look at the classic traditions from which meditation comes to us in the West, all of them talk about the quality of being, the person you’ve become. And we see it in the data in many ways. We see it in cognitive changes, we see in behavioural changes and most importantly we see it in neurological changes the neuroscience of meditation is really getting stronger and stronger. It’s pretty spectacular and it shows that brain function and perhaps even structure in the long-term meditators becomes different and becomes different in ways that are actually predicted in classic meditation texts. “

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Mini-Meditation Series: Gratitude & Appreciation, Gratefulness

Mini-meditation series:

Gratitude & appreciation, Gratefulness:

Let your bodies be still,

Let your eyes closed, or leave them open gaze down

Take a few deep breaths in and breathe out gently

Relax your body, clear your mind

On your next breath bring into your mind a few things that you are grateful for at this moment;

Your children, your partner, your profession, your health, the place you live, a hug from a friend, the sun on your face, some one’s smile,…, and so on

Notice how you feel, stay with the feeling arise here and reflect on them for a few more breaths

Then bring your attention to your breathing, come back to this moment

And slowly open your eyes and go on with your daily activities, happier and more content!

Try finding three things each day that you feel grateful for

Love & blessing,

Gita

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Mini-Meditation Series : Mindful Listening

Mini meditation series

Mindful listening:

Sit outside in the nature with your back straight & relaxed

Let your bodies be still

Let your eyes closed

Take a few deep breaths in, and breathe out gently

Relax your body, clear your mind

Now take a deep breath, and gently listen to the sounds around you while breathing

Sounds of the birds singing

Sounds of the leaves moving by the winds

Simply listen to the sounds of the nature for a few minutes, and enjoy the experience!

Then slowly come back to center, to your breath, to this moment… gently open your eyes and go on with your daily activities!

Love and Blessing

Gita

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What is Pain-body and how Mindfulness Meditation can help?

 

 

Pain-body is negative emotions, it is an accumulation of difficult life experiences that were not fully faced and accepted at the time of arousal. It leaves behind an energy form of emotional pain, and then after some years, you have a “pain-body”, an energy entity consisting of old strong emotions.

It lives in human beings, and it is the emotional aspect of egoic consciousness. When the ego is amplified by the emotion of the pain-body, you need to first recognize it when it shifts from dormant to active, then to be present for it, to observe and acknowledge it and let it fade away from your conscious mind.

Mindfulness Meditation techniques give the practitioner the opportunity to first understand its own Pain-body and become aware of it, then learn how to manage it properly. You can bring these emotions to present moment by observing your thoughts, emotions, and feelings while practising mindfulness, acknowledging them and letting them go at the time of arising.

Also once we understand that we have a pain body and need to be aware of it, we will realize that other people around us, each of them also have a pain body of their own. Therefore we become more compassionate towards them when we notice their pain bodies have gone up!

During your regular meditation practice, you may recall one piece of the memory of an incident from the past that it may happen to you years ago. You then look at it with your present eyes and acknowledge it and let it come into your awareness, then consciously allow it to pass from your conditioned mind. What just happened here is that the intensity of the pain body that just has been acknowledged, will be reduced from your mind and you feel lighter and calmer. It is like a heavy load got off your shoulder!

“The beginning of freedom from the pain-body lies first of all in the realization that you have a pain-body. Then, more important, in your ability to stay present enough alert enough, to notice the pain-body in yourself as a heavy influx of negative emotion when it becomes active. When it is recognized, it can no longer pretend to be you and live and renew itself through you.” Eckhart Tolle

Love & Blessing

Gita Nilforoush

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Mini-Meditation Series: Naming Emotions

Mini-meditation series:

Naming emotions:

Let your bodies be still

Let your eyes closed or leave them open gaze down

Take a few deep breaths in and breathe out gently

Relax your body, clear your mind

Take a deep breath in and breathe out any emotions, feelings or sensations experiencing at the moment

On your next breath see if you can name the emotions you are experiencing at this moment

There might be negative or positive, emotions like disappointment, anger, sadness, hopelessness, jealousy, excitement, resentment, anxiety, joy, and so on.., just name them silently in your mind or say it loud if you wish

Simply be with them for a bit, accept them as they are…

See if you can feel them anywhere in your body, and gently let them pass through your mind & body

Then bring your attention back to your breathing, come back to this moment, come back to center…

And slowly open your eyes and go on with your daily activities

Love & blessing

Gita

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Mini-Meditation Series: Mindful Seeing

Mini-meditation series

Mindful seeing:

Sit outside in nature with your back straight and relaxed

Let your bodies be still

Leave your eyes wide open, for this meditation

Take a few deep breaths in and breathe out gently,

Relax your body, clear your mind

Look at the beauty of nature

The trees with beautiful leaves,

The flowers with amazing shapes and colors

The vast beautiful sky with the clouds passing through it

Just look and observe all the beauty of nature and come back to your breath, come back to center…. to this moment and enjoy the experience!

Love and Blessing

Gita

Published: October 30, 2017

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Mini-Meditation Series: Mindful Breathing

Mini-meditation series:

Mindful breathing

Sit on a chair or cushion with your back straight & relaxed

Let your bodies be still

Let your eyes closed or leave them open gaze down

Take a few deep breaths in and breathe out gently

Relax your body, clear your mind

Take a deep breath in and breathe out any emotions, feelings or sensations experiencing at the moment…

Take another deep breath in, bring energy & oxygen inside your body & mind….. breathe out any tension, stress, tiredness or any feelings experiencing at this moment …., breathe them out and let them go….

Then slowly come back to center, to your breath, to this moment… gently open your eyes and go on with your daily activities!

Love and blessing

Gita

Published: Oct. 26, 2017

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A Brief Mindfulness Meditation Practice (Blue Sky Mind)

 

Your Mind is like a blue clear sky, and your thoughts, emotions, and feelings are like the clouds on the vast sky of your mind……. when the clouds gradually go away, the pure blue sky will shine clearly with all its potentials, and then you will see the clarity of your mind.

When the strong thoughts, emotions, and feelings subside; our minds become clearer and a deep happiness and peace arise from within consequently.

Love & Blessing,

Gita

 

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Break Through Habitual Patterning with Mindfulness.

We are all familiar with some of the patterns that have been engraved in our minds from our childhood. We unconsciously keep repeating the same old patterns again and again. Does this sound familiar to you?
How do you break through these patterns that have been imprinted in your subconscious mind?

There are patterns of perception in our minds that have been developing since our childhood. We have been conditioned by the way we have raised, the way we were taught to react to different situations, the way our parents treated us, what our teachers at school taught us, and the set up of the society as a whole.

By practising mindfulness meditation and observing our thoughts and behaviours in the moment, gradually we would be able to start developing a witness, and eventually waking up out of our patterning and the habitual behaviours that have been established in our subconscious minds from our childhood conditioning, and our past lives.

By cultivating the ability to pause, being open, bring clarity, recognition and proper response instead of automatic reactions, observing and recognizing our patterns; we will be able to make new choices, allowing for new possibilities and outcomes.

 

 

 

When we can observe our thoughts during meditation without judgment, negative or positive, we have developed a Witness. By noticing how these thoughts make us feel, we can start naming the emotions that come to us. This process allows us to bring that recognition to the conscious mind moment by moment. By regular practice and making conscious what has been unconscious, the power of the shadows and their patterns in our minds and lives will be reduced and gradually it will be diminished!

Our feelings are the way in which our subconscious minds communicate with us. When we are consciously being aware at each moment; we can observe and act without reaction or attachment to these feelings. This clarity of mind means we will be able to see our patterns clearly and therefore avoid repeating them unconsciously. Mindfulness meditation sheds light on, breaks through and goes beyond human shadows, conditioning, and patterning.

 

Love & Blessing,
Gita Nilforoush

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Naming Emotions during Mindfulness Meditation & The Science Behind it.

The science behind using anchor words, labelling or naming emotions:

“The right hemisphere of the brain takes the lead in perceiving visceral sensations (emotions come from this side of the brain), while the left hemisphere is mainly responsible for linguistics and logic.

When an emotion is felt in the body and “recognized” by the right hemisphere and then labelled (using anchor words) by the left hemisphere, hemispheric functions are integrated. An outcome of this hemispheric integration is that emotions appear to lose some of their intensity and power when they are labelled.”

from the report published by Lieberman et al., 2011

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