How I did it: I’ve done some research on meditation and its benefits (listed below) and that was a good reason for me to start and practice daily meditation. There some other benefits I am hoping to achieve but at this time these are good enough for me. And if I experience something else (which I already have) I prefer to know as little as possible about it to ensure genuine experience.
♦ Meditation is a straightforward practice designed to cultivate awareness of the present moment.
♦ One of meditation’s great gifts results in re-balancing the two hemispheres of our brain, each of which has distinctly different functions. Our left brain hemisphere holds the seat of discursive thinking, planning, organizing, judging and analysing. This busy (masculine) active state is called ‘beta’ and in it our electromagnetic brain waves fire at 14 to 30 cps. – cycles per second. Our right brain hemisphere (feminine) is more intuitive, reflective, creative and is concerned with being rather than doing. These ‘alpha’ brain wave patterns fire more slowly – between 7 and 14 cps. In this state we are mentally receptive to the present moment rather than the past and future modes of beta. In alpha we also experience a non-judgemental frame of mind.
It has been tested and proven that when meditators reach an alpha, theta or delta state the two brain hemispheres adopt a single, coherent electromagnetic wave firing pattern. This indicates that both sides of the brain are working together in a balanced and synchronous manner. Whole brain functioning also produces neuro-chemicals called endorphins. These create feelings of well being, produce anti-ageing hormones and cause free radicals to move through the body seeking out and destroying harmful disease and cancer producing cells. By experiencing regular short periods of whole brain functioning, meditators will notice improved memory and concentration, stronger intuition, enhanced creativity and inner peace.
Lessons & tips: Do your research and find your reasons.
Don't look at the destination, enjoy the journey.
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