How Can You Benefits from Meditation

My thought on Meditation.

I guess all readers here, are no stranger when it come to exercise. Besides owning a strong healthy body, we also need a sharp and mental alert mind to allow us to make better decisions which in return have a huge impact on our wealth creation journey!

Whiles exercise is to have a good workout of various physical part of our body, but have you ever wonder what about of our Mind (Note : there is a difference between brain and mind, i shall not go in depth on that.). How can we exercise our mind? How can we give it a good workout and train it to stay sharp at all time? And that is the topic for today.

Here is a video extraction of Our Singapore Founder Mr Lee Kuan Yew discussing how meditation has help him, especially on calming him down when he faced problem.

And for those are interested to pick up meditation, you are welcome to visit the following URL to get enroll (lessons based in Singapore)

http://www.i-fsbazi.com/ifb/Documents/5th%20RDX%20Notes%20-%20English.pdf

 

The following article can be found under http://lifehacker.com/what-happens-to-the-brain-when-you-meditate-and-how-it-1202533314

How Can You Benefits from Meditation

What Happens to the Brain When You Meditate (And How it Benefits You)

What is Meditation?

There are different ways to meditate, and since it’s such a personal practice there are probably more than any of us know about. There are a couple that are usually focused on heavily in scientific research, though. These are focused-attention, or mindful meditation, which is where you focus on one specific thing—it could be your breathing, a sensation in your body or a particular object outside of you. The point of this type of meditation is to focus strongly on one point and continually bring your attention back to that focal point when it wanders.

The other type of meditation that’s often used in research is open-monitoring meditation. This is where you pay attention to all of the things happening around you—you simply notice everything without reacting.

What Happens in Your Brain When You Meditate

This is where things get really interesting. Using modern technology like fMRI scans, scientists have developed a more thorough understanding of what’s taking place in our brains when we meditate. The overall difference is that our brains stop processing information as actively as they normally would. We start to show a decrease in beta waves, which indicate that our brains are processing information, even after a single 20-minute meditation session if we’ve never tried it before.

In the image below you can see how the beta waves (shown in bright colors on the left) are dramatically reduced during meditation (on the right).

What Happens to the Brain When You Meditate (And How it Benefits You)

Below is the best explanation I found of what happens in each part of the brain during meditation:

Frontal lobe
This is the most highly evolved part of the brain, responsible for reasoning, planning, emotions and self-conscious awareness. During meditation, the frontal cortex tends to go offline.

Parietal lobe
This part of the brain processes sensory information about the surrounding world, orienting you in time and space. During meditation, activity in the parietal lobe slows down.

Thalamus
The gatekeeper for the senses, this organ focuses your attention by funneling some sensory data deeper into the brain and stopping other signals in their tracks. Meditation reduces the flow of incoming information to a trickle.

Reticular formation
As the brain’s sentry, this structure receives incoming stimuli and puts the brain on alert, ready to respond. Meditating dials back the arousal signal.

How Meditation Affects You

Now that we know what’s going on inside our brains, let’s take a look at the research into the ways it affects our health.

Better Focus

Because meditation is a practice in focusing our attention and being aware of when it drifts, this actually improves our focus when we’re not meditating, as well. It’s a lasting effect that comes from regular bouts of meditation.

Less Anxiety

This point is pretty technical, but it’s really interesting. The more we meditate, the less anxiety we have, and it turns out this is because we’re actually loosening the connections of particular neural pathways. This sounds bad, but it’s not.

What happens without meditation is that there’s a section of our brains that’s sometimes called the Me Center (it’s technically the medial prefrontal cortex). This is the part that processes information relating to ourselves and our experiences. Normally the neural pathways from the bodily sensation and fear centers of the brain to the Me Center are really strong. When you experience a scary or upsetting sensation, it triggers a strong reaction in your Me Center, making you feel scared and under attack.

When we meditate, we weaken this neural connection. This means that we don’t react as strongly to sensations that might have once lit up our Me Centers. As we weaken this connection, we simultaneously strengthen the connection between what’s known as our Assessment Center (the part of our brains known for reasoning) and our bodily sensation and fear centers. So when we experience scary or upsetting sensations, we can more easily look at them rationally. Here’s a good example:

More Creativity

As a writer, this is one thing I’m always interested in. Unfortunately, it’s not the easiest thing to study, but there is some research into how meditation can affect our creativity.

Researchers at Leiden University in the Netherlands studied both focused-attention and open-monitoring mediation to see if there was any improvement in creativity afterwards. They found that people who practiced focused-attention meditation did not show any obvious signs of improvement in the creativity task following their meditation. For those who did open-monitoring meditation, however, they performed better on a task that asked them to come up with new ideas.

More Compassion

Research on meditation has shown that empathy and compassion are higher in those who practice meditation regularly. One experiment showed participants images of other people that were either good, bad or neutral in what they called “compassion meditation.” The participants were able to focus their attention and reduce their emotional reactions to these images, even when they weren’t in a meditative state. They also experienced more compassion for others when shown disturbing images.

Part of this comes from activity in the amygdala—the part of the brain that processes emotional stimuli. During meditation, this part of the brain normally shows decreased activity, but in this experiment it was exceptionally responsive when participants were shown images of people.

Another study in 2008 found that people who meditated regularly had stronger activation levels in their temporal parietal junctures (a part of the brain tied to empathy) when they heard the sounds of people suffering, than those who didn’t meditate.

Better Memory

One of the things meditation has been linked to is improving rapid memory recall. Catherine Kerr, a researcher at the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging and the Osher Research Center found that people who practiced mindful meditation were able to adjust the brain wave that screens out distractions and increase their productivity more quickly that those that did not meditate. She said that this ability to ignore distractions could explain “their superior ability to rapidly remember and incorporate new facts.” This seems to be very similar to the power of being exposed to new situations that will also dramatically improve our memory of things.

Less Stress

Mindful meditation has been shown to help people perform under pressure while feeling less stressed. A 2012 study split a group of human resources managers into three, which one third participating in mindful meditation training, another third taking body relaxation training and the last third given no training at all. A stressful multitasking test was given to all the managers before and after the eight-week experiment. In the final test, the group that had participated in the meditation training reported less stress during the test than both of the other groups.

More Gray Matter

Meditation has been linked to larger amounts of gray matter in the hippocampus and frontal areas of the brain. I didn’t know what this meant at first, but it turns out it’s pretty great. More gray matter can lead to more positive emotions, longer-lasting emotional stability, and heightened focus during daily life.

Meditation has also been shown to diminish age-related effects on gray matter and reduce the decline of our cognitive functioning.

What Happens to the Brain When You Meditate (And How it Benefits You)

 

 

 

The Simple Act of Pay It Forward

Happiness come in many form, word of encouragement, giving out foods, or monetary help. Let start today to pay it forward in your life.(Picture from http://successinhr.com/pay-it-forward)

Happiness come in many form, word of encouragement, giving out foods, or monetary help. Let start today to pay it forward. (Picture from http://successinhr.com/pay-it-forward)

My Believe

Because of my faith in Buddhism, i often put this believe of giving out into practice. Often by “giving” to people out in the street, be it of exchange for their tissue or their musical performance.

When i started to got bigger plot of gold from stock market,  i was inspired(and i still inspired as of now. :)) to “give” out bigger amount. And there was this encounter which i could remember it clearly. I was heading to get my family some breads for next day’s breakfast, where i came across this wheelchair bound male elder (he had his leg amputated, due to diabetic). From his facial appearance, there was no doubt that he lead a tough life, but he still carry a sincere smile.  After i came to him, my body and my mind just naturally come in together to lower myself down, to be same level as him.  When i pull out my “giving” amount, i could see his eye become red and heavy with tear which he trying to hold back. And i feel good in myself that i can act this humble. We chat for a whiles, which i got know that he into his 50, with two kids and they are staying with their relative.

 December – Period of Celebration

We are into the month of December where it is the month of celebration. Flooded with monetary bonus, people are planning for that wonderful holiday, celebrating that White Christmas or simply to purchase that dream car. The list just go on. Whiles we are celebrating, with these happiness around us, should not we also “give” out some happiness to those in need? The happiness come in different form, some kind word to encourage some physical disabled folk, giving out foods to the needy, to help out with their daily activities, not necessary in the monetary form. It is just a simple act of pay it forward to start in your daily life. let it be today! :)

 A Simple Act of Caring Creates An Endless Ripples That Come back To You

 

Look Beyond Wealth

Beyond Wealth

Come across this article,(extract of the article as follow) and finish reading it with a heavy heart. In our purse to be more rich, own more houses and to earn more money, coupling with the fast speed life style we having, we often ignore or forget the main objective behind our action. To earn more money to make up to our children with more material resources where we just want to cover our guilty of not spending enough time with them? Or want to provide a better life for our parent, working all day long and can only meet them up during Chinese Reunion Dinner, but where just a weekly call to them is what they need the most? The list just go on.

What is your objectives?

Time to revisit the reason behind your motivation to be rich, successful, and get in touch with your real self and fine tuned your action.
Time to know your true reason, not some general reason like giving your parent a better life and use the excuse make us look holy.
And it’s times for you to look beyond wealth and appreciate those ugly beauty around you.

It is important for you to look beyond wealth, and unearth the goodness in everything. Take time to appreciate everything around you and plus spend quality time with your loves one.

Everyone Was Warned Not To Touch Him, But This Guy Did

Everyone in the apartment complex i lived in knew who ugly was. Ugly was the resident tomcat.

Ugly loved three things in this world: fighting, eating garbage, and shall we say, love. The combination of these things combined with a life spent outside had their effect on Ugly.

To start with, he had only one eye, and where the other should have been was a gaping hole. He was also missing his ear on the same side, his left foot has appeared to have been badly broken at one time, and had healed at an unnatural angle, making him look like he was always turning the corner. His tail has long since been lost, leaving only the smallest stub, which he would constantly jerk and twitch. Ugly would have been a dark gray tabby striped-type, except for the sores covering his head, neck, even his shoulders with thick, yellowing scabs.

Every time someone saw Ugly there was the same reaction. “That’s one UGLY cat!!”
All the children were warned not to touch him, the adults threw rocks at him, hosed him down squirted him when he tried to come in their homes, or shut his paws in the doors when he would not leave.

Ugly always had the same reaction. If you turned the hose on him, he would stand there, getting soaked until you gave up and quit. if you threw things at him, he would curl his lanky body around feet in forgiveness. Whenever he spied children, he would come running meowing frantically and bump his head against their hands, begging for their love. if you ever pick him up, he would immediately begin suckling on your shirt, earrings, whatever he could find.

One day Ugly shared his love with the neighbours huskies. They did not respond with kindness, and Ugly was badly mauled. From my apartment i could hear his screams, and i tried to rush to his aid. By the time, i got to where he was laying, it was apparent Ugly’s sad life was almost at an end.

Ugly lay in a wet circle, his back legs and lower back twisted grossly out of shape, a gaping tear in the white strip of fur that ran down his front. As i picked him up and tried to carry him home i could hear him wheezing and gasping, and could feel him struggling. I must be hurting him terribly i thought.

Then i felt a familiar tugging, sucking sensation on my ear – Ugly, in so much pain, suffering and obviously dying was trying to suckle my ear. I pulled him closer to me, and he bumped the palm of hand with his head, then he turned his one golden eye towards me, and i could hear the distinct sound of purring. Even in the greatest pain, that ugly battled-scarred cat was asking only for a little affection, perhaps some compassion.

At the moment i though Ugly was the most beautiful, loving creature i had ever seen. Never once did he try to bite or scratch me, or even try to get away from me, or struggle in any way. Ugly just looked up at me completely trusting in me to relieve his pain.

Ugly died in my arms before i could get inside, but i sat and held him for a long tie afterwards, thinking about how one scarred, deformed little stray could so alter my opinion about what it means to have true pureness of spirit, to love so totally and truly. Ugly taught me more about giving and compassion than a thousand books, lectures, or talk show. Specials ever could, and for that i will always be thankful. He had been scarred for the outside, but i was scarred on the inside, and it was time for me to move on and learn to love truly and deeply. To give my total to those i cared for.

Many people want to be richer, more successful, well liked, beautiful, but for me, i will always try to be Ugly.

Role of Spiritual Wellness when building your Pillar.

Role of Spiritual Wellness when building your Pillar.

Yesterday i had a wonderfully & delighting discussion with my friend over the challenging of building Wealth and being Spiritually Strpathong at the same time. I can understand his view of point as it is total conflicting between Wealth and Spiritual.

During my discussion with him, i can sense his strong Spiritually well being, and i glad to have such a strong fellow mate in my circle of life.

To improve or to enhance your current wealth status  will be like defining a destination for your ship to  dock at. But having a strong Spiritually well being, that will define the path of how you will arrive. And what does Spiritually Strong (Spiritual Wellness) mean to me? It’s a set of guideline to enable me to think and act beyond the current scope.

For example, using your wealth status or inner circle of friends to influence more people to join in your good cause. To leverage on more people to build a bigger and better scale of the good cause that you want to have.

Of course this just one way out of the countless way. But most important to develop your Spiritually Well Being in order guide you well during the process of finding your path to your destination!

I do have an interesting article from http://www.dukeclarke.com and Meanwhile, have fun reading the article Meaning of Life!

Note : I’m a believer of Buddhism. :)

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