Meditation and the Power of Brain Plasticity

Meditation and the Power of Brain Plasticity

The human brain is extremely dynamic by nature — seemingly built to be resilient and adaptable. As we unravel many more of the mysteries associated with this complex neural netowork, a growing body of research has indicated that the brain can be influenced in a way that can alter its performance in almost miraculous ways. The repetitive influence of certain thoughts and behaviors, for instance, has been found to change the actual structure of the brain and the cognitive function of the individual experiencing them. This phenomenon, now widely known as neuroplasticity, is a revolutionary discovery that is changing our … Read More


The Positive Influence of Mindfulness for Mental Health

Today mental illness is affecting more people than ever before. It can strike anyone, anytime, and the outcome can be devastating. This is why getting educated and taking the proper action to prevent or reduce your risk is essential. If you or someone you care about is struggling with such an issue, finding out everything you can is the best way to reach the perfect treatment plan. And because alternative therapies have become more and more appreciated, it’s time we found out together about the holistic mindfulness-based approach. The Effects of Mental Illness Mental illness comes in many shapes and forms. On the … Read More


What Is The Mind-Body Connection?

The terms ‘mind-body connection’ and ‘mind-body medicine’ are commonly used in the context that our thoughts influence the functioning of our body. When it comes to yoga, this notion carries a lot of weight but is considered only a small fraction of what the mind-body connection actually entails. How Mind Affects your Body Yoga teachers describe this mind-body connection as something abstract;  this is a connection that we forge with our yoga practice but in reality, this mind-body link is present all the time whether we are aware of it or not. One of the most common examples of the … Read More


The Benefits of Integrative Body-Mind Training

In meditation, the goal is to restore mental efficiency by bringing the mind into a state of tranquility. A more recent approach called Integrative Body-Mind Training (IBMT) is based on the theory that calming the mind begins with calming the body. As a holistic meditation technique, IBMT aims to acquire the benefits associated with meditation in a very short period of time. Integrative Body-Mind Awareness IBMT is a modern form of meditation based on traditional Chinese medicine, Taoism, and Confucianism (the philosophical teachings of Chinese philosopher Confucius). This method was developed and studied by Dr. Yi-Yuan Tang — a professor at the … Read More


How to Use Daydreaming to Your Advantage?

According to various studies, the average person will daydream 47% of the time, every single day. Whether you’re at work or at rest, your brain will always find time to explore and zone out. And while daydreaming gets a bad rap, an ever-growing body of work suggests that not all mind wandering is a waste of time. Spacing out at work or school, for example, is seen as the ultimate display of laziness, incompetence, and lack of focus. It turns out that this notion could be wrong in more ways than one; your moments of distraction could actually be instances of … Read More


The Illuminating Benefits of Gamma Brainwaves

Beneath the surface of your thoughts and feelings, there are billions of neurons in constant communication with each other. By sending and receiving signals of electromagnetic impulse, brainwave patterns can describe the resulting frequencies of this activity. As you move through each day, and even while you are asleep, your brain is operating at different frequency levels. For example, when you are alert and fully awake you are in the Beta brainwave state — associated with normal waking consciousness. The Delta frequency is experienced when you are in very deep, dreamless sleep. Everywhere in between is where you experience other states such as Theta — associated with deep meditation, visualization, and intuition … Read More


The Alpha State of Mind

At the root of your thoughts, emotions and behaviors is the communication between billions of neurons. Through a shared network of nerves in the brain, these neurons send and receive signals of electromagnetic impulse. The result of this immense activity can be registered and tracked as a “brain wave pattern.”   In 1924, a German physiologist and psychiatrist named Hans Berger recorded the first human brain wave pattern using sensitive equipment referred to as EEG (electroencephalographic). History and Evolution of Electroencephalogram Instruments and Techniques (Journal of Clinical Neurophysiology) Brain wave states are divided into five different categories based on frequency. The state of our waves changes throughout the day … Read More


The Ancient Art of ‘No Mind’ and the Benefits of Modern Practice

When the Olympic athlete is approaching the final moments of her performance and ready to grasp that glorious medal, she is unaware of the screaming crowd. She is not thinking about the dispute she had with her colleague last week. She is not pondering over that e-mail that she has not yet responded to, nor is she attempting to conclude how winning this event could impact her career. The connection between her mind and body is very subtle. Any distraction; any uncertain thought; any emotionally stimulated reaction could cause the communication between her mental and physical to be disrupted. When her … Read More


How to Practice Detached Mindfulness?

As one of the foundations of meditation, mindfulness brings you into a focused mental state where the details of your moment and the activity of your mind can be observed without the need to draw conclusions. In meditation, you are able to release attachment and cleanse your mind into a higher level of performance. In cognitive theory, this process of conscious release can also be referred to as detached mindfulness.  Detached mindfulness is intended to isolate your mind from unnecessary mental processing and thoughts that tend to restrict the quality of your moment. Being able to detach means letting go of preconceived ideas to create space … Read More


The Brainwave Frequencies Behind Your Mood

The human brain is a constant process of billions of neurons sending and receiving signals of electrical impulse. This complex interaction is what drives your experience of life, right down to your mood, thoughts, and senses. A brainwave is how we can describe the various states of this electrical activity — known as a brainwave pattern. Depending on what you may be doing or experiencing, your brainwaves will vary. For example, these waves are different when you are awake compared to when you are sleeping. To measure brainwave activity, sensitive equipment called an EEG is used. Hz is the abbreviation for hertz. This is the … Read More