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How Meditation Impacts Brain?


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Millions of people practice meditation. The techniques of meditating may vary but the purpose remains same- peace, love, joy, healing, tranquillity, spiritual growth. Because of its popularity a lot of research is being conducted to study the impact of meditation on our bodies, specifically our brain. Sara Lazar is a neuroscientist at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. She researched how meditation impacts our brain. The results of her study surprised her along with other researchers.


They did a comparative study on long term meditators and people who don’t meditate and compared their brains scans.

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First thing noticeable was that the grey matter in the insula, sensory regions and frontal cortex was higher in meditators which means their senses were very sharp, memory and decision making skills better compared to non-meditators.in fact the size of cortex and its grey matter in 50 year old meditators was equivalent to as much as a 25 year old would have whereas we all know that our cortex shrinks and grey matter reduces with age as well. Overall the research identified significant brain regions to be more active, less stressed, calm, better memory and executive functions and aging to be slower. It also showed dense grey matter in regions of hippocampus, an area of brain associated with learning and memory, as well as in other areas associated with self-awareness, compassion, and reflection.


There are many other researches being conducted on the impact of
meditation on physical body.

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We can safely say that meditation helps in reduced stress levels, better work- life balance, improved emotions, and better quality of life. Improved connection with self and others, deeper understanding of life. Meditation is a safe remedy for stressed based issues according tocardiologist Herbert Benson, MD, founder of the Mind/Body Institute at Harvard Medical School's Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

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Meditation brings about a state of relaxation which in turn helps decrease metabolism, lowers blood pressure, and improves heart rate, breathing, and brain waves. Other researches shows that meditation produces long-lasting changes in the brain activity in areas involved in attention, working memory, learning, and conscious perception. There are many types of meditation practices available but the foundation of each one stays the same- focussing on breath, calming the mind and body and going into a deep sense of relaxation. Through entering this state of relaxation we can achieve many beautiful things inside and outside us. Let’s all venture into this beautiful area of meditation and find outwhich type of meditation suits us.

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Article Contributed By: Nazish Khan on behalf of Illuminations Well-Being Centre


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Nazish is a clinical psychologist with a post-graduation certificate in psychodynamic approaches to counseling from Bangor University, Wales, and UK. She combines her professional expertise with holistic healing approaches in order achieve fascinating and breakthrough results for her clients.
This includes integrated hypnotherapy where she interweaves beautiful concepts of inner child work, emotional healing, energy healing through Reiki and aura cleansing, past life regression and meditation and yoga techniques.
 
She provides a complete mind-body-energy healing approach to facilitate a complete wellness solution for her clientele.
 
Benefits Include: Relationship Resolution, Freedom from anxiety, addiction cessation, emotional empowerment and much more!



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What Does Wellness Really Mean?


Wellness is a popular term we hear and speak in every other conversation these days. A lot is written and discussed about wellness too; but what does it really mean? 

There are many ways to describe this concept and there is really no right or wrong explanation, but I will share with you how I look at and experience wellness in my life.

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Wellness is more than counting calories or going to the gym. It is a beautiful space that moves you into a state of balance – physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually.   

To experience wellness in and around you, it is important become aware of oneself.   

Begin by observing your thoughts and actions for a period of time; not to change or judge yourself but simply to understand where you stand in your current space.  

Once you are aware and acknowledge your existing patterns of thoughts and habits; use your emotional scale as an inner guidance to scale or categorize your experiences on a daily basis under simple feelings of joy, sadness, anger, excitement, love, hate and so on.

Becoming aware of your emotional grid gives you the power and choice to shift yourself from dense emotions like fear anger to joy love by focusing on good feelings thus arresting the negative feelings in early stages.  

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The formula is simple but you need to stay committed to honor and accept your feelings on an ongoing basis without judgments and be willing to shift any low feeling to a high vibrating one as soon as you catch your emotional meter dipping!  

Create your own customized feel-good list that will keep you aligned to the feelings of joy and love.  You can start by listing all those things that brings a smile to your face and keeps your emotions light. Include anything to the list from- spending time with family or pets, cooking, meditating, cycling, swimming, dancing, journaling and the list can go on;  and everyday spend  mindful time doing a few things that’s on the list; Whenever your emotional meter experiences a low or dip, simply  chose something that’s on your list to gently and naturally lift your emotions.  

As you do this regularly you will begin to   feel the balance and wellness in every sphere, experience and relationship in life begin to soar!

Article Contributed By: Bharti Jatti Varma 
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Bharti is a holistic therapist conducting various services on behalf of Illuminations Well-Being Center in Dubai.

Bharti’s passion and communication skills make her extremely popular in front of larger audiences! She is also a chosen favorite with corporate programs due to her ability and flexibility to connect to anyone and everyone!

With a Background in Psychology and a keen interest to explore the intricacies of the human mind, body and energy system, she began her study in Clinical Hypnotherapy, Spiritual Response and Energy Healing Approaches.

Through her personal journey of self-discovery and self-development, Bharti learnt to distance herself from any limiting beliefs and patterns that prevented her from achieving her true potential of happiness, success and harmony in her everyday life.

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Exploring Spirituality & Reconnecting with Your Inner Self!


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Spirituality is a mysterious word that we come across every now and then. Sometime it can make us feel motivated and inspired to start living light on a higher plane and at times a little confused as we try to understand its true meaning and gauge our own journey so far on the path of spirituality!

There are many beliefs that color the world of spirituality; each one of us defines this space in a unique way. To some it means being selfless and devoting, others find detaching from physical pleasures as a way to spirituality.

We often hear people referring to their growth as "evolving spiritually" and this makes one believe that spirituality is a place outside of ourselves that we need to evolve and attain; however another perspective with which I like to understand spirituality is the journey of returning home, centering in and reconnecting to that deepest part of self that reflects our true spirituality; we are in-fact spiritual beings living a physical experience.

4 Powerful Ways to Reconnect with Your Spiritual Self!

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Irrespective of how you chose to understand it or where you find yourself on this beautiful journey, a few simple reminders will help you reconnect with your truest spiritual self

 1. Spend at least 10 minutes in silence with yourself everyday as you observe your thoughts with compassion  

 2. Chose to hold onto light and positive thoughts on an ongoing basis. 

 3. Be present in every moment and activity you indulge in everyday be it eating, working, spending time with friends and family 

 4. Spend a few hours in nature every week.

These easy and simple choices will help you center in and become one with your innate nature of the spiritual being that you truly are!

 

Article Contributed By: Bharti Jatti Varma 
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Bharti is a holistic therapist conducting various services on behalf of Illuminations Well-Being Center in Dubai.

Bharti’s passion and communication skills make her extremely popular in front of larger audiences! She is also a chosen favorite with corporate programs due to her ability and flexibility to connect to anyone and everyone!

With a Background in Psychology and a keen interest to explore the intricacies of the human mind, body and energy system, she began her study in Clinical Hypnotherapy, Spiritual Response and Energy Healing Approaches.

Through her personal journey of self-discovery and self-development, Bharti learnt to distance herself from any limiting beliefs and patterns that prevented her from achieving her true potential of happiness, success and harmony in her everyday life.

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2 Powerful Exercises to Love & Celebrate You!


It’s easy to get caught up in our busy lives with routines that defines our day and in many ways our life. Its also not uncommon for many of us to start identifying ourselves with what we do as part of our daily lives; “ I’m an entrepreneur” “ I’m a home maker” “ I’m a doctor, lawyer, fulltime mom”…and the list goes on.

But sometimes in the midst of this action we can find ourselves a little lost perhaps even in a place where we don’t recognize or feel one with who we really are! The sliver lining to this heaviness is the opportunity to realign and celebrate yourself.

I will share with you two simple exercises that can empower you to be the fullness of who you are!

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1.Positive Vibration – This will take 5 minutes, get into bed and start off with the positive things you experienced in the   morningandslowlynarrowin to the present moment  “ Thank-you for the support, the people, the coffee, the body, the breathing, the bed the pillow….” everything that you can be grateful for -acknowledge it getting closer and closer to the present moment. This will keep you in space of receiving andbalancewhileyousleepandwakeup in the morning. 
 
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2. Sacred–time – Set aside 15-30 minutes everyday for yourself with no agenda; just a window to do whatever you feel like at that time. Honor yourself in that moment, feeling the pulse of who you are – don’t plan anything for this special time- let it unfold as you align with your inner being.

 

These simple ways can unlock the doors to your evolving self!


Article Contributed By: Bharti Jatti Varma 
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Bharti is a holistic therapist conducting various services on behalf of Illuminations Well-Being Center in Dubai.

Bharti’s passion and communication skills make her extremely popular in front of larger audiences! She is also a chosen favorite with corporate programs due to her ability and flexibility to connect to anyone and everyone!

With a Background in Psychology and a keen interest to explore the intricacies of the human mind, body and energy system, she began her study in Clinical Hypnotherapy, Spiritual Response and Energy Healing Approaches.

Through her personal journey of self-discovery and self-development, Bharti learnt to distance herself from any limiting beliefs and patterns that prevented her from achieving her true potential of happiness, success and harmony in her everyday life.

Learn More


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