Tag: Mental Development

Meditation, Mindfulness, Mind Development, Yoga

Meditation, Mindfulness, Mind Development, Yoga

Meditation is one of the best things you can do for yourself. You actually have to experience it rather than just read about it. Practice consistent meditation…even short periods will be beneficial in many ways if you keep at it. There are different schools of meditation techniques, perspectives. Some think it is completely clearing the mind of all thoughts…but much is gained by getting quiet and observing the mind…you can follow your breath, slowly breathing in and out, becoming aware of how your body feels, listening to sounds in your environment, noticing the mental chatter in your mind…becoming aware of thinking instead of on autopilot so much.

There are guided meditations which can be helpful for beginner skills especially– check out www.headspace.com …you can try some free guided meditations there. I decided a while back to upgrade to the premium version (I think it was $12 per month). But you can try it for free and see what you think. I don’t get any money for recommending them.  Just damn good stuff.

Another way to develop the mind is with binaural beat technology…syncing brainwaves to different brainwave frequencies with headphones and binaural recording like at www.revolutioner.com which is $17 per month. Brainwave frequencies are delta, theta, alpha, beta and gamma. Delta is pretty much in the deep sleep range and it goes on up to alpha which is a relaxed state of mind when one is chilling and perhaps daydreaming or meditating.  Beta is when you are really focused and busy, often what you might be at a busy job. Gamma is what some Buddhist monks go into while meditating on compassion and so on.

One of the most well-known pioneers in this area is the Monroe Institute and their Hemi-Sync technology. The founder, the late Robert Monroe, was a pioneer in popularizing out-of-body experiences as well as other explorations of consciousness. Many Hemi-Sync recordings can be either bought as CDs or downloaded as digital recordings on your computer.

Of course, you can meditate for free…carve out some quiet time, undisturbed in your room.  Or try a walking Meditationmeditation. Or meditate out in nature, such as at the beach, a lake, in the woods.

It seems like the practice of yoga can really dovetail with a meditation practice. The mind and the body are not so separate and have intertwining and overlapping effects on each other. You can start a yoga practice on your own. If you like, you could check out some of the yoga sessions available at www.beachbodycoach.com/holisticabundance1 where several other different exercise routines can also be accessed by picking the annual membership of Beachbody On Demand for less than $100 per year.

Best wishes with however you choose to customize your own meditation and mind development path.