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5 Interesting Facts About Meditation

5 Interesting Facts About Meditation

1. It makes your brain plastic. Plastic meaning that our brain can change.  That means our brain’s potential is not set at birth — we can actually strengthen and improve our brains in ways once science said is impossible. When we train our mind to focus  we are happy. Keeping your attention focused on the present, accepting the moment without judgment, has been studied extensively for its infusion of positive psychological benefits. Many scientists are now saying, focusing our awareness is where we find our true happiness. Understanding that the mind and body are one entity and that the energetic

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Meditation and It’s Practice

Meditation and It's Practice

According to Sri Swami Rama, it was stated that “meditation is a process of purifying the mind and making it one-pointed, inward, and tranquil.  Through the method of meditation, the mind will help you to fathom the deeper levels of your being and lead you to the highest state of realization.” From The Essence of Spiritual Life By Swami Rama Meditation is a practice.   It is not something that happens right from the beginning unless you are very lucky. It is also not mindfulness, relaxation, listening with a headset different tones and pitches or for that matter, anything that

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Breathing Modulates Brain Activity and Mental Function

Breathing Modulates Brain Activity and Mental Function

The rhythm of breathing co-ordinates electrical activity across a network of brain regions associated with smell, memory, and emotions, and can enhance their functioning, according to a new study by researchers at Northwestern University. The findings, published in the Journal of Neuroscience, suggest that breathing does not merely supply oxygen to the brain and body, but may also organize the activity of populations of cells within multiple brain regions to help orchestrate complex behaviors. Zelano, C., et al. (2016). Nasal Respiration Entrains Human Limbic Oscillations and Modulates Cognitive Function. J. Neurosci., 6: 12448 –12467 [Abstract]

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Diaphragmatic Breathing in Patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder

Diaphragmatic Breathing in Patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder

Breathing exercises for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) aim to alter respiratory muscle recruitment, improve respiratory muscle performance and reduce dyspnoea. The efficacy of studies to date show some evidence but outcomes are inconsistent.   Although some studies have reported positive short-term physiological effects of breathing exercises in people with COPD, their effects on dyspnoea, exercise capacity and well being are still under investigation. Fernandes M1, Cukier A, Feltrim MI. Efficacy of diaphragmatic breathing in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Chron Respir Dis. 2011;8(4):237-44. doi: 10.1177/1479972311424296. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22094449 Holland AE1, Hill CJ, Jones AY, McDonald CF. Breathing exercises for

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