Change Your Life and Brain With Meditation
Suzanne from Falkland, Canada Asks:
Carmen, I have a damaged brain due to trauma and past lifestyle issues. As diligent as I can be with trying new things to change “behavioral ruts,” I only get so far before I stop. I know change is slow at times and the universe is on my side. Do you have any suggestions on how to feel “whole,” after trauma that has been a part of my life for forty years? Many thanks for considering my query.
I firmly believe that we can overcome past trauma and that past “wrong” choices can be corrected. So let me share what I actually know and what has been scientifically proven.
When neuroscientists studied the brains of Franciscan nuns and Tibetan monks, they found that the part of the brain that controls our time, space and depth perception, usually the most active part of our brain, would go completely blue and green for those in a very deep meditative state. In other words, these people really do become part of the universe. Furthermore, they also found that consistent meditative practice not only actively changes the brain’s chemistry and rewires the neurological pathways, but meditation—get ready for this one—changes your genes! The studies I have read and followed for a few years now, are so compelling and conclusive that I have decided to get on boat and start regular meditation again. Meditation gets rid of anxiety, stress and depression and actively creates peace. Monks are living a more peaceful life, because their brains are actually truly more peaceful!
The only thing with meditation, just like anything else in life, is that it requires practice and dedication. The good news is that they have noticed changes in brain chemistry for people who have meditated a mere eight weeks. So the longer you do it, the better the results.
“Meditation is key to a stress-free balanced spiritual life. Think of meditation like food. We have to have food to give us physical energy. We need meditation to give us spiritual energy.” – Lacy ext. 5494
Go and find a yoga studio or something of the like, or look for meditation places online in your area. There are plenty of places which won’t even necessarily charge for meditation classes. By the way, they found the same is true for prayer! Franciscan nuns use prayer instead of meditation, and yet they go into the same peaceful state the Buddhist monks did when they monitored their brain activity.
I really feel that it doesn’t matter what we may have endured and what choices we may have made in the past. We can always change our course. Each day, the universe is giving us new possibilities and a new, clean canvas to create upon again. Our reality truly is what we make it. I know it’s difficult to get out of a rut, trust me; I haven’t meditated in ten years, because I’ve had all kinds of stories and excuses as to why I can’t or won’t do it. Hence, I will give you one simple change of thought. Instead of “I should be meditating,” try to simply say, “I COULD be meditating.” Start the process and you’ll find that you can overcome anything. The good news is, it takes a mere two weeks to form a habit, and only ten minutes of meditation a day makes a difference! Good luck, my dear friend, and don’t get encouraged. It’s always a good time to start anew.
“There are so many ways to connect to sacred space, meditation is just one of them. I like to light incense and put on music, then turn out the lights and sit and just listen. Sometimes I just go out into the woods with a thermos of tea, or drive at night in the desert with no music and all the windows open. Anything that allows you to be in direct contact with the divine source will bring you back to center.” – Yemaya ext. 5143
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