Project Meditation https://www.project-meditation.org Home of LifeFlow Audio Technology Mon, 18 Jun 2018 15:57:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.6 [Question] How Well Do You Adapt To Stressful Situations? https://www.project-meditation.org/how-well-do-you-adapt-to-stressful-situations/ https://www.project-meditation.org/how-well-do-you-adapt-to-stressful-situations/#respond Mon, 18 Jun 2018 15:52:53 +0000 https://www.project-meditation.org/?p=10233 Physical and emotional resilience is, for the most part, something you're born with. Thankfully however, it's also a trait that can be and is absolutely worth developing if you wish to adapt to life's stressful situations and challenges...

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Physical and emotional resilience is, for the most part, something you’re born with. Thankfully however, it’s also a trait that can be and is absolutely worth developing if you wish to adapt to stressful situations and challenges.

As you and I know, suppressed emotions never go away, they actually grow and build up inside, creating a variety of stress related problems.

The solution… Meditation!

If you make meditation a part of your daily routine, you will raise your emotional resilience so much that it becomes far greater than any demands imposed on you.

“Go within every day and find the inner strength, so that the world will not blow out your candle” ~ Katherine Dunham

Think in terms of a river bursting its banks.

build your emotional resilience so your banks don't keep bursting

Too much rainfall has exceeded the river bed’s maximum capabilities, the water floods the surrounding landscape until finally the rain stops and the water levels can eventually recede and go back to normal.

If the banks are not widened however, then the same situation is likely to occur, time and time again.

Those trigger points which threaten and test our emotional resilience levels will continue to do so. Like a vicious circle, this trend will persist as life continues to grow ever more hectic. Our behaviors then become increasingly erratic and we dip in and out of old negative patterns to help us cope with the increase in stress.

Will these constant demands and an inability to cope still be apparent one year from now?

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Fast forward five years and the situation, if left unattended could be worse.

If your emotional resilience has not increased in this time, the pressures of life will sadly have made a negative impact on you both physically and mentally.

Ten or twenty years from now, will things have improved?

Only if we have taken time to change our existing mindset and have learned techniques which will help us to deal with the pressures of life.

Our ability to re-evaluate and to emerge with increased emotional resilience, means that we can avoid this constant barrage of negative stimuli from affecting us in the same way ever again.

By opening our minds and learning a meditation technique that suits us perfectly, we can turn our attention inwards and release our ‘inner observer’. It’s our inner observer who can step between our rising levels of emotions and the actual cause of the problem.

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Once we can step between the two, we can then learn to stop resisting and fighting with ourselves. This actually allows us to simply observe everything as if from a distance and as though it were in slow motion.

When we have learned the technique of observing ourselves, we can avoid the preset behavioral patterns and form new, healthier and far happier ones.

Meditation stops us from worrying about every possible scenario that could possibly be. And with daily practice (if only for 10 minutes a day) we learn to let go of negative and self destructive thoughts.

“You don’t have to control your thoughts. You just have to stop letting them control you.” ~ Dan Millman

If we are not careful the negative thoughts we send out, can summon up our worst fears in tangible form.

By letting go of our fears, we also learn that the old adage ‘there is nothing to fear but fear itself’ is so accurate.Free 8 Minute Deep Meditation

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[A Letter From A Friend] I Must Confess… https://www.project-meditation.org/i-must-confess/ https://www.project-meditation.org/i-must-confess/#respond Sat, 09 Jun 2018 07:00:54 +0000 https://www.project-meditation.org/?p=10571 Have you ever felt that sometimes things reach a point where it all just feels a bit too much?

Do you ever feel tired and weary of the challenges in daily life feeling far from having a balanced body and mind?

Do you ever put off dealing with certain responsibilities because you just don't feel you can deal with them right now?

When we feel like this, it can seem like everything is out of balance and it may appear to be impossible to move beyond some situations. Sometimes we can be shocked or hurt by something or someone and it literally staggers us.

A very good friend of mine had been experiencing some of these feelings for quite sometime and he recently told me how a "Native American Medicine Wheel" had been, in his words "A Godsend to him".

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Have you ever felt that sometimes things reach a point where it all just feels a bit too much?

Do you ever feel tired and weary of the challenges in daily life, feeling far from having a balanced body and mind?

Do you ever put off dealing with certain responsibilities because you just don’t feel you can deal with them right now?

When we feel like this, it can seem like everything is out of balance and it may appear to be impossible to move beyond some situations. Sometimes we can be shocked or hurt by something or someone and it literally staggers us.

A very good friend of mine had been experiencing some of these feelings for quite sometime and he recently told me how a “Native American Medicine Wheel” had been, in his words “A Godsend to him“.

He sent me a note with a copy of the scroll attached to the medicine wheel and I would like to share a piece of this with you…

“My friend,

When I read the following I had an instant realization:-

This Native American Medicine Wheel symbolizes the balance and harmony within the circle of life. Within the circle is a cross that creates four equal sections.

using a medicine wheel for a balanced body and mind

The circle represents the wholeness of life and the cross is the crucial balance between the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects of self.

The four sections must be equal, active, and in balance for harmony to be attained in life.

In a truly balanced life, we stand at the intersection of the cross, in the center of the circle. Notice that this state of self lies within us, within the circle. So it is within that we must go to achieve the balances that maintain harmony and well being.

Stress as many of us are only too aware is the great destroyer of stability and we are subject to external stress from every aspect of our lives.

Proper nutrition, rest, relaxation, and exercise can help to offset some of the effects but within our minds lie all the negative thoughts and beliefs about ourselves; within our subconscious lies all of our experiences, emotions, and traumas. Every time a situation triggers a negative emotional response or a thought conflicts with our beliefs, it creates stress.

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By externalizing and separating ourselves from the Universal Source, we render ourselves powerless, feeling helpless, without hope, and increasing our stress. Under stress the Medicine Wheel’s four aspects are no longer equal and in balance; the arms of the cross have shrunk, unable to sustain the physical, and illness manifests.

We need to replenish our inner selves to maintain the physical self. Through meditation we can enhance self confidence, energy, decisiveness, and a positive attitude. We can then go further and clear our minds of negative thoughts and emotions of the past, while finding peace within.

Thus restoring a balanced body, mind, emotions and spirit. Only when we do this, can we walk the Earth in beauty and harmony. And that could be the greatest healing of all for ourselves, mankind and planet Earth.

I must confess Michael, the LifeFlow program you gave me so long ago is something I have procrastinated on until I recently read the above scroll. I immediately realized what you gifted me and why. I also imagined you whispering, almost subliminally, “Physician, heal thyself”

After just a few weeks, I am realizing how invaluable just 30 minutes in the morning and/or 30 minutes before dinner is proving to be.

I feel more calm, more alive and more aware than ever before and for this I thank you my friend…”

As Galileo stated…

“We cannot teach people anything; we can only help them discover it within themselves.”

Most people have no idea of the natural powers they possess within to live in a balanced body, living a harmonious life. When you experience the love, peace and joy from resting a few minutes a day in the silent stillness deep within, you come to realize that this is the “elusive something” that you have been searching so long for.

Just a few restful minutes a day is all you need to discover that peace and joy within. Don’t ever forget this.

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[3 EASY STEPS] How To Stay Calm Under Pressure https://www.project-meditation.org/how-to-stay-calm-under-pressure/ https://www.project-meditation.org/how-to-stay-calm-under-pressure/#respond Fri, 18 May 2018 14:01:53 +0000 https://www.project-meditation.org/?p=10535 When you wake up to an alarm, rush to meet deadlines at work, juggle family and work and otherwise cope with the busy-ness and overwhelm of modern life, you may be wondering how you can possibly be calm NOW.

I mean right now, no matter what is going on around you.

You really don’t have to go through life worried, frazzled, exhausted or irritable, despite what the realists of the world might tell you.

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One of the best lessons you can learn in life is how to stay calm!

When you wake up to an alarm, rush to meet deadlines at work, juggle family life and otherwise cope with the busyness and overwhelm of modern life, you may be wondering how you can possibly be stay calm under pressure.

You really don’t have to go through life worried, frazzled, exhausted or irritable, despite what the realists of the world might tell you.

“And then one day I decided that hurry and stress were no longer going to be part of my life. Stress is self-created; I decided to stop manufacturing it. We can choose an internal calm and joy even amid the chaos.” – Brendan Burchard

I’d like to introduce you to a wonderful trio of calming practices, that won’t interfere with your lifestyle…

1. Meditate.

I know… I know! We, along with so many others recommend meditation but sooner or later, if you don’t already ‘get it’, you will. And the thing is, you will only get it when the timing is perfect for you.

We just love Hugh Jackmans perspective on meditation:

“Meditation is all about the pursuit of nothingness. It’s like the ultimate rest. It’s better than the best sleep you’ve ever had. It’s a quieting of the mind. It sharpens everything, especially your appreciation of your surroundings. It keeps life fresh.”

You’ll discover that when we say ‘meditation’, it’s not necessarily sitting with a perfectly straight back, with your hands in any particular pose and surrounded by wonderful scented candles (It can be if this works for you) but it can be as simple as you choose it to be.

Dr. Herbert Benson of Harvard University has been studying the incredible effects of the “relaxation response” brought on by meditation.

Meditation as you’ll have heard many times, teaches us to ‘just be’ in the present moment.

When you really think about it, you only get upset when you think about the past (what we can’t undo) and the future (what might go wrong). When the mind is constantly running back and forth between yesterday, today and tomorrow, it leaves you incredibly stressed out.

As your stress levels decrease as a result of meditating, you are less reactive to potential “threats” (emotional threats). In fact, any stressful situation can be “softened” by meditation.

So how to squeeze meditation into your schedule: You could simply try getting up 10-30 minutes earlier each day to meditate. You can meditate right there in bed, or move to the couch if you prefer.

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2. Sleep.

Did you know that modern society is chronically sleep-deprived?

Lack of sleep is much more serious than needing to nap during the day. It’s the leading cause of automobile accidents (100,000 accidents and 1,500 deaths per year in the USA alone). It affects your mood, memory, physical and mental health, love life, appearance, performance and enjoyment of life.

“It’s during deep sleep — what we call slow-wave sleep — that growth hormone is released,”

Says sleep expert Phil Gehrman, PhD.

“It seems to be part of normal tissue repair — patching the wear and tear of the day. Studies show that over time, people who are getting six hours of sleep, instead of seven or eight, begin to feel that they’ve adapted to that sleep deprivation — they’ve gotten used to it,”

Gehrman says.

“But if you look at how they actually do on tests of mental alertness and performance, they continue to go downhill. So there’s a point in sleep deprivation when we lose touch with how impaired we are.”

So if you are not sleeping, you are not thriving. To get more sleep, try this:

  • Exercise every day, but not within 3 hours of bedtime (your metabolism will be going too fast!).
  • Stretch before you go to bed to help release tension.
  • Stop watching TV at least 1 hour before bedtime (it’s too tempting to stay caught up in a show…).
  • Drink a glass of water 30 minutes before bed to help flush out toxins, and help wind the body down for rest.
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3. Relaxation.

There’s so much to do and only 24 hours in which to do it. So how can you squeeze relaxation into your day without becoming agitated about “doing nothing”?

Try “chunking” your relaxation.walking and exercise help you to stay calm

  • Take a walk. Whether fast or slow, walk for 10 or 15 minutes, once or twice a day.
  • Listen to your favorite music, whilst giving it your undivided attention. If you play an instrument, you know how relaxing it is. Make the time to play a couple of tunes 🙂
  • At work, get up and get away from your workspace, move your body and stretch a bit. A few minutes will do wonders to restore circulation and clear your mind.
  • Be in nature as often as you can. Find an excuse to get in the garden! If you don’t have one, use the same excuse to go find a local park, woodland, lake you can visit.
  • A couple of times a day, stop what you’re doing and listen. Just listen. Try to identify as many sounds in the environment as you can. Try it for just 2 or 3 minutes. It’s the simple things that are the most powerful daily habits.

So for the next 7 days, discover how to stay calm at will, by trying this and watch your stress levels plummet:

  • Wake up 30 minutes earlier than usual and meditate (If you feel overwhelmed by the various meditation techniques available and what would suit you best, check out this invaluable post);
  • Throughout the day, squeeze in some mini-moments of relaxation.
  • Gift yourself at least 30 minutes of exercise every day preferably before dinner, and then wind down slowly in the evening, shutting down the electronics one by one… ending the day with a few moments of gratitude… and getting to sleep at a reasonable hour.

We look forward to hearing how much calmer you feel!

If you already have your own chosen methods for living a calmer life, do share your thoughts and ideas with us all in the comments below we’d love to hear from you.

“We have an infinite amount to learn both from nature and from each other.”  – John Glenn

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How To Be Happy https://www.project-meditation.org/how-to-be-happy/ https://www.project-meditation.org/how-to-be-happy/#comments Wed, 02 May 2018 12:48:55 +0000 https://www.project-meditation.org/?p=10463 Happiness means different things for different people and so regardless of who you are and what you do, wouldn’t you like the recipe for how to be happy today and every day? What is it that makes you feel happy and joyful? A balanced life perhaps? Could it be self care? Whatever it is to you, take some time to read...

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Happiness means different things for different people and so regardless of who you are and what you do, wouldn’t you like the recipe for how to be happy today and every day?

“When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.”  ~ John Lennon

What is it that makes you feel happy and joyful? A balanced life perhaps?

if you want to know how to be happy in life, start with balance

When we wonder how to be happy, we can tend to really underestimate how much maintaining balance contributes to living life successfully and productively.

Whenever you overdo things in any aspect of your life, your perspective and balance are diminished.

“Moderation in all things.” ~ Aristotle

Time must be spent getting to know yourself. For example, how much rest, exercise and food do you need to function at your best.

Stay connected with family and friends. Our busy lives can really wear us down at times, but let’s not be too busy to connect with at least one family member or friend each and every day. You’ll both appreciate the sentiment.

Whenever you feel that life is one constant schedule, stop and plan something spontaneous. This may not come easy to you but it really is essential for your physical and mental health.

Could self care be a priority to you?

self care is just one of key to learning how to be happy in life

This could mean meditating, reading, taking a bath in the evening or indeed anytime of the day if you choose, walking out in nature or exercising.

It could also mean taking stock of your recent self-talk. Have you been critical? If so, this has to stop immediately if you really are serious about loving yourself more successfully. Being gentle with yourself and having your own back is your responsibility and should be your highest priority.

How others treat you will be in direct proportion to how you treat yourself and others.

“Don’t just treat others as you would like to be treated; Treat yourself how you would like to  be treated”. ~ Daniel Chidiac

Much has been written about the value of the ‘gratitude journal’, but the simple fact is that cultivating your attitude of gratitude will work in ways you won’t be able to describe.

Writing down or simply reflecting on the things in your life that you are grateful for (an education, your kids, freedom, friends etc.) is one of the most powerful tools in life you have. Not only will it give you an immediate burst of happiness, it will continue to do so the more you take grateful reflective moments. Meditation and mindfulness can really enhance the practice of gratitude.

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Find your joy before it’s too late because this often leads to discovering your purpose! Here’s how to easily get started.

Get living in the most important moment you have right now. Decide in this moment to free yourself from fears of the future and regrets of the past.

Learn to recognize your own negative affirmations.

What are these? 

Put simply… everything that we repeatedly say to ourselves out loud or in our thoughts are affirmations.

They are our conversation with the universe and the door to our subconscious mind.

The truly powerful thing about recognizing our negative affirmations and replacing them with positive ones is they can be said anytime: when you’re feeling “less than”, when you’re scared, when you’ve got some down time, when you’re commuting, when you’re exercising, and even when you’re meditating (as a mantra).

Here’s the thing: every complaint is an affirmation – it just happens to be an affirmation of something you don’t want.

The more attention and emotion you give to what you don’t want, the more it will become part of your reality. How? Well, every thought generates an emotion; together, that creates expectations.

Your choices and behaviors then align with your expectations. If you’ve ever gone into a social situation expecting it to be awkward and uncomfortable, your behaviors would be vastly different than if you expected it to be fun and pleasant.

We usually know exactly how to be happy in life. We’re just not doing enough of the right things.

“Happiness does not depend on outward things, but on the way we see them.” ~ Leo Tolstoy

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When Was The Last Time You Wanted To Ask A Favor? https://www.project-meditation.org/when-was-the-last-time-you-wanted-to-ask-a-favor/ https://www.project-meditation.org/when-was-the-last-time-you-wanted-to-ask-a-favor/#respond Wed, 25 Apr 2018 11:32:01 +0000 https://www.project-meditation.org/?p=10412 Mr. Jones wanted to build his son a swing set and needed help but didn't want to ask a favor or bother anyone.

Then he realized something that left him speechless...

Mr. Jones slaved away each and every evening after work and grew tired and irritable causing concern for his wife.

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Mr. Jones wanted to build his son a swing set and needed help but didn’t want to ask a favor or bother anyone.

Then he realized something that left him speechless…

Mr. Jones slaved away each and every evening after work and grew tired and irritable causing concern for his wife.

“You’re working so hard,”

she said.

“Wasn’t our neighbor, Mr.Williams, a carpenter when he was young? Couldn’t you ask him for help?”

Mr. Jones replied…

“But Mr. Williams has done enough work in his life. I wouldn’t want to bother him.”

So Mr. Jones kept working, until finally the swing set was finished, and he set it up in the backyard.

A few days later, Mr. Jones went outside and found Mr. Williams gazing at the swing set.

“Hi, Mr. Williams. How do you like the new swing set?”

Mr. Williams replied.

“Oh, it’s absolutely wonderful Mr. Jones. I built something like that for my son many years ago.”

His eyes looked sad, and Mr. Jones remembered that Mr. Williams’ son had moved far away for a new job in the city.

 

its ok to ask a favor

“I wish you had told me you were building it,”

Mr. Williams said.

“Your son is a good boy. I would have loved to help you do something nice for him.”

They chatted for another minute, and Mr. Jones went inside, realizing for the first time that Mr. Williams was lonely.

MORAL of the story:

Don’t be afraid to ask a favor to the people around you – an act of kindness is a joy to both the giver and the receiver.

Doesn’t it just make you stop, think and realize the importance of relationships and working together?

In times of need, we often feel we must go it alone but it doesn’t have to be that way.

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For one reason or another, many of us dislike asking for help, even when we are in desperate need of it. Perhaps we don’t want to be a burden or we have a hard time leaving ourselves vulnerable and open to rejection. But more often than not, when we ask for help, we can actually give others a sense of worth and value.

In the case of Mr. Williams, being asked to participate would have been a truly fulfilling experience for him.

Are there people in your life that would love to lend a helping hand?

There are plenty of people who are willing to help you in whatever way they can – your partner, brother, sister, parent, friend, colleague, or even a personal coach. Everyone can offer something of value, whether it is an expertise, experience, or an all important ‘ear’.

In fact, if only you choose to allow others into your life, there may be a loved one who joyfully carries your burden with you, lightening your load, and offering you comfort.

dont be afraid to ever ask a favor

Good ol’ Mr. Williams was ready and willing to offer his expertise as a carpenter, but Mr. Jones didn’t ask. He was afraid to!

Mr.Jones didn’t want to ask a favor and bother him, but hadn’t realised that Mr. Williams would have been more than happy to help. In fact, it meant more to Mr. Williams than Mr. Jones could have ever imagined.

We will all, at some point, need help. Knowing when to ask a favor and understanding why you need help is ultimately the most important thing.

Whether it’s as small as asking someone else in the home to empty the dishwasher or as big as asking for a lift somewhere, it all begins with accepting that you truly are worthy of receiving help from others.

Today… Stop thinking you have to do everything yourself.

You don’t and you shouldn’t have to.

When you accept help, it’s safe to say that the job gets done quicker, leaving you with more time to get back to doing whatever really inspires you.

By involving others, you just may be giving them a deeper meaning and self-worth and the joy you bring to others will be returned to you!

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[WARNING] Discover The Danger Of Constantly Judging Others https://www.project-meditation.org/discover-the-danger-of-constantly-judging-others/ https://www.project-meditation.org/discover-the-danger-of-constantly-judging-others/#respond Wed, 18 Apr 2018 13:06:46 +0000 https://www.project-meditation.org/?p=10450 It's only human to find yourself judging others but have you ever met someone and thought they were rude, only to realize later that they were actually a very kind and genuine person?

Did you feel bad for judging them wrong?

If you have, don't beat yourself up... just anchor the moment of realization and learn the lesson.

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It’s only human to find yourself judging others but have you ever met someone and thought they were rude, only to realize later that they were actually a very kind and genuine person?

Did you feel bad for judging them wrong?

If you have, don’t beat yourself up… just anchor the moment of realization and learn the lesson.

I was told recently about a man who was sitting on a train reading his Sunday paper. A lady across from him was playing solitaire and other passengers were either reading newspapers or books. The atmosphere was very peaceful and relaxing until a man stepped onto the train with three children. The children were boisterous and being very loud and the dad seemed oblivious to the disruption they were causing.

The man, growing more irritated by the minute put down his Sunday paper, walked over to the dad who was texting on his  phone, and said “Excuse me sir, do you see that your children are misbehaving?”. The dad stopped texting and looking rather dazed said “Oh, I’m sorry. We’ve just come from the hospital, where my wife has just died. I guess I’m having a little difficulty dealing with this right now, and so are my children.”

The man felt dreadful and his perspective of the situation immediately changed.

Granted, this was an extreme case of pre-judging a situation, however, we all pre-judge others at sometime or another.

Agree or Disagree… spend less than three minutes watching this inspiring video by Mind Movies. We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below:

The first step is becoming aware that we pre-judge and why. Remember… we are only human!

Our minds work consistently and persistently every minute of the day, making judgements; filtering out or resisting information that is not compatible with our belief patterns.

Our belief patterns guide the way we think and act with others.

When we truly begin to understand how to change and improve our own perspective we can improve the quality of our lives, our experiences, our relationships, our well-being and our success.

Your mind can truly be your greatest friend or your worst enemy.

Lisa V. Proven agrees:

“The happiest people I know are always evaluating and improving themselves. The unhappy people are usually evaluating and judging others.”

More and more people are beginning to realize the importance of keeping calm and relaxed in situations, rather than saying or doing things that they later regret. There will always be situations, people, disappointments, highs and lows when things don’t go the way we had planned. When you keep calm you can begin to see things in a whole new light.

Here’s a TOP TIP for learning how to drastically reduce judging others…

Meditation paves the way for better understanding and compassion toward ourselves and others. It requires no special skills, nor years training. All it really requires is a consistent willingness to “go with the flow” and just a few minutes of your time each day.

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A few moments of meditation each day really encourages you to “live in the moment” which puts you in the most ideal states of mind for soulful reflection. Your inner wisdom is found here, which is where every answer to every one of your questions reside.

When practiced regularly, meditation can soothe the mind and boost your self-esteem to levels you never knew existed.

When worrying or critical thoughts are replaced by positive affirmations (also a tremendous benefit of consistent daily moments of meditation) the negative emotions lose their ability to harm and upset us.

Meditation can help you break the cycle of judging others because your mind will become accustomed to positive thoughts and affirmations in the present moment, which of course is exactly where your own super power lies. When you release your negative perspective of others, you will feel a surge of energizing love that will positively affect every aspect of your life and those around you.

The inner calm that meditation provides can also lead to increased intelligence (wisdom) and enhanced creativity. With consistent daily practice, these positive effects compound and become permanently established, leaving you wondering how you ever managed your life without it.

“When we stop judging others and ourselves, our heart begins to open”. ~ Swami Dhyan Giten

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You Can Drop Your Gunny And Run https://www.project-meditation.org/you-can-drop-your-gunny-and-run/ https://www.project-meditation.org/you-can-drop-your-gunny-and-run/#comments Wed, 11 Apr 2018 14:37:31 +0000 https://www.project-meditation.org/?p=10355 The average person begins life with very few negative emotions, however as we proceed through life we begin to collect them like souvenirs and carry them around as in a backpack. By early adulthood this backpack has developed into a rather heavy gunny sack and in psychology this is known as "gunny sacking"

Gunny sacking is the process of stuffing into a bag, unresolved anger, resentments, disappointments and all our accumulated negative emotions.

Since we have suffered and paid a price for these, because of what we have been through and endured, we convince ourselves that these negative emotions are ours and that nobody is going to talk us out of them. The ego clings on to them and would have us believe that this gunny sack is like ammunition and is needed for our protection.

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Negative energy comes at us in all kinds of ways, usually when we’re not expecting it.

Sometimes this can lead to feelings of overwhelm and at other times, it’s relatively manageable.

Negative energy will invite itself in whether you like it or not and is all part and parcel of life. The exciting thing however is that you don’t have to suffer along the way.

Times are changing and our minds are developing rapidly from one generation to the next.

Wouldn’t you like to make a conscious decision to let go of this kind of debilitating negative energy if you absolutely knew, without a shadow of a doubt, that life would instantly become more joyful for you and those around you?

It all sounds so easy doesn’t it, but the truth is most of us never get this far. Most people forget or aren’t aware that the mind is the principle cause of suffering.

So if the mind is the cause, we can only assume that the mind has the answer…

walk in nature and shed negative energy

Imagine walking along a pathway in a beautiful forest.

All you can hear is the sound of birds in the trees and a babbling brook in the near distance. The fall leaves create a magnificent display of flaming colors and the ones that have fallen into a thick carpet, crunch beneath your feet as you meander on soaking up the magnificent beauty of nature.

As you fill your lungs with clean pure air you feel exhilarated and glad to be alive. Grateful even!

Before long you come across a very tired looking lady who seems to be collecting wood. You can sense a kind of sadness within her and ask if she needs some help.

Her reply …

“When I began my walk I picked up a stone which I name loneliness, and put it in my bag.

I picked up another stone and it was for anger towards my cruel step father.

As I traveled, I picked stones for – jealousy of my brother who was always the perfect one, mistrust of others, guilt, isolation, fear, and uncertainty.

Soon the beautiful forest I was traveling through ceased to capture my attention.

My gunnysack was so full and so heavy I could think of nothing else.”

The forest is very much like that walk through life.

The average person begins life with very few negative emotions, however as we proceed through life we begin to collect them like souvenirs and carry them around in a backpack. By early adulthood this backpack has developed into a rather heavy gunny sack and in psychology this is known as “gunny sacking”.

Gunny sacking is the process of stuffing into a bag, unresolved anger, resentments, disappointments and all our accumulated negative emotions.

Since we have suffered and paid a price for these, because of what we have been through and endured, we convince ourselves that these negative emotions are ours and that nobody is going to talk us out of them. The ego clings on to them and would have us believe that this gunny sack is like ammunition and is needed for our protection.

The truth is (and Oprah firmly believes this to be true as stated in the below 60 second video) that we can only move forward and develop our true potential in direct proportion to the amount of negative emotions we are willing to release.

So you see, holding on to that negative energy is like driving a car with the emergency brake on.

Have you ever driven along in your vehicle and felt it was going slow and sluggish, put your foot down and still not increased your speed much, then looking down, realized that your emergency brake was still on? Then when you released your emergency brake the car began to perform as it should?

This is exactly what happens with your life when you hold onto negative emotions. It’s like driving your life with the brakes on.

Of course it’s possible to move forward slowly, however just as the stress and the strain on the engine and other parts of the car will cause damage and wear it out, equally the negative emotions are what tire and wear us out.

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You will feel such relief and peace as you gradually release more and more accumulated negative emotions, enabling you to experience increased self-awareness and enjoy the wonderful benefits of psychological, emotional, spiritual and personal growth.

Meditation is one of the very best ways to raise your vibration and only needs to take a few moments each day. You’ll soon discover the difference in how you feel and how you make others feel when they’re around you.

Don’t be put off by the various types of meditation, just start with one and see how it fits into your daily life.

Try this simple breathing meditation, this is the classic meditation technique whereby your entire focus is on your breath. Use this simple method of the 4-7-8 (or Relaxing Breath) exercise while you listen to this 8 Minute Deep Meditation

Exhale completely through your mouth.
Close your mouth and inhale quietly through your nose to a mental count of four.
Hold your breath for a count of seven.
Exhale completely through your mouth, to a count of eight.
This is one breath.

Others ways of eliminating any negative energy holding you back might include:

Looking for ways that make you feel relaxed and content. This could be in exercise, art, dance, walking in nature, yoga, fishing, meeting up with friends, listening to soothing music etc

yoga and exercise are perfect for releasing negative energy

Be sure that you’re treating others as you would have them treat you. If you’re having negative thoughts about others or whether you’re going one step further and verbally insulting or criticizing them, it doesn’t matter. It’s all negative energy that will usually poison you more than them.

Include one or more positive affirmations to your day and repeat as many times as you like, with a genuine feeling of joy as you do so.

“I am open and receptive to all the good and abundance in the universe …Thank you Life!”

This is an extremely popular and powerful one by the late queen of positive affirmations and self care, Louise Hay.

Enjoy the beauty of nature and always remember to take the time out for yourself each day.

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[STUDY] Could Meditation Be More Effective Than Morphine? https://www.project-meditation.org/could-meditation-be-more-effective-than-morphine/ https://www.project-meditation.org/could-meditation-be-more-effective-than-morphine/#respond Wed, 04 Apr 2018 13:15:59 +0000 https://www.project-meditation.org/?p=10387 If meditating changes the way the brain functions, does this then mean meditation for pain relief is possible?

Are you someone who tends to worry and/or resist thoughts before a dental appointment?

Do you feel tense when you're sat in 'that' chair having treatment or indeed whilst sitting in the often silent waiting room beforehand?

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If meditating changes the way the brain functions, does this then mean meditation for pain relief is possible?

Are you someone who tends to worry and/or resist thoughts before a dental appointment?

Do you feel tense when you’re sat in ‘that’ chair having treatment or indeed whilst sitting in the often silent waiting room beforehand?

Many of those who do suffer from this pre-dental dread can actually feel weak and shaky after an hour in ‘that chair’.

is meditation for pain management a good idea I can remember feeling just like that when I was younger and it felt truly overwhelming and stressful. What we now know of course is the importance of relaxing, because feelings of anxiousness or fearfulness causes adrenaline and cortisol to flood into your body causing it to become tense.

The following excerpt is from an article about a midwife clarifying how you can evoke your own natural relaxation response to relieve pain.

When Subhana Barzaghi was a midwife she taught breathing techniques and meditation for pain caused by contractions.

“Most of us have a habitual reaction to pain – an aversion that we react against,”

Subhana, who is now a meditation teacher at North Sydney’s Bluegum Sangha, explains.

“Meditation teaches us to observe rather than get caught up in the strong sensations we are experiencing. We learn to stop labeling and therefore stop reacting. In this way, instead of tightening up against it and resisting, which causes further tension, we start to soften into it. As we do this, the pain can begin to soften and subside.”

In recent years, the 5000 year old intuitive teachings of meditation were given the backing of science.

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Here’s why the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center believe meditation can be more effective than morphine…

This is the first study to show that only a little over an hour of meditation training can dramatically reduce both the experience of pain and pain-related brain activation”

… said Fadel Zeidan, PhD, lead author of the study and post-doctoral research fellow at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

“We found a big effect – about a 40 per cent reduction in pain intensity and a 57 per cent reduction in pain unpleasantness. Meditation produced a greater reduction in pain than even morphine or other pain-relieving drugs, which typically reduce pain ratings by about 25 per cent.”

In the study, 15 volunteers, who had never previously meditated, were taught mindfulness meditation techniques over four 20-minute sessions.

Mindfulness meditation teaches the individual to focus the attention on an object, such as the breath.

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“This concentration brings the awareness to the present moment, allowing the individual to experience what’s going on at a subtle level” Subhana explains.

“As the mind stops jumping around like a 24-hour TV channel, we develop our sense of calm and begin to cultivate equanimity and serenity. In this way, we enhance our own natural relaxation response.”

During the study, participants had their brain activity measured, with an arterial spin labeling magnetic resonance imaging (ASL MRI), both before and after meditation, while they were subjected to a pain-inducing heating device – heated to 120 Fahrenheit (or almost 50 degrees Celsius) – over five-minute periods.

The scans found that after meditation, participant’s pain was reduced by as much as 93 per cent. They also showed that activity in the somatosensory cortex – the region of the brain associated with pain response – which was rapid prior to meditation, was significantly diminished afterwards.

Movement in the anterior cingulate cortex, anterior insula and the orbito-frontal cortex however, was increased after meditation. All of which proves that if you’re considering practicing meditation for pain relief, stay focused… It can be a very powerful and natural pain killer!

“These areas all shape how the brain builds an experience of pain from nerve signals that are coming in from the body,”

… says Robert C Coghill, PhD, senior author of the study and associate professor of neurobiology and anatomy at Wake Forest Baptist.

“Consistent with this function, the more that these areas were activated by meditation the more that pain was reduced.

One of the reasons that meditation may have been so effective in blocking pain was that it did not work at just one place in the brain, but instead reduced pain at multiple levels of processing.”

As a result of the study, Wake Forest recommended that meditation for pain be used as standard clinical practice.

This scientific endorsement came as a welcome, but not unexpected result for those in the profession.

“Meditation allows you to achieve a level of focus and concentration where you are deeply calm and even blissful,”

Subhana says.

“Certainly, this shifting of mind and body state at times of intense stress has the power to be stronger than drugs.”

I hope you are getting the most from your little daily meditation, whichever technique you’re practicing.

If you haven’t currently adopted a preferred method, find out how best to begin here.

We’d love to know if you’ve used meditation as form of pain relief before and how you found it, just let us know in the comments section below 🙂

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How To Do Meditation Properly… Just Start! https://www.project-meditation.org/how-to-do-meditation-properly/ https://www.project-meditation.org/how-to-do-meditation-properly/#respond Wed, 28 Mar 2018 12:19:06 +0000 https://www.project-meditation.org/?p=10328 Have you ever wondered how to do meditation properly?

Perhaps you’re put off by not knowing where or how to begin.

What If I were to tell you that the very thing that’s getting in your way is a simple habit, not yet formed… Sounds too simple right?! Then you’ve got to read our brand new blog post here...

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Have you ever wondered how to do meditation properly?

Perhaps you’re put off by not knowing where or how to begin.

What If I were to tell you that the very thing that’s getting in your way is a simple habit, not yet formed.

looking to know how to do meditation

The psychological definition of a habit is an ‘automatic pattern of behavior in reaction to a specific situation; may be inherited or acquired through frequent repetition’.

Layer upon layer, through practice, habits develop into strong patterns that constrain or strengthen our lives.

Do you know the story of Susan and John?

A young newly married couple, Susan and John were preparing together a dinner party for family and friends.

John was preparing an assortment of vegetables while Susan was preparing a delicious ham.

As Susan cut off both ends of the ham and placed them in the bin, John asked her why she did this because he thought it was a shame to waste good meat.

Susan told John that her mother taught her to cook it that way and it always tasted delicious. John was experienced at cooking and couldn’t understand how cutting the ends off the ham could make it taste better and so when Susan’s mom arrived he asked her the same question.

Susan’s mom replied “I really don’t know, I’ve never thought about it — my mother always cooked it that way and it always tastes delicious.”

All the guests were seated and the table was filled with an assortment of delicious food.

a story of habitThe evening was a great success and everyone commented on how delicious the ham was.

John was seated next to Susan’s grandmother and couldn’t resist asking the question – “Martha, why does cutting the ends of the ham off make it cook better?”

The old lady answered, “Oh it doesn’t John.”

A little puzzled he asked “then why did you always cut them off?”

Martha answered, “I always trimmed the ends off the ham so it would fit into my oven tray!”

This is how we create patterns and habits in our life.

Habits are like comfy beds, easy to get into and hard to get out of.

John C. Maxwell puts it very simply:

“You’ll never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine”.

The secret is to eliminate the habits that constrain or limit your life and replace them with habits that strengthen your life.

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More and more of us are becoming aware of the significant benefits to be achieved in our lives through living more mindfully and meditating often.

If you’ve ever found yourself wondering how to do meditation, simply begin by deciding from here on out, it’s going to become a priority in your life, no excuses.

Decide now and you’ll see it’ll be the best habit you ever formed!

Start by setting up a little corner within your room to visually remind you of the importance of meditation. All you need is a chair or cushion, a C.D. player/mp3 player and stereo headphones. Of course you can use other accessories (candles, incense etc) to make it more inviting if you choose.

Also, remember, the statistics tell us that the average American watches 24 hours of TV every single week. If you feel you have not got the time, perhaps you could cut back on this habit?

When you regularly know and feel the wonderful benefits meditation brings, you will have created the most rewarding habit which will allow you to experience the joy and inner peace that is already deep within you.

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[BAD NEWS] For Your Health & Your Well-Being! https://www.project-meditation.org/bad-news-for-your-health-and-your-well-being/ https://www.project-meditation.org/bad-news-for-your-health-and-your-well-being/#respond Wed, 14 Mar 2018 14:29:34 +0000 https://www.project-meditation.org/?p=10284 Discover how to produce at will the highly regarded hormone HGH and many other super healing hormones, naturally and safely with a...

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Whilst the invaluable Cortisol hormone is important to us all, high Cortisol levels can be detrimental to say the least and they are on the rise. Cortisol is often referred to as the stress hormone.

High Cortisol levels can contribute to high blood pressure, osteoporosis and type 2 diabetes. It can also contribute to poor memory and weakens the immune system. Someone suffering from high Cortisol levels can often feel tired, due to it affecting daily cycles of other important hormones in the body.

For anyone suffering from high stress levels …

Just a few moments in meditation daily can and will work miracles for you.

Here’s why…

In certain brain wave frequencies, your brain releases numerous highly beneficial substances, one of which is known as HGH (human growth hormone).

As we get older, the brain unfortunately creates lesser quantities of these beneficial substances and we therefore develop various ageing symptoms and diseases.

Recent research performed by Dr. Vincent Giampapa, M.D., a prominent anti-ageing researcher and past-president of the American Board of Anti-Ageing Medicine, revealed that regular deep meditation dramatically affects production and the balance of three important hormones related to increased longevity, stress, and enhanced well-being:

These are Cortisol, DHEA, and Melatonin.

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At the slower Alpha and Theta brainwave (these are the more common states to be achieved when meditating) patterns, production of DHEA and Melatonin increases significantly.

One study noted an increase in DHEA of as much as 44%.

Some even had DHEA increases of up to 90%.

Melatonin increases were even more astounding, with average increases of 98% recorded.

Many participants even had increases of up to 300%.

On the other hand, Cortisol levels declined by an average of 47%. Of course, not all study participants showed the same results, but about 70% of the study participants recorded the above improvements.

meditation for the reduction of high cortisol levelsCortisol is a hormone naturally produced by the adrenal glands and according to Dr. Giampapa, it is the major age-accelerating hormone. It also interferes with learning and can and does promote what’s known as brain fog. Moderately high Cortisol levels and beyond in general, are bad news for your health and your well-being.

Whilst it the body’s natural “stress hormone,” the more of it you have, the more stressed you feel, the more vulnerable to disease you are and the faster you age!

Meditation does and will reduce your Cortisol levels significantly.

DHEA is extremely important.

Another hormone, DHEA, is also produced by your adrenal glands. DHEA is a precursor, or source ingredient, to virtually every hormone your body needs.

dhea is a natural hormone that lowers high cortisol levels

DHEA level is a key determinant of physiological age and resistance to disease.

When levels are low, you’re more susceptible to aging and disease; when they’re high, the body is at its peak – vibrant, healthy, and able to fight disease successfully.

DHEA acts as a buffer against stress-related hormones (such as Cortisol), which is why as you get older and make less DHEA you become more susceptible to stress and disease.

A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine (December 11, 1986) found that a 100 micro-gram per deciliter increase in DHEA blood levels corresponded with a 48% reduction in mortality due to cardiovascular disease and a 36% reduction in mortality for any reason!

The benefits of Melatonin:

Melatonin is a hormone produced by the pineal gland

Melatonin is a hormone produced by the pineal gland and helps to create restful sleep.

The inability to sleep soundly can dramatically decrease the quality of your life and greatly speed up the aging process. The production of this important hormone rapidly declines with age.
New research also reveals that Melatonin is a powerful antioxidant.

Biological implications of reduced Melatonin:

Melatonin is a ubiquitous neurohormone whose production is low during the day and high at night. It passes through cell membranes and acts as a highly potent antioxidant to scavenge free radicals that cause damage to DNA, Reiter (1995).

Hence Melatonin reduction is involved with diseases produced by free radicals, including cancer, aging, neurological diseases, acute heart disease and heart attack, Reiter and Robinson (1995).

The circadian cycle involvement of Melatonin shows that reduced Melatonin will alter blood pressure and heart rate, neurological cardiopulmonary and reproductive functions.

serotonin which is a calming neurotransmitter in the brain

It suggests that reduced Melatonin will also reduce immune system competence and enhances the risk of cardiac, neurological and carcinogenic disease and death through reducing its antioxidant activity. These predictions are always checked against clinical studies.

Meditation increases the production of serotonin which is a calming neurotransmitter in the brain.

Medical News Today published an article last month highlighting a number of the invaluable benefits of boosting serotonin levels:

Bowel function: Most of the body’s serotonin is found in the GI tract, where it regulates bowel function and movements. It also plays a part in reducing the appetite while eating.

 

Mood: In the brain, serotonin impacts levels of mood, anxiety, and happiness. Illicit mood-altering drugs such as Ecstasy and LSD cause a significant rise in serotonin levels.

 

Clotting: Serotonin contributes to the formation of blood clots. It is released by platelets when there is a wound. The resulting vasoconstriction, or narrowing of the blood vessels, reduces blood flow and helps blood clots to form.

 

Nausea: If you eat something that is toxic or irritating, the gut produces more serotonin to increase transit time and expel the irritant in diarrhea. This also stimulates the nausea area in the brain, resulting in nausea.

 

Bone density: Some scientists have linked high levels of serotonin in the bones to an increase in osteoporosis, but others have challenged these results.

Human Growth Hormone

It is within delta that our brains are triggered to release great quantities of healing hormones, one of which is human growth hormone (HGH) which we make less of as we age, resulting in many symptoms and diseases associated with ageing.

Celebrities pay up to and beyond $20,000 a year for synthetic human growth hormone injections, because it brings back youthful energy, looks, and stamina.

And I agree, the effects of HGH are dramatic:-

Greater muscle tone,
Stronger bones,
Less fat,
Increased brain function and younger-looking, tighter skin!

HGH is one of the reasons kids have endless energy—their pituitary glands spew out heaps of the stuff!

Unfortunately, your body produces less HGH as you get older—as much as 50% less by our late 50s.

And it shows!

But HGH injections are dangerous, expensive and can cause frightening side effects!!

So now you know you can produce at will HGH and many other super healing hormones, naturally and safely with a little daily meditation

“By quieting the mind, which then quiets the body, the less turbulent the body is, the more the self-repair healing mechanisms get amplified.

In fact, scientists have shown that the better your DNA, your genetic machinery is at healing itself, the longer you live.

That’s how meditation lowers biological age.”

~ Deepak Chopra

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