Over the past few years, scientific studies have proven the meditation techniques are an effective way of curing depression and helping people to find happiness in life.
Understanding how meditation cures depression is fairly straight forward.
How Meditation Helps Cure Depression and Develop Happiness
Negative thought depression occurs when our mind is full of negative and depressing thoughts. At these times we find it impossible to live in the moment, to be present-minded, because our mind is full of negative thoughts.
Like a cup, if the mind is full, nothing more can be put in it. No new information can enter a full mind. And just as the body needs water, the mind needs new information and present-mindedness if it is to be healthy.
When we meditate we silence our thoughts and meditate on the present moment. This empties our mind of negative thoughts and allows new information to enter, developing the healthy state of present-mindedness.
It is easy to begin to learn meditation. Our sister site TheDailyMeditation.com offers a complete guide to meditation called Mindfulness and Meditation Techniques for Beginners. But allow me to give a quick example of a very simple beginners meditation technique.
An Example Meditation Technique that Helps Cure Depression and Develop Happiness
Try this simple meditation technique for five minutes now in order to learn it. And remember to bookmark this page for future reference (CTRL + D)
- Find somewhere quiet and peaceful where you will not be disturbed. Sit with good posture.
- Close your eyes and focus your mind on your breathing.
- With each inhalation, imagine bringing new energy into your body.
- With each exhalation imagine breathing out any negative and depressive thoughts.
- Continue for twenty minutes
This is just one example of the many meditation techniques. For a complete guide to meditation be sure to read Mindfulness and Meditation Techniques for Beginners.
This meditation technique will relax your mind, develop present-mindedness and help you to find happiness. On the next page I’ll share a new, alternative and very powerful meditation technique for depression.
Brain Training software is all the rage these days with millions being made through sites like Lumosity and through various brain training apps.
It seems natural these days for us to need an app or a piece of software to do anything. Heck, what isn’t there an app for?
Aside from being a good way for companies to make money, though, is there really that much benefit to be had from brain training games and brain training apps?
Read our article on whether brain training works then return to this page for a better solution.
Have you read that page? It’s really important to understand the science behind brain training, which I why I want you to read the page above.
Okay, so now we know the truth, right? We know what brain training software can and cant do.
Thankfully, you don’t need brain training software, games and apps in order to train your brain. All you need is. . . well, a brain, and a couple of exercises; one exercise in particular, actually.
That exercise is meditation.
The benefits of meditation—unlike brain training software—have actually been proven scientifically many many times over.
Some of the benefits of meditation for brain training
And not to mention the fact that it helps to cure many illnesses.
Oh, and then there’s the fact that meditation is 100% free and can be done anywhere.
How to use Meditation for Brain Training
Okay, so the iphone has been put down. The games are away. It’s just you and your brain now. So, how do we do meditation for brain training?
I’m going to recommend that you read two articles. They aren’t directly about brain training—they actually discuss meditation for weight loss and meditation for depression. However, with these two articles you can very quickly understand how meditation for brain training works. So, here are the articles. . .
You have to be pretty sceptical about whether brain training works, don’t you. I mean let’s be completely honest here, some brain training games are so simple that they involve clicking on which piece of text is red.
Now, if you want to get really really good at knowing what’s red and what’s green then yeah, brain training games might be flipping awesome. But really who wants that? Do brain training games truly train your breain in anything meaningful and quantifiable?
I spent Thursday training my brain with Lumosity. I was shooting down birds. Then on Friday I was finding words that began with TO.
I’ve been trying these brain training games for about a month, mostly from a research point of view, trying to work out whether brain training games actually work. I’ve done memory testing games, reasoning games, spatial awareness and tons more. According to Lumosity, the place that made these games, spending a few minutes playing makes you “Smarter and brighter”(somehow while real video games make you less intelligent. . . really, are they that different? I think not.).
The idea is that playing games boosts your IQ. Tons of people buy into this idea and thanks to the commerciality of the prospect, major video game developers like Nintendo are doing similar things.
Lumosity has grown 150% year on year since 2005. It has over 35 million players. In January the Lumosity app made $25 million.
Lumosity was cofounded by Michael Scanlon, who left his PHd in Neuroscience at Stanford University. According to Lumosity’s head of communications, Erica Perng “The games are founded on the principles of neuroplasticity, the fact that the brain can reorganise itself to complete certain challenges.” Sounds great, that, reorganising your brain to be good at spotting which words are red.
Brain training games aren’t just used online, either. In the US they are used in schools and there’s some evidence that suggests that brain training games can help lower the chances of developing early onset dementia.
So, do brain training games really work?
So, are these brain training games really scientifically validated? Or is it just ultra-commercial money-gobbling rhetoric? In 2008 Susanne Jaeggi’s study showed that memory training could indeed raise an individual’s IQ. But then a group of psychologists at Georgia Tech performed a similar study which concluded the opposite. Then there’s Dr Adrian Owen’s 2010 study which showed that games involving reasoning and memory planning improved an individual’s ability to complete these specific tasks but had little affect on anything else. We get better at the games themselves but not at anything else.This explains why the end test results of sites like Lumosity is so positive: the gamers do get better at playing the games (which is what the test is on) but not better at anything else.
So, what are we left with? The scientific evidence suggests that a) people reorganise their brains to get better at specific challenges; b) the challenges we’re getting better at are challenges like spotting which words is red, c) end tests results on sites like Lumosity mean very little and d) people really want to take control of their brains.
Huh. If only there were some scientifically proven ways to train your brain. Oh wait, we just do this complete free thing that actually works.
These slideshows reveals the importance of spirituality.
This is a transcript of the presentation above
Why is spirituality important and what specifically is the importance of spirituality. We’ll answer those questions in just a moment, but first, let’s demystify spirituality a little.
These days, the word “spiritual” is too easily confused with the word “religion.” In many ways, religion has adversely affected the approachability of spirituality. I’m not about to bash religion—either you’re religious or you’re not and frankly it makes little difference to this article and should also make little difference to your view of spirituality. For the reality of the fact is that religion and spirituality are completely different things. Some people, when asking “Why is spirituality important / what is the importance of spirituality” make the mistake of lumping it in with religion, but they are not the same.
Religion is communal and implies adherence to an external structure of morality and belief system. Spirituality is personal. Spirituality can take any form. It is freedom of belief. It is, in many ways, the opposite of religion, for where religion implies strict adherence to the rules of an external governing system, spirituality implies nothing more than believing in something and living by and for some set of principles. Much more important to this article, however, is the fact that, unlike religion, the positive benefits of spirituality are undeniable.
HEALTH — Why is Spirituality Important? — The Importance of Spirituality
Spirituality. . .
- is a stress reliever
- Spirituality improves health
- Spirituality results in less fear of death.
- Spirituality gives meaning and purpose to everyday life.
- Spirituality helps an individual see the beauty in life and hence to be happier.
- Spirituality helps with forgiveness
- Spirituality helps to create positive senses like awe, love and trust
- Spirituality helps prevent depression and for those suffering can be immensely helpful in helping cope with depression.
- Spirituality has anti-aging properties
- Spiritual people are known to live healthier lives, be it by using addictive substances less, by doing more exercises or by eating healthier.
So, there’s a lot of reasons why spirituality is important and a lot of different aspect of the importance of spirituality.
Spirituality is incredibly beneficial to your health as well as to your happiness and positivity. You can find out more about the benefits of spirituality here.
One of the main differences between successful people and unsuccessful people is the way they manage their subconscious brain.
Successful people know how to use subconscious brain training techniques to bring their dreams into being.
The subconscious mind has been proven to constitute around 90% of your brain power. That’s 90% of your brain that can be used either to make you a success or a failure.
As a meditation teacher I have witnessed the power of the subconscious mind in action many times on many different people. Two of these people have particularly amazing stories.
Tom, one of my meditation students, was a 27 year old man who lived a secluded life, spending around 50% of his time on Facebook and Twitter. Tom suffered from depression and felt extremely lonely (many people who overuse Facebook and Twitter report both feeling depressed and lonely).
When I was training Tom to meditate I had two intentions in mind: 1) To give Tom control of his subconscious mind and 2) To improve Tom’s social life, something he wanted to do very badly.
Tom was taught the first two subconscious brain training techniques that I would like to share in this post.
Subconscious Brain Training Technique 1: Visualisation
We all visualise. Whether or not we intentionally use visualisation techniques or not is irrelevant. We all visualise things in our mind and these visualisations greatly effect the subconscious brain.
With Tom I wanted to know what he was already visualising. I led Tom through a mindfulness meditation and asked him to let me know what was going on in his mind as pertained to his social life.
Within five minutes it was very clear what was going on in Tom’s mind: he saw Facebook and Twitter as the basic foundation of his social life. When he thought of talking to people, he saw himself chatting on Facebook and Twitter.
The point here is that Tom wasn’t talking to people he was in actual fact talking to Facebook and Twitter.
This might seem like a minor point, the fact that he was talking via Facebook and Twitter rather than directly to people. To his subconscious mind, however, it was very important.
The subconscious mind is a bit of a lawyer. What I mean by that is that the subconscious brain is picky. If you’re constantly seeing yourself communicating via Facebook or Twitter, that is the reality your subconscious mind will create. You wont be meeting people in person because you’re telling your brain to use Facebook and Twitter.
The solution to this is painfully obvious: Tom needed to visualise himself talking directly to people. I got Tom to do a visualisation meditation for 20 minutes a day, imagining he was talking directly to people.
Tom’s next meditation training session was a week later. I was not surprised when he told me he had already begun getting out and talking to people. The subconscious brain is that powerful: use it correctly it will change your life.
This wasn’t the end of Tom’s story, however. He still wasn’t truly in complete control of his mind. He still suffered from depression—a much bigger complication.
We reveal the best natural remedies for anxiety and herbs for anxiety, showing way natural remedies are as effective as anxiety medication.
Natural Remedies for Anxiety and Herbs for Anxiety
The modern world is a world of anxiety. In America alone, 40 million adults suffer the symptoms of severe anxiety disorder every year (according to the National Institute of Mental Health). Even those who don’t suffer severe anxiety do well to avoid anxiety completely.
Of course, pharmaceutical companies bank billions on making people believe that prescription medication is the one and only cure for severe anxiety. Recent systematic review of studies, completed by the GNIF (Global Neuroscience Initiative Foundation) have shown that natural remedies for anxiety and herbs for anxiety offer effective treatment without serious side effects.
The following have been found to be the best natural remedies for anxiety and herbs for anxiety (when dealing with occasional and less extreme cases).
The Best Natural Remedies for Anxiety and Herbs for Anxiety
B Complex: B Complex is one of the best natural remedies for anxiety. According to the Global Neuroscience Initiative Foundation, B Complex is essential for “stress management, neurotransmitter balance and energy production”. The best supplement for anxiety are B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B7, B9 and B12. It’s best to find a B Coimplex that includes all 8 of these essential vitamins.
Gamma-Aminobutyric Acid (GABA) :GABA is known to produce a calming effect on the brain that is similar to the effect of Xanax and Valium. GABA is an amino acid and neurotransmitter that helps to relieve anxiety by preventing neurons firing that create stress and anxiety. GABA is produced naturally but can also be found in supplement form. It is advised to take 500 milligrams of GABA each day.
This slideshow reveals subconscious mind power techniques that train your brain.
This is a transcript of the presentation above
ON this page of our life coaching course / positive psychology course we reveal subconscious mind power techniques that help you to train your brain.
This exercise is the second part of our article on subconscious mind power techniques and will show how to train your brain through simple subconscious mind power techniques. In this exercise we shall use an example goal of starting to go to the gym again after a long period of absence.
Subconscious Mind Power Techniques: How To Train Your Brain Part 1 : Realisation.
As we mentioned previously, the subconscious mind is something of a lawyer when it comes to facts. For this reason it is very important to state our objective correctly. Normally, in this scenario, we might think something like, ‘I have to go to the gym, but it’s going to hurt.’ This sentence is what we may consider realistic – our muscles may well hurt as we exercise – and should we say this to ourselves it almost certainly will become a reality because we will get what we asked for.
A better way to express our aim would be, ‘I am having fun at the gym and am pleased I am still fit.’ To some, this statement might seem unrealistic – fun… at the gym…? – but if we can just bring ourselves to say it, we will start our subconscious down the route of associating the gym with fun, not only making us want to go, but making the experience itself more enjoyable. This is the first step: state your objective in a positive way.
This point about simplicity and clarity of objective is very important. As any masters in positive psychology or life coaching teachers will tell you, the more simply you can express what you want, the more likely you are to get it.
ARTICLE CONTINUES. . .
Want to know how to become rich fast?! And you want it easy?! And you want money to just fall into your lap… right? Well, I’ve got bad news and I’ve got good news about that. More than anything, however, I’ve got the truth about you and the truth about money and the one key to making your life a life of wealth.
If you want to know how to become rich fast, there’s some facts you have to face.
Now, before we go on, I want to make one simple request. Read this to the end with an open mind.
You will not like some parts of this article. I don’t like some parts of this article. However, the information in this article is the truth, the real truth, the truth that you are unlikely to find in many other places.
In order to illustrate this truth, I’ll be letting you know some secrets about myself and my own relationship to money in order that you can see the truth of your own relationship to money and how to change it.
If you want to know how to become rich fast you first need to learn to stop preventing yourself from getting money.
Why do you want to know how to become rich fast?
You want to know how to become rich fast, but for what ? You’re probably thinking life will be great once you are rich, and you are half right. If you knew how to become rich you’d be able to live easily, or travel all the time or buy jewellery or… well, whatever it is you want from money. But it most likely isn’t just money in itself that you want. You want money for a specific reason, and in order to get money, you need to know precisely what that reason is.
There is SOMETHING you want from money, but it is not money itself (unless you really just want to hold it, put it on the table and never move it or use it in any way)