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Do You Know You Lose Weight Without Dieting?

February 3rd, 2016

A few days ago, we published a post about “Is Mindfulness Meditation The Ultimate Weight Loss Program?”.

Some might be wondering as to why we suddenly started posting articles about losing weight. The reason is that we know that not everyone visits, or use, our meditation audios because they practice meditation or are spiritual beings. Some do it for health reasons, and nothing more. There is no denying that meditation, and anything tied to it, translates to a healthier state of mind and body.

With this in mind, we might as well do our part and assist them in any way we can.

So to further cement the points stated on that article, we would like to add more information for those that are serious about losing weight through a natural and holistic process.

First, you must find your “WHY”

That is, you need to find the real reason behind your desire to lose weight. What is really driving you? Not just “I want to fit in my jeans” or “my doctor told me I should.” You should really think about the deeper reasons, the things that will push you forward and keep you motivated.

If you keep asking yourself this question you may be surprised at the answers you get. For example, some people want to lose weight to look good for their husband or wife. I’ve even found some of my clients are actually unconsciously sabotaging their diet because they don’t want to attract attention to their body.

Make sure you’re honest with yourself about why you’re doing it.

Create a map

You need to plan daily and weekly, and allow yourself enough time so that you can easily make it.
Think this way: when you go to work, most likely you know exactly what you need to do each day. And you make plans for your summer holiday. Now in order to be successful with your diet you need to plan too, and find the right strategy — not one that works for someone else, but one that perfectly fits YOU.

So before you start your weight loss program, make sure you take your time and create a road map.

Change your beliefs about yourself

Stop saying “I am fat,” “I can’t lose weight easily,” “My metabolism is so slow,” “I am getting old”… If you’re telling yourself something over and over again then you’ll really believe it’s true.

Instead, how about saying “I’m getting healthier,” “My body is getting stronger every day,” “I can lose weight so easy.”

Even reading these sentences now makes you feel more positive, am I right?

Be mindful what you’re telling yourself about YOU!

Practice conscious breathing for 10 minutes each day

Conscious breathing has a relaxing, healing effect. But how often do you really realize that you are breathing?

Try this exercise. Just sit or lie down comfortably, then relax your shoulders by lifting and dropping them a few times. Keep your eyes closed. Breathe slowly and deeply, without forcing. When you inhale feel your body rise up, and when you exhale feel your belly relax.

When you relax, your hormones will balance and you can start to feel joy. This also helps reduce emotional and binge eating too.

Conscious breathing creates self-awareness, which is all you need to help you change your actions.

When it comes to breathing exercises, the key is to complete focus on the act of breathing itself. Those that have been meditating for quite some time now wont have any problems with this. But if you are new, this can be an uphill struggle. If that’s the case, then I suggest you go read our article “Meditation For Beginners: 3 Easy Steps To Start Meditating“.

And as a bonus, go download our 15 minute meditation audio. You can either use it to heighten your meditation session or just to relax and reboot your system.

Source: Huffingtonpost.com


The Benefits Of Meditation From MIT and Harvard Neuroscientists

January 26th, 2016

When a person talks about the benefits of meditation, critics would always reply with “can you back that with facts?” And I guess this same question pushed neuroscientists from MIT and Harvard to conduct a clinical study about it.

Studies have shown that meditating regularly can help relieve symptoms in people who suffer from chronic pain, but the neural mechanisms underlying the relief were unclear. Now, MIT and Harvard researchers have found a possible explanation for this phenomenon.

In a study published online April 21 in the journal Brain Research Bulletin, the researchers found that people trained to meditate over an eight-week period were better able to control a specific type of brain waves called alpha rhythms.

“These activity patterns are thought to minimize distractions, to diminish the likelihood stimuli will grab your attention,” says Christopher Moore, an MIT neuroscientist and senior author of the paper. “Our data indicate that meditation training makes you better at focusing, in part by allowing you to better regulate how things that arise will impact you.”

There are several different types of brain waves that help regulate the flow of information between brain cells, similar to the way that radio stations broadcast at specific frequencies. Alpha waves, the focus of this study, flow through cells in the brain’s cortex, where sensory information is processed. The alpha waves help suppress irrelevant or distracting sensory information.

A 1966 study showed that a group of Buddhist monks who meditated regularly had elevated alpha rhythms across their brains. In the new study, the researchers focused on the waves’ role in a specific part of the brain — cells of the sensory cortex that process tactile information from the hands and feet.

For this study, the researchers recruited 12 subjects who had never meditated before. Half of the participants were trained in a technique called mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) over an eight-week period, while the other half were told not to meditate.

The MBSR program calls for participants to meditate for 45 minutes per day, after an initial two-and-a-half-hour training session. The subjects listen to a CD recording that guides them through the sessions.

The first two weeks are devoted to learning to pay close attention to body sensations. “They’re really learning to maintain and control their attention during the early part of the course. For example, they learn to focus sustained attention to the sensations of the breath; they also learn to engage and focus on body sensations in a specific area, such as the bottom of the feet, and then they practice disengaging and shifting the focus to another body area,” says Catherine Kerr, an instructor at Harvard Medical School and lead author of the paper.

The researchers did brain scans of the subjects before the study began, three weeks into it, and at the end of eight weeks. At eight weeks, the subjects who had been trained in meditation showed larger changes in the size (amplitude) of their alpha waves when asked to pay attention to a certain body part — for example, “left foot.” These changes in wave size also occurred more rapidly in the meditators.

The study is a “beautiful demonstration” of the effects of meditation training, and of the ability to cultivate an internal awareness of one’s own bodily sensations, says Clifford Saron, associate research scientist at the Center for Mind and Brain at the University of California at Davis, who was not involved in the research.

Subjects in this study did not suffer from chronic pain, but the findings suggest that in pain sufferers who meditate, the beneficial effects may come from an ability to essentially turn down the volume on pain signals. “They learn to be aware of where their attention is focused and not get stuck on the painful area,” Kerr says.

The subjects trained in meditation also reported that they felt less stress than the non-meditators. “Their objective condition might not have changed, but they’re not as reactive to their situation,” Kerr says. “They’re more able to handle stress.”

The researchers are now planning follow-up studies in patients who suffer from chronic pain as well as cancer patients, who have also been shown to benefit from meditation.

If you want to take advantage of the benefits of meditation but has yet to try it out, may I suggest you download our FREE 15 minute meditation audio.

Source: Mit.edu


Benefits Of Meditation: 3 Pro Athletes Share How Meditation Helps Them Excel

January 13th, 2016

Top athletes are at a superior level when it comes to physical capabilities and mental toughness. In order for them to compete at the apex of their chosen sport, they have to go through physical and mental preparation, which includes having amazing focus.

One of the many benefits of meditation is increased focus, and when an athlete sharpens their focus, they ultimately up their chances of winning. This is why more sports scientists are recommending the use of meditation in training regimens.

In this article, I have compiled several athletes that meditate daily, not just for its health benefits, but also for helping them to prepare for and win competitions.

Shayna Powless, a top cross-country mountain bike rider has this to say:

“I meditate most regularly right before a big event or a race. Not only does it help ease my nerves, but it also helps me maintain a high level of focus needed for racing. Staying calm throughout a race is the most important way for me to do well and succeed in performing my best.”

Marathon record holder and Olympic bronze medalist Deena Kastor has this to say:

“Being a professional athlete can elicit anxiety, stress and nerves, which can be a drain on my energy. With meditation, I can get in a calm state and perform with focus so I can compete optimally.”

Cliff diver Ginger Huber has this to say:

“I feel that when I am visualizing, I am very focused—specifically on diving—and that sort of takes me into a world of my own. Without it, I would never have the courage to jump from such high places.It gives me the confidence that, even if I don’t get a lot of physical practice for the high dives, I get a lot of mental practice that I know is just as beneficial.”

Another professional cross-country mountain biker, Amy Beisel, has this to say:

“Before a race, I will just lie down and go through the whole course in my mind, from start to finish. I think about my body position on my bike, where I am looking, how much break to use and when to use them. I’ll imagine myself up with the front pack of a race, clearing a technical section on my bike, or making smooth transitions out of turns with speed. Visualization and breathing meditations help me excel at so many levels. The breathing helps me relax, physically and mentally, both very important before a race. The visualization helps prepare me for the race and builds the confidence needed.”

Now for us regular individuals, studies conducted using brain imaging scans revealed that a person who meditates has a brain function similar to that of top athletes. We may not be able to beat them at their own game, but at least our minds are at par with theirs, even if just for 10 minutes each day.

If you want to personally experience the many benefits of meditation, go and download our FREE brainwave entrainment meditation audio.

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