How to practice patience when facing negative emotions?

I like to define patience as peace + science, or in other words, the science of peace.

Patience is the ability to overcome challenges without reacting with anger. You can show patience with a good attitude in front of life difficulties. Being patient is also the comprehension of life facts without forcing anything or anyone, without getting attached to anything or anyone, without any effort.

If the patience is part of our natural state, why do we “lose” it?

Patience is lost as we allow what does not correspond to our real nature. The enemies of patience are negative emotions such as ANGER AND HATE, which bring suffering. These negative emotions are created in the mind because the mind is like a sponge; it absorbs both the positive and the negative, unfortunately, it is proven that the mind absorbs more quickly the negative than the positive.

In the world we live in, we receive daily hate messages such as wars, abandonment, and injustice. In social networks and television, they show us a reality full of falsehood and materialism called “mass consumption“. All of this is absorbed and accumulated by mind daily. It is as if the mind were a glass of water and each negative thought is a drop of ink that falls into the water and becomes cloudy and dark.

When we faced difficult situations, the mind is cloudy and dark and, instead of responding assertively, it reacts with anger and hatred.

If something happens that I do not want, I get angry …

When someone says or does something that I do not like, I get angry …

When situations do not go as I expected, I get angry …

If we analyze this pattern, there is always “something” or “someone” that “steals” our peace or patience. If we let everything that happens around affect us, we end up suffering. And this is because we are so dissatisfied with life that we always want something more and we do not even know what that something is.

As the Chilean psychiatrist Claudio Naranjo says: “People find it difficult to be happy because they think happiness is to be happy with everyone and everything, be happy and nothing more, laugh at everything. But if we could realize that happiness is to be serene. And that serenity is obtained when one is on the path he chose. Not exactly because he does well, that would be very easy. But we expect so much from the happiness that we have made it impossible.”

In order to end the suffering caused by anger and hatred, we need to change our DESIRES. Desires are another cause of suffering, and uncontrollable desires can lead to death. People hurt themselves, self-flagellate, suffer from depression, anxiety and end up losing patience altogether.

We all face obstacles; if they have a solution, there is no reason to be angry, and if they do not have it, how does it benefit us to get angry?

But here is something important, NOT all suffering is bad, the small daily sufferings that affect us physically and emotionally, such as pain and illness, also prepare us to endure great adversities. If we become familiar with the challenges every day, we become stronger, and it becomes easier and easier to solve them.

How to cultivate patience?

One of the most effective ways to cultivate patience is to have TRUST, trusting that everything we need comes to us at the time and in the right way, without any effort. This we can call waiting, “wait patiently.” If we return to the example of the glass with water, if we let the ink settle in the bottom of the glass, we can see clearly and choose to respond assertively to the challenges, instead of getting angry.

Confidence allows us to understand that everything arrives at the perfect moment and time. For some strange reason, humans have developed the need to control everything, including others. This creates great disappointments of how life is according to what we expect from it. Through the practice of trust, we let everything flow without the need to control; flow with life is much more relaxed and effective than go against the flow!

One of the best ways to cultivate that natural state of patience is by means of meditation. Meditation is an exercise for the mind, which is, as I mentioned earlier, the source of negative emotions and uncontrollable desires. Meditation allows us to:

-Learn how to deal with our thoughts and emotions

-Connect with our natural state of inner peace

-Clean the impurities of the mind

-Control the desires

-Accept the nature of the world that is UNCONTROLLABLE

3 affirmations to cultivate patience

After recognizing the origin of the loss of patience and understanding that we can control our desires to stop suffering, we can pause and transform our life experience into a conscious experience of peace and serenity. Positive affirmations are the opposite of the negative thought patterns that we normally use and are the starting point for personal development.

For this reason, I want to share the following affirmations to cultivate patience in all areas of life:

  • Practice acceptance

Today I accept the people, situations, and circumstances as they occur. I know that this moment is as it should be because the whole universe is as it should be. I will not fight against the whole universe by fighting against this moment. I accept things as they are and not as I want them to be.

  • Take responsibility

Today I take responsibility for my situation and for all the events that I see as challenges. I avoid blaming others or myself. I recognize that every challenge is a disguised opportunity, which allows me to take this moment and transform it for my growth and expansion.

  • Remain defenseless

Today, I renounce my point of view, and I have no need to persuade others to accept my opinions. I remain open to all points of view and I am not rigidly attached to any of them. I choose to be kind before being right.

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Why Everyone Needs to Practice Meditation

Based on my own experience as a meditation trainer, people wonder a lot about when and why one needs to maintain meditation practice. Should that also be a misunderstanding of what meditation is all about? Possibly. According to the Merriam Webster dictionary, meditation means, “engage in contemplation or reflection, or to plan or project in the mind”. But this is not what we are talking about. In fact, the real word which stands for meditation is actually called Samadhi, which means “standstill, peaceful and focused at one point. In this article, we are basing our argument on some facts about the function of our brain which is, in a way, conditioned by the state of our mind.

The three main parts of our brain

In her article “How meditation boosts creativity and innovation”[1], Bianca Rothschild (2014), explains the three main parts of the brain and their functions:

1) Neocortex: the newest part of the brain which is essentially concerned with what can be considered the important stuff: creative thinking, problem solving, visioning, hypothesising, strategizing.

2)The limbic system: located below the neocortex, and is simply said to be the area of processing our emotions,  motivations and memories. If we are feeling emotionally out of balance or distressed, this part of the brain gets activated, and our brain becomes ‘busy’ dealing with the stress and emotions at hand; it won’t allocate any resources to our creative thinking.

3) The reptilian brain: the oldest part of our brain, concerned with our survival and primarily activated by the adrenaline hormone; it is where our fight or flight responses originate. This is the laziest part of our brain; it only wants to process things which it deems critical to our survival.  The reptilian brain also includes sex impulses, and if the idea is ‘mate-able’, dangerous or threatening our survival in any way, it will get passed upwards, and hence has a hard time getting to the neocortex.

Enhanced creativity and emotional intelligence

Mindfulness meditation has been scientifically proved to be a great technique to improve creativity. “The kinds of things that happen when you meditate do have effects throughout the body, not just in the brain.”[2].  Elsewhere, the study published in May 2016 in the medical journal PloS One[3]  showed that one session of relaxation­response practice was enough to enhance the expression of genes involved in energy metabolism and insulin secretion and reduce expression of genes linked to inflammatory response and stress. There was an effect even  among novices who had never practiced meditation before.

Certainly, meditation has positive side effects: it reduces the reactivity of the reptilian brain, increases resilience, stimulates the neocortex, as well as improves emotional intelligence[4]. All these factors assist in getting ideas flowing directly to our best creative thinking brain – the neocortex. According to the research conducted on American company’s employees regarding their ability of problem solving, the result shows that non-meditators had more cognitive rigidity than regular meditators; they also had tendency to apply difficult or outdated solutions to easy problems, based on their past experiences, which was not the case of regular meditators who are more creative.

Conclusion

Everyone deserves happiness and peace of mind on one side and creative thinking on the other side. Unfortunately, our everyday life has so many happenings which are often unpleasant and at the end deprive us from being joyful and creative as our brain becomes busy dealing with stress and emotions. The good news is that everyone has a solution in their hands, and it is meditation practice.  So, the choice is YOURS.

 

References

[1] Bianca Rothschild, How meditation boosts creativity and innovation, july 2014

[2] The Benson-Henry Institute for mind-body Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital

[3] In http://www.bl oomber g.com/news/ar ti cl es/2013­ 11­ 22/har var d­ yoga­ sci enti sts­ fi nd­ pr oof­ of­ medi tation­ benefit

[4] Bianca Rothschild (2014)  in Op.cit

Can We Train Our Brain for More Empathy and Compassion?

We often hear that we have come to this world only to fight for our own interests and individual survival. But is this true or could it be possible that as human beings we have the compassion that moves us to worry about others as an instinctive characteristic? These are the questions widely discussed in various contexts of our society. 

In general, we live in a society that promotes competitiveness, individuality and a struggle fostering a misinterpretation of Darwin’s Law of Natural Selection: survival of the fittest. The artificial environments existing in large cities and accompanied by technological advancements have been favouring this competitiveness, largely fostered by the dominant political-economic system. This substitution for individual economic survival makes the empathetic, cooperative and altruistic spirit disappear that should instead lead us – as a society – on a more natural path.

We are altruistic by nature

Empathy is nothing but the ability to be in resonance with the feelings of another person. It is the ability to identify and understand the situation of the other, putting ourselves “in their shoes” and seeing things no longer from our own perspective, but from the viewpoint of the other. Being empathetic helps us understand why or how others react to certain situations, which in turn gives us useful information about how we deal with people. Empathy is an extremely positive characteristic to have, since it can help create better relationships and a more peaceful and harmonious world.

The biologist Frans De Waal in his book The Time of Empathy shows us how empathy and altruism arise in humans and animals. For example, it has been scientifically proved that human beings evolve in a group, not individually like other species do. In the following text, I will present evidence from the analysis of the behaviour of great primates, such as chimpanzees, bonobos and Capuchin monkeys, as well as dolphins and elephants, which show that many animals are concerned about their peers and are willing to help them, in some cases even risking their lives. Thus, empathy is an ancestral trait that characterises animals and men, which contradicts the sombre vision of human nature proposed by some (as noted by the famous psychologist Sigmund Freud).

Is empathetic brain predetermined?

Nowadays evolution and the natural world show us that the condition of empathy and altruism towards others is something that is a part of our own nature. However, it is undeniable that some people have a greater capacity than others for expressing these traits and putting them into practice. So, is it that some of these skills are fixed and predetermined or can we develop and improve them throughout our lives?

From the neuro-physiological point of view, empathy is the ability to be in neural resonance with the feelings of another person. Studies carried out by the renowned Max Planck Institute in Germany have showed that some of the autonomous (unconscious) processes of our body undergo changes when a person “comes into resonance” with another. Examples of this are the fact that our eye pupils dilate or contract, our temperature increases and the rhythm of our breathing can be altered, among several others.

The responsible part of the brain for this is called right supramarginal gyrus, and is a part of the cerebral cortex that is located approximately at the junction of the parietal, temporal and frontal lobes. When this region of the brain does not function properly, or when we have to make particularly rapid decisions, our empathetic capacity and compassion are drastically reduced, as researchers have found. This area of ​​the brain helps us distinguish our own emotional state from that of other people, revealing something unusual: that the empathy could be actually represented by brain structures and cell populations

Because the neural circuits of our brain are malleable and can be reconnected through neuroplasticity, the tendency of empathy and compassion is not fixed. We must all practice “putting ourselves in the shoes” of another person to reinforce the neural networks that allow us connect in a positive way with the feelings and circumstances of others. Luckily, these findings provide us with an early evidence that compassion is a skill that can be trained, rather than a stable and a predetermined trait gained at birth, as previously thought. This could be applied in various areas in our society where it is necessary to improve relationships and communication skills such as, health care, education and business.

As easy as sitting down, closing your eyes and meditating

Various studies in the fields of neuroscience have showed that through meditation techniques we can actually “train” our ability to feel compassion and empathy for others, as if it were a muscle of our body. In this sense, areas of our brain change when we train it to be more compassionate through meditation, and as a result, the chemistry of our brain changes activating areas that were not active previously.

There are no easy answers on how to raise people’s awareness and empathetic response. However, by adopting new habits that change the mentality and behavioural choices made on a day-to-day basis, anyone can reconnect their brain to be more empathetic.

One of these habits that allow compassion training, as demonstrated more and more, is to practice a rigorous mindfulness training and loving kindness meditation. This practice, although powerful, is very easy to do. All you need is take a few minutes every day to sit quietly and systematically send thoughts charged with love, well-being and compassion to: (1) family and friends; (2) someone with whom you have tension or conflict; (3) strangers and all living beings around the world who may be suffering; (4) connect with the feeling of self-compassion, forgiveness and love towards oneself.

Doing this simple 4-step practice literally reconnects our brain by involving neural connections linked to empathy. We can feel that the vessels in our brain change and open up to empathy just by spending a few minutes going through this systematic practice of meditation.

How much lightness and joy it is to know that we can improve our capacity to love and interact positively with those around us every day! You and I are the result of four billion years of successful evolution. Let’s act as such! 

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Question or Answer: What Matters More?

Thinking process

Once a Teaching Monk* from Peace Revolution project said: In Eastern philosophy, everything is about the answer. It doesn´t matter much the question, what matters is the answer. At that very moment I thought: In Western philosophy, it is totally the opposite – think of Jaspers or Heidegger, to name a few -, what matters the most is the question (the thinking itself, not the conclusion).

I didn’t know how to continue with this thread in my mind, but I quickly realized that there was no wrong or right approach to this, but rather sometimes we need the right answer, and sometimes we need the right question.

Life, Love and Death

When something happens in our lives, when a change comes, when someone important to us moves abroad, or we get a promotion at work, or we move in with our partner, or we lose something meaningful, or we become parents, we start making some important questions, and looking for some accurate answers. If we can categorize these questions, I dare to say that they are mostly about life, love and death. What is most interesting: although we may develop and learn from others some conclusions about these key themes, they are never a “closed case”, they re-open once in a while in our lives, and we get the chance of deepening our understanding of them. They are topics in progress throughout our entire life (why? I´m not sure). 

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What we think about love in our first romantic relationship is pretty different from what we think about it once we commit to a long-term relationship, for example. At the beginning, love is all magic, happiness, receiving only beautiful and good things etc., and then we understand that this also implies responsibilities, perseverance, courage, work, patience, acceptance, giving more. We thrive on our relationships. And later on, we realize that even the most delicious and sweetest fruit, before being ready for harvesting, was bitter.

These topics open themselves as we live and experience our life. We may never ask questions about life until we stop and observe our own existence because we are bored or lacking future perspective or plans; and we probably never read anything about relationships and love until we break up with someone that really matters to us. These questions and answers are key for us, they determine our direction in life, what is essential and what, at the end of the day, inhabits our innermost places.

Refuge in stillness

And although there is no point in rushing into these processes as everyone experiences them in their own “right time”, meditation practice offers a great moment to give to ourselves enough space and time to deepen and ripen the juicy fruit that life, love, and death have been preparing for us deep inside. It is in the stillness of the mind where the safest balance is restored and inner peace found. Of course, talking about the stillness of the mind sounds a lot for those who experience too much of everything and nothing of peace when meditating, but after some time of practice, one becomes accustomed to the presence of wandering thoughts and distractions and stop paying attention to those things (at least for a while). This doesn´t mean that they disappear, you’ve simply learned more about your own mind and know how and when to let go of the thoughts and distractions.

This stillness, then, this soft inner peace, is the perfect environment for all our essential questions and answers, to find refuge for our innermost feelings and thoughts. It changes us, it makes us real and mature grown-ups ready to experience everything again, this time, more prepared, more open, with more heart than fear.

Whatever penetrates subtly becomes influential – not by acting on situations or people to change their nature, but by becoming part of their nature and acting in them. Because it never acts as an antagonist, it never creates resistance and permeates everywhere.” I-Ching with clarity.

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How Can Inner Power Lead To A Successful Life?

Most of the people in the world are in a quest for a happy life, freedom and security. The search of happiness and successful life is therefore one of the common goals to everyone. How to acquire this happiness and how to enjoy life in freedom and security? Read further to find out one of the best ways to achieve beautiful things in your life and become an active agent of positive changes through strengthening your inner power.

Life is made of challenges. This is the reason why many people find it difficult. In fact, challenges are not made to handicap the attainment of our goals. Instead, they are the source of knowledge and experience. When we have a lot of experience in life, we become wise, and this wisdom helps us in many ways. Through challenges we learn new things, because life is a kind of school, where we never finish learning. In order to be patient and cope with everyday challenges, there is a very important key that is universal and could allow people to open the doors of happiness, prosperity and good life.

 Relationship between inner power and inner peace

Inner power is what we need to be confident and positive in everyday situations. Inner power is also referred to as inner peace. With inner power we find life easy and joyful because it helps to have the right perception of things in the world. Our perception becomes more clear, and we easily understand why and how certain number of situations need to happen in our life. Most of the time, things happen for good reasons. However, we fail to understand that just because we are in lack of inner power. When life presents a certain challenge, we often perceive it in a bad way with bad ideas leading to bad feelings and bad actions. Sometimes, it is after many years that we can understand the reason why we had to undergo the given challenge.

Ability to manage the thoughts

Inner power is therefore needed in order to be more positive and to learn to rely on our life. Inner power enables us to sharpen our views, to see life as it comes and practice letting go of bad experiences. Besides with inner power, we always know what is good or bad for us and can easily choose the best way to take. People who connect with their inner power are the most productive men and women in the world. Even when they are facing troubles, they always find a way out to keep on moving towards the achievement of their goals. The stability of our life also depends on how we manage our thoughts. Since everything starts with an idea, there is the need to control our thoughts or at least to have a full management of our emotions and feelings since our thinking process affects our life.

Meditation to build strong inner power

Moreover, good mental status impacts positively our life. It is the reason why we have to train our mentality through constant meditation. Mediation is the practice that helps us still the mind and paves the way to a strong inner power. When the mind is still, focused and peaceful, we find the inner power that we need in order to have a happy personal and professional life. You may consider joining Peace Revolution to know how to build your inner power through a practice of mindfulness and meditation.

 

Unlock Your Creative Potential Through Meditation

creative meditation

Being a musician and a guitar player, I’ve found that even creative minds often hit a point in their life where their seemingly endless fountain of ideas runs dry. This is often experienced in the form of a writer’s block or even procrastination. Getting your creative juices flowing once again can often be difficult and time-consuming. Could meditation be the cure we’re looking for?

Everyone has their own theory about what it takes to get back on the creative wagon. Because everyone is different, no scientific study can apply to every single creative mind, but a 2012 study (completed by Lorenza Colzato) discovered the relationship between the benefits of meditation and creativity.

If you’re looking for a way to cultivate your creativity, you may want to apply meditation to this purpose. We already know how meditation has been scientifically shown to reduce stress and increase overall health and quality of life. But how effective is it in promoting creative endeavours?

Monitoring your thoughts

Lorenza Colzato’s research and experiments focused on two forms of meditation and the way they impact creativity in a variety of test subjects. These two types of meditation were “fixed attention” and “open monitoring” meditation.

“Fixed attention” meditation typically deals with the subject’s focus on one particular object or one particular action such as the breath. The second form of meditation, “Open monitoring,” refers to the person meditating being able to take note of their thoughts. In a nutshell, they can realize what thoughts make them happy or sad or any other feeling in their range of emotions.

This does not mean that you have to be constantly thinking about how every little thing makes you feel. It just means being more mindful of your interactions and reactions to the world around you.

What Colzato’s research determined was that open monitoring meditation was extremely effective in promoting what is known as divergent thinking. “Divergent thinking” is often very closely associated with creativity thus linking the meditation style with increased creativity overall.

Characteristics that influence creativity

The second study on this topic was carried out by University of Amsterdam faculty and psychological scientist Matthijs Baas. Baas hoped that his research would better define what characteristics of a person could influence creativity and whether they could be learned or taught. His study was comprised of four smaller studies that were seeking to explore four characteristics of people and how they related to creativity.

These four characteristics included observation skills, acting with awareness, and acceptance without judgement. Each one of these traits were isolated and then tested against the subject’s creativity. From this analysis, some interesting conclusions could be drawn.

Only one quality showed an overwhelming correlation with creativity. Matthijs and his team found that people with an acute sense of observation were also much more likely to have a powerful imagination and a high level of creative ability. The team of scientists surmised that the ability to notice specific details of an object allowed them to create things in their mind with equal or greater detail.

These two studies offer a great deal of practical application of their respective findings. In the case of Colzato’s experiments, we learned that open monitoring meditation can be practiced to bolster our creative juices. As we become more aware of the world around us, and the way certain interactions make us feel and respond, we will also see a boost in our creativity.

Observation can be learned

Although acute observation skills come much more naturally to some than others, it is something that can be learned. Some employers provide their employees with workshops aimed at increasing their observation skills.

Even if your employer doesn’t offer this kind of an opportunity, there are a plethora of online resources for you to utilize and increase your overall creativity. Whether you are a professional in a creative field or even just an artistic hobbyist, practicing mindfulness and a variety of other studied techniques are sure to set you on the right path.

No matter what kind of tricks you may have for avoiding writer’s block or other creative obstructions, there may come a time when you feel that you’ve lost your spark. But if you adopt the practices mentioned in this article, you may transcend these conceptual limitations.

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The Benefits of Using Technology to Aid Meditation

With its roots tracing back to prehistoric times and many different cultures, meditation has a long and rich history. However, over time, it has spread around the world to people of different cultures and spiritual followings. In 2017, this is still true, as meditation continues to increase in popularity.

One of the ways meditation has been able to grow in popularity is through technology. Both internet and smart tech have paved the way for meditation technology, which has opened the door for younger generations to embrace this practice in a way that is in line with their lifestyles.

However, the use of technology for meditation is new, and it is important to understand exactly how these tools work, how they impact us and whether or not they are helping us to meditate more effectively. Here are a few ways technology interacts with meditation to help better understand its role.

Technology Removes Distractions and Increases Focus            

There is a wide array of meditation technology currently being developed and already in use. However, the most popular technology among those who meditate is apps. Applications can be downloaded onto most smart devices, such as phones, tablets, laptops, computers and even TVs. Therefore, we can make use of meditation apps almost everywhere we go.

The purpose of these apps is to make meditation easier for us. Some offer tutorials and techniques, whereas others create an ambiance through music or binaural beats. Using apps that create sounds or give instructions helps us focus our attention and remove distractions from our consciousness in an effective manner.

This can be very helpful because it can be difficult to meditate in our busy environments, even if we’re at home. If kids are playing loudly in the room next to us, or they keep entering and exiting the room, it can alter our consciousness in a way that irritates or unbalances our mood. Even if there are no outer distractions, inner distractions, such as thoughts or physical sensations, may put you off your focus. Though sometimes all of these things can be used as anchors, some people meditate better when their attention is finely tuned to a single focus or point.

Popular apps such as Buddhify are proving to be useful in fighting against this. Buddhify is a meditation and mindfulness application which is built with versatility in mind. It molds itself around the user and his or her specifications. For example, you can tell the app what activity you’re doing, and it will cater a meditation session that is suitable for you and your current environment.

Other apps, such as Omvana, provide access to a variety of guided meditation sessions, audios, videos, methods and techniques for certain activities or goals, such as sleep, stress relief, relaxation and spiritual connectivity.

Technology Produces Faster Results

One of the most difficult parts of meditation is to try and get into a “meditative state.” If we simply sit down with the idea of emptying our minds and entering a blissful state, we may get there, but it could take some time before our thoughts give up and we transcend our experience and consciousness.

Technology helps us reach that level faster, much in the same way as meditation techniques such as Transcendental Meditation do. Technology in the form of binaural beats music and sound tables help us alter our state of consciousness in a way that makes it easier to access deep delta states.

There is a sense of “letting go” when meditating while listening to this type of low-frequency music; it makes you feel as though there’s something else at work helping you reach your desired state of consciousness. When you’re left to your own devices, there’s sometimes a small amount of pressure you put on yourself to have a meaningful session, which is, of course, the ego at work. However, using guided meditation, music or some other aid to help take away that pressure, you’ll be able to fully let go, relax and make the most out of the session.

Technology Improves Peace of Mind

Meditation technology removes the pressure and guesswork, which is helpful to newcomers who often wonder if they’re doing it “properly.” Removing this concern allows us to relax ourselves, calm our mind activity and heighten our awareness.

Also, it’s fair to say that newcomers allow distractions to get to them faster when meditating. Technology, such as guided meditations via YouTube and apps, will help the user focus and concentrate on allowing everything to be just as it is—as though you had a mentor or guru guiding you through the process. However, to access a wider variety of videos on YouTube, a proxy is needed, as some videos are restricted to certain countries.

Overall, we can see technology provides numerous benefits to those practicing meditation. It helps us to focus more by giving us tools to shut out distractions from both our inner and outer environment, and it also helps us set a solid routine of practice.

Perhaps one of the most beneficial attributes technology gives to meditation, though, is its effectiveness in helping us reach a meditative state more quickly. This is especially important for newcomers to meditation since it will help them experience the benefits of this practice in an effective way, encouraging them to return to it for more mental, physical and spiritual nutrition.

Meditation Boosts Positive Emotions

The Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard has been acclaimed to be the happiest man on earth. Do you know by whom? Well, some cognitive scientists of the Laboratory for Affective Neuroscience in Wisconsin made this affirmation after showing that Matthieu Ricard, a highly experimented meditator, has extraordinarily high levels of upbeat activity and almost invisible levels of negative emotions. Continue reading “Meditation Boosts Positive Emotions”

Meditation: the Ancient Medicine of the Future

Meditation retreat Mooktawan Thailand

It’s certainly not a coincidence that both the words ‘medicine’ and ‘meditation’ come from the same etymological root: the Greek prefix “med”, which alludes to a medium point in between two opposites or, in other words, to that subtle state of balance we hear so much about in health blogs and yoga lessons but rarely get the chance to truly interiorize.  In this brief post I’ll share my experience of meditation as the most effective, universal and low-cost medicine I have ever tried.
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