Archive for April, 2009

Students who don’t have ADHD have started using drugs that treat the condition because it gives them a boost when they are tired   or need to turn in a paper before deadline. img_2096
Margaret Talbot reports in a New Yorker article that in recent years Adderall and Ritalin,(stimulants),   have been adopted as cognitive enhancers: drugs that high-functioning, overcommitted people take to   become higher-functioning and more overcommitted.
She also gives examples of some of the side-effects the drugs have.

When I read the article, I knew that meditation would give a similar high-efficiency boost to students without having to take drugs. I knew this because I recently interviewed students across the U.S. on how meditation helped them at school.

Seattle resident, Kabar Trust Bolack is just one of those students. He practices Sahaja meditation regularly and tells of how meditation helped him during his last quarter completing his Bachelor of nursing degree at University of Washington.

After staying up till 4a.m. to turn in a complex essay, he was exhausted.

“No amount of caffeine was improving my ability to formulate intelligent ideas regarding my subject. At that moment I took a 10-minute break and used the time wisely; I meditated,” recalls Bolack.

Following the meditation he managed to complete the essay and turn it in on time getting a grade of 95 percent on the paper.

“The time we spend in meditation clears our mind and rejuvenates our stores of mental energy,” says Bolack.

Research done in Australia shows the beneficial effects of meditation on the brain.
In a clinical trial meditators were asked to signal when they had reached a state of mental silence called “thoughtless awareness” in Sahaja terminology.

Photo taken from www.researchingmeditation.org/home/brain-waves

Photo from researchingmeditation.org

The subjects’ brain wave activity was measured using EEG, which is a test that measures electrical signals in the brain by attaching special sensors to the subjects’ heads. Wires are also hooked to a computer where one can see the changes in brain activity.

In the trial, the subjects’ had increased “Alpha activity” which is associated with relaxation and considered beneficial.
Another change, occurred when the subjects’ signaled during meditation that they had reached complete mental silence or “thoughtless awareness.” At that point there was an increase in “Theta brain waves,” which are associated with emotions and memory. This theta activity was not seen in non-sahaja meditators.

Overall, the results showed that Sahaja Yoga meditation techniques have a positive effect on the brain and its functioning. Perhaps, this is how after a short meditation Bolack could complete his essay despite being overwhelmingly exhausted. Meditation gave him an almost instant boost without the side effects of stimulant drugs.


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Rubber, plastic, tile, polyester, metal, compressed wood and concrete. These are all the materials that stand between you and the bare earth. Nature
When was the last time you actually placed your feet on the earth or even on grass? I mean real earth and not any machine made material that covers the earth.
We walk in machine-made shoes or on machine-made tiles and polyester carpets or on laminated wood floors floating on plastic. These materials do not give relief to the stressful energy that accumulates in the body after a day of work or interacting with people. We may not realize, but sometimes our bodies need earthing. This means that we need to let all the unnecessary accumulated energies in our body seep into the earth like water.
So, every once in a while you may consider sitting or walking on the earth or grass to help the body energize using the earth element.

Simply step into your backyard and feel the earth beneath your bare feet, and take the opportunity to thank mother earth for all the nourishment she has provided mankind although we have polluted her.

Also take a step toward using natural materials as far as possible so that the body can breathe and the earth is kept clean. To begin with, consider wearing leather shoes rather than synthetic and choose cotton apparel over polyester.

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Jovan Herrera, a Phoenix 10th-grader with ADHD, used to sit in class trying to focus on his exam questions but could not.

His worried mother, Vanessa Herrera says, “He had to take seven to eight breaks during his exams because he would get frustrated.”
Taking breaks meant leaving the class, which led to less time in finishing his exam paper.

After only a month of Sahaja meditation, Herrera says she notices the changes in her son’s study patterns, “Now he only takes two or three breaks during his exam,” she says compared to the seven or eight breaks he would take earlier.

The common factor in Jovan’s case and other ADHD cases is the use of meditation rather than medication to overcome the condition.
Research done in Australia on Sahaja meditators showed that meditation improves focus and attention as seen in the following news video.

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From the shimmering courts of kings and queens to the simple rooms of meditators, music has played a large role in soothing people. Combine music with meditation and you have a double expresso with whipped cream!
What that means is if you have a hard time meditating or calming your mind, music should be able to help. Soothing music calms that edginess of a frustrating day and makes getting into a meditative state easier. So here is an ancient melody also known as a “raga,” which dates back thousands of years to a time when sages would meditate in the Himalayan forests and gain Divine knowledge.
According to the “Music and Sahaja Yoga” book by Dr. Arun Apte, the spiritual discourses of ancient sages would be remembered by an arrangement inspired by the sounds of nature and the seven sacred notes. This was later called a “raga” which is a combination of notes that have a pleasant effect on the human mind.

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What’s on your mind? Maybe bills, a car wash, a road trip, cake?
To keep it simple, lets say thoughts are on your mind. And when aren’t they! We’re constantly thinking about something we have to do or want to do in the future or reminiscing about something we did in the past.
So, if you think about it; we are never really in the present moment. Physically we may be in the present, but our mind is in the future or in the past. Isn’t that strange? That mean’s that our thoughts distract us from simply enjoying the present moment.
If one could be aware but have no thoughts (thoughtless awareness) even for a few seconds then there would be nothing to worry about. In fact, like sleep, out mind needs rest too, but unlike sleep, the mind can be at rest even while one is awake. That’s where Sahaja Yoga Meditation comes in.
Through meditation one can learn to relax the busy mind. When the brain has time to rest, it performs better. Rather than having constant uncontrollable thoughts, meditation gives one the option of thinking or not thinking. Thus we have time to truly enjoy any moment without thinking or reacting to everything we see. This “feel good moment” translates into a better day and with regular practice better health too.

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