Monday, 13 June 2011

Bring Peace of Mind to your company

Bring Peace of Mind to your company and Enhance Performance.

“Meditation is the most profound technique on the planet to reduce stress, optimise brain function, and improve performance.  Solid scientific evidence shows that meditation fundamentally changes the way the brain functions and even alters the physical structure of the brain itself allowing you to perform better.”

Chris Walton, Performance Psychologist from The British Psychological Society
In the modern world we have made great advancements in technology and convenience while at the same time there has been an equally great increase in chronic stress, anxiety, heart disease, and cancer.  Today’s business person is struggling to keep up with the ever increasing fast pace of technology and ever increasing demands. Strong tools like meditation are needed for the modern professional. Our trainers will come to your office and lead your team through a comprehensive one week training program of meditation instruction and other stress relieving exercises, as well education on how stress harms the brain and the brain nutrition needed to balance those effects.  By the end of the training program your Company team will have the tools and materials needed to practice meditation at home and in the workplace in as little as five minutes. The techniques learned increase concentration and energy levels while at the same time creating a balanced state of mental and emotional health. This is the future of business cultur

Sunday, 5 June 2011

Meditation And The Student Brain

Meditation And The Student Brain

Meditation | Use Transcendental Meditation To Connect To Your Creativity 

                                          Those of us from a somewhat older generation, now ripe with experience, can appreciate just how difficult it was to be young. Don’t get me wrong. Playing all day was a blast, but let’s face it, peer pressure and parental nudging put an unconscious strain on most of us that can make one wonder how we actually got out of it alive.

Now just imagine growing up in today’s fast(er) paced world. Added to the list are lightening fast technological advancements that could make anyone’s head spin round-and-round. It’s no surprise that the current generation might have some trouble when it comes to focusing.

Jeanne Ball, in this recent Huffington Post, takes a look at the effect of meditation on a student’s brain. According to Ball, a March 2011 research study, published in the journal Education, found that students who practiced Transcendental Meditation had a significant increase to their English and math scores. Even more important, says Ball, is that meditation allows students the ability to connect to their creativity.

When you see a classroom of high school students sitting quietly with eyes closed, meditating together — kids of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds — it’s awe inspiring. How is it that they can be so peaceful and absorbed? It’s because during TM practice, the mind settles inward spontaneously, led by its own nature to seek greater satisfaction. In an effortless way, the technique allows the mind to access reserves of energy, creativity and calmness that reside within everyone.

Meditation for High School Students - A study

I’ve long been interested in the prospect of teaching meditation to high school students, so I especially appreciate that Marshall forwarded this article:Meditation for High School Students

A study by the Medical College of Georgia found that two 15-minute meditation sessions each day – once at home, the other at school – helped teenage students lower their blood pressure over four months. Their blood pressure even continued to drop for four months after the meditation sessions ended, researchers said Friday.
One high school senior who benefited from the study was Nick Fitts. Fitts had a lot on his mind going into the research – two jobs, no car and rocky relations with his mother.
The stress raised his blood pressure enough to put him at risk for developing hypertension, even though he kept active with track, band and junior ROTC.
When college officials asked Fitts to join a study of whether meditation could lower blood pressure, he thought they were out of their minds. But getting into his mind was the key.
Fitts says the program helped him.
“The meditation calms me down and makes me think better about things,” said Fitts, now a nursing student at the University of South Carolina at Aiken.
Researchers screened 5,000 students and found 156 had blood pressure similar to Fitts. Half of that group received the meditation sessions and the other half, a control group, were placed in health education classes. All students wore blood pressure monitors 24 hours a day.
The control group did not have any reduction in blood pressure, according to the study in the American Journal of Hypertension.


Besides reducing their blood pressure, students who meditated also had lower rates of absenteeism, school rule violations and suspensions than those in the control group, Barnes said.
“It’s noteworthy for educators – meditation might be included in the school day as a program for reducing stress in the schools,” Barnes said.
Fitts said he now meditates 45 minutes each morning.
“I make peace with me,” he said.

Benefits of Meditation for Students

Benefits of Meditation for Young People

Benefits of Meditation for Students

Have kids in school?  Specially kids in high school?  Are you a student in school, high school or college and wondering if meditation will benefit you?  Well wonder no longer, meditation is absolutely fantastic for young people and in this article I want to discuss some very interesting research that was conducted on this very topic; benefits of meditation for young people and students.
The study originally was intended to determine the affect of meditation on blood pressure.  Students with high blood pressure were taught meditation and another group, with high blood pressure, were taught how to lower blood pressure, but not taught meditation.  The results were emphatic and clearly demonstrated that meditation significantly reduced blood pressure in all situations.
This study was then expanded to measure the affects of meditation on other aspects of student life, and young people from six different schools were included in the new study.  Here are the findings of this research.

10 Amazing Benefits of Meditation for Students:

  1. Improved Concentration: Students were able to concentrate better and had more mental focus.
  2. Reduced Blood Pressure:  This reduction in blood pressure was regardless of whether the students were facing a stressful situation, like an examination, or not.
  3. Decreased Absenteeism & Tardiness:  In addition, meditation also reduced behavior problems.
  4. Better Grades: Students felt they were doing better with their homework and school work as well.
  5. Improved Interpersonal Relationships:  This included relationships at home, such as with siblings and parents.
  6. More Confidence:  One of the most important qualities to develop for children, students and young adults.
  7. Better Sleep:  The importance of proper sleep in being understood more and more in today’s hectic sleep deprived world.
  8. Headache Relief:  Always a good thing .
  9. Calmness:  Same as blood pressure above, it helped the students who learned meditation remain calm even during stressful times.  This is important in all aspects of life I feel.  In sports, interviews, tests and the other challenging situations life inevitably brings forth, remaining calm is the key to success, health and happy living.
  10. Sharper Brains:  I have often alluded to meditation helping the brain function better.  This and other research that looks at brain imaging, etc, is now validating this point as well.

How Much Meditation is Needed:

The next logical question is how much meditation is needed in order to obtain these benefits.  The answer is as little as 10-15 minutes, 2 times per day was the amount of meditation practiced by the students during the study.  Certainly worth the time, given the enormous benefits one gets.

How to do meditation

Anapanasati Meditation


In Ancient Pali language:
Ana means In - Breath;
Apana means Out - Breath;
Sati means To - Be - One - With.
Therefore, the total complex word, Anapanasati, means to keep one's total attention and awareness only on one's normal breathing process.
No mantra is to be chanted. No form of any deity is to be entertained. No pranayama practices like kumbhaka i.e., holding the breath should be attempted.
Meditation should be undertaken every day regularly any time and any place is right for Meditation.
Any comfortable sitting posture can be taken. Spine should be as comfortable as possible. Hands should be clasped, legs should be crossed and eyes should be closed.
Routine wanderings of the mind should be cut right away, as and when they keep arising. Attention of the mind should constantly be brought back to the chosen task on hand i.e., conscious observation of the breath.

Process of Meditation


Close your eyes and relax your body. Take all the time you need to get comfortable ... shift muscles ... stretch and relax ... make sure your spine and neck are not held stiffly... there is no stiffness here ..... just comfort, the beginning of calm ..... there is no hurry now ..... there is nothing else to do... or think about ... just relax.
notice your breath .....
inhale slowly ......
exhale slowly.....
let your breath sink in and out .....
your breath is a rhythm of calm.....
follow your breath.....
be still.....
be your breath.....
use your mind to follow
your breath ..... in ..... out..... in ..... out.....
that is all.....
be your breath.....
be your breath.....
be still..... be still..... be still..... be still.....

How Long To Meditate ?


One should sit for a minimum of as many minutes as correspond to the age of the person.
If a person is aged ten years, the minimum time required to still the restless waves of the mind... for that particular ten year old boy or girl... is ten minutes. Similarly, if the age of a boy or girl is fifteen years, then the minimum time required to still the restless waves of the mind is fifteen minutes.
Again, if the age of a person is forty, then the person should meditate for a minimum of forty minutes per session.
The above indicates only the minimum time... that is absolutely required... for any beginner in meditation. However, for a more senior seeker, more time should invariably be allocated.

Natural Rythm Of The Breath


The great principle of Taoism is ...
Easy is Right, Right is Easy
Easy is Natural, Natural is Easy
Natural is Right, Right is Natural
Physical body has its own natural and easy rhythm of the breath. In meditation, the mind has to become totally attuned to the normal rhythmic nature of the breath of the physical body.
Exercises such as deep breathing should not be resorted to. Holding the breath inside, or outside, is not to be attempted.

Meditation is Not Contemplation !


In English language, the phrase meditate upon is often used, which means contemplate deeply... or... reflect upon the pro's and con's... or... ponder on etc.
However, in the language of Spiritual Science, the term meditation refers to emptiness of the mind... or... making the mind empty.

Meditation Is Not Prayer !

What is prayer ?
Prayer is nothing but a petition to some hypothetical unknown power, with an urgent request to take care of all of one's difficulties !
However, in the science of meditation, there are no hypotheses. The science of meditation is an empirical science. Therefore, the concept of meditation is diametrically opposite to the concept of prayer.

Meditation Is Seeing or Witnessing Activity of the Self or Consciousness !


Primarily, meditation is stilling all the restless waves of the mind.
Secondarily, meditation is... the natural... seeing or witnessing activity of the self or consciousness... when all the thoughts in the mind are totally absent.
In the language of Spiritual of Science... third eye... is the name given to the natural seeing activity of the self.


Agnihotra is a healing fire from the ancient science of Ayurveda. It is a process of purifying the atmosphere through a specially prepared fire performed at sunrise and sunset daily. Anyone in any walk of life can do Agnihotra and heal the atmosphere in his/her own home. Thousands of people all over the world have experienced that Agnihotra reduces stress, leads to greater clarity of thought, improves overall health, gives one increased energy, and makes the mind more full of love. It is a great aid to drug and alcohol deaddiction. Agnihotra also nourishes plant life and neutralizes harmful radiation and pathogenic bacteria. It harmonizes the functioning of Prana (life energy) and can be used to purify water resources.

Agnihotra is an ancient science given in Sanskrit language at the time of creation. Sanskrit was never anyone’s mother tongue; it is a language of vibration. We can make changes in the atmosphere with Sanskrit mantras and fire prepared with specific organic substances, timed to the sunrise/sunset biorhythm. The fire is prepared in a small copper pyramid of specific size and shape. Brown rice, dried cowdung (manure) and ghee (clarified unsalted butter) are the substances burned. Exactly at sunrise or sunset the mantras are spoken and a small amount of rice and ghee is given to the fire. There is not just energy from the fire; subtle energies are created by the rhythms and mantras. These energies are generated or thrust into the atmosphere by fire. This, in addition to the qualities of the materials burned, produces the full effect of this healing HOMA (healing fire). Much healing energy emanates from the Agnihotra pyramid.

Tremendous amounts of energy are gathered around the Agnihotra copper pyramid just at Agnihotra time. A magnetic-type field is created, which neutralizes negative energies and reinforces positive energies. Therefore, a positive pattern is created by one who does Agnihotra merely by his/her performance. Agnihotra purifies the atmosphere of pollutants and neutralizes harmful radiation. The resultant atmosphere gives nourishment to plant life.
Agnihotra and Plants: The ghee is thrust into the atmosphere and attaches itself to the molecular structure of the soil, allowing the soil to retain more moisture. Plants grown in Agnihotra atmosphere are better able to withstand droughts. Agnihotra causes a change in the cellular structure of the plant which sends more nutrients to the fruit of the plant and less to the leaves, stem and roots. Many people have found that the size, taste, texture and yield of fruits and vegetables grown in Agnihotra atmosphere are superior. Performance of Agnihotra in the garden reduces pest problems and organic gardening and farming are made easier by using Homa (healing fire) techniques.

Medicinal properties of Agnihotra: Agnihotra renews the brain cells, revitalizes the skin and purifies the blood. It is the holistic approach to life. Many people who are normally allergic to smoke experience a healing effect by sitting in Agnihotra atmosphere. The healing effects of Agnihotra are locked in the resultant ash. Thousands of people in different parts of the world have experienced wonderful healings of all types of ailments by using Agnihotra ash.