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Meditation changes the structure of the brain in 8 weeks
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Newuser

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 Participating in an 8-week mindfulness meditation program appears to make measurable changes in brain regions associated with memory, sense of self, empathy and stress. In a study that will appear in the January 30 issue of Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging, a team led by Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) researchers report the results of their study, the first to document meditation-produced changes over time in the brain's grey matter.

Previous studies from Lazar's group and others found structural differences between the brains of experienced mediation practitioners and individuals with no history of meditation, observing thickening of the cerebral cortex in areas associated with attention and emotional integration. But those investigations could not document that those differences were actually produced by meditation.

"It is fascinating to see the brain's plasticity and that, by practicing meditation, we can play an active role in changing the brain and can increase our well-being and quality of life." says Britta Hölzel, PhD, first author of the paper and a research fellow at MGH and Giessen University in Germany.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/01/110121144007.htm
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seannycage

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 Haha thanx for sharing i almost skipped meditation today intell i read this.It reminded me of what i already know.
 Thanx man
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Thanks mate this was interesting
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Thanks mate this was interesting
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 Yeah heres another really in depth link that I came across: http://www.frontiersin.org/Human_Neuroscience/10.3389/fnhum.2012.00296/full 

"Self-awareness, self-regulation, and self-transcendence (S-ART): a framework for understanding the neurobiological mechanisms of mindfulness --

Six Component Neurocognitive Mechanisms of Mindfulness -- 

As illustrated, mindfulness is not a unitary construct and the process models are an attempt to illustrate the cognitive and psychological processes that support the meditation practices. These component processes provide the proposed mechanisms by which mindfulness works to increase S-ART—the framework for reducing self-specific biases and sustaining a healthy mind. The S-ART framework includes six component supportive mechanisms underlying the practice and cultivation of mindfulness as a state and trait: (1) intention and motivation; (2) attention regulation; (3) emotion regulation; (4) memory extinction and reconsolidation; (5) prosociality; (6) non-attachment and de-centering. Here we describe the neurobiological substrates of each mechanism and provide support from the extant contemplative science literature."


Its cool.

I just started meditating again and I cannot fucking believe that I wasnt doing this consistently. My problem before was that I would rarely be present even if I did it for two - three weeks. Then I came across this book - The Kinslow System by Frank Kinslow -- which in terms of actual medititation practice was 100x better than Tolle. Tolle goes really indepth though and you'll get a better understanding of things but the stuff Frank Kinslow teaches lead to me becoming FULLY present and immersed in 'pure awareness' for the majority of my meditation sessions. 

And so I finally really started to reap the benefits. Everything is SOOOOOO much better. 

I feel a lot more lighthearted and happy throughout the day. My voice has gotten deeper which is odd. Feeling more confident and have a lot more conviction in my behaviour. I'm not getting palpitations as much which is honestly quite a relief. And sometimes I'll look around the room and everything just seems so much more vibrant and nicer, like seeing an object again for the first time, similar to a low dosage of mushrooms. Its so much easier to cut out auto-pilot behaviours and act in ways that I want. Eye contact has improved. Plus I just feel a lot more chill overall. And when you're naturally feeling that good you'll normally have the tendancy to get your 'petty little-self' out the way and have a lot more compassion for others which in turn leads you to offering more value since you've already got a full cup.

Part of the reason it helps with game and socialising is that it takes away all the bullshit that you've accumilated over the years so you're closer to your 'natural state' - or how you would be if you have a good upbringing, great emotional health, had your shit together, were happy, had abundance etc. 

Two others books I've heard good things about that I really want to read are:

The Posture of Meditation
Full Body Presence 
The Attention Revolution

I was always really on and off with meditation. Hated focusing on my breathing and Holosync was just too long. Never did it consistently and then when I finally did start doing it consistently I ended up reading Jed McKenna -- which uhh kinda messed me up and so I let go of all spiritual shit for a good three years. 

Cant wait to see how this turns out after the 8 week mark cus its only been 1 week so far! 
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For me meditation has been huge for recognizing rumination and anxiety. I would find myself ruminating over things that happened yesterday, last week, last year, ten years ago...etc. Once you become mindful of the way you think it become easier to control your thoughts. Same goes for anxiety. I used to play out a million scenarios about what could happen before a social event, family gathering, work...etc. You name it I was worried about it. Mindfulness also helped me to realize how much I actually worried about stuff that would likely never happen.

It's helped me to be much more present and basically changed my entire life. I feel like I have control of my emotions, not as easily angered/disturbed. 
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 Meditation helps with so much its insane. Like look at Tyler and Brads latest rap video and how each of those 10 points is easily influenced by meditation or 'supercharged' if you already have these qualities embeded within you: 

1. Transcend Social Conditioning.
2. Cultivate Core Confidence.
3. Center Yourself In The Present Moment.
4. Draw State From Within.
5. Have A Strong Sense Of Reality.
6. Feel A High Sense Of Entitlement.
7. Walk Through The World With Ease.
8. Never Make Things A Big Deal.
9. Addict Yourself To Positivity.
10. Assume Value.

But I'd say the biggest things for me personally are: 

1. Having amazing focus for what you want
2. Feeling good / relaxed / unreactive
3. Lowering stress hormones
4. Not being effected by others
5. Gaining better self-awareness
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 Hi how yall doin...I have a problem that I want to start with meditation but I don't know how to meditate..can somebody tell me how to do that ? 
Than you ;)
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NikoDiko wrote:
 Hi how yall doin...I have a problem that I want to start with meditation but I don't know how to meditate..can somebody tell me how to do that ? 
Than you ;)
Best book I've ever read:

www.urbandharma.org/udharma4/mpe.html
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 Yeah that ones really good. Also check out The Kinslow System by Frank Kinslow
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If you want something practical, which you can use immediately, just use Quantum Entrainment from Frank Kinslow.

See the Stopping Thoughts exercise.


For books by Kinslow, see
The Secret of Quantum Living
Beyond Happiness


Alternatively, you can use the Sedona Method. It's meditation without being meditation. It has the same benefits with respect to being present, releasing BS thoughts, etc.

If you want something serious, that really uses a spiritual roadmap, I recommend the meditation books by Bruce Frantzis starting with Relaxing Into Your Being. Be forewarned. If you'll follow this path, this will a long, difficult journey far longer than your journey into pickup. It will be a journey to rid yourself of inner demons, face your fears, etc.

But if the first level of meditation is what you only need, i.e. stress release, being present while talking to women, simple ones like QE or simply sitting quietly with your eyes closed and observing your thoughts and breath will do the trick.


NikoDiko wrote:
 Hi how yall doin...I have a problem that I want to start with meditation but I don't know how to meditate..can somebody tell me how to do that ? 
Than you ;)
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