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Meditation for a Healthy Mind
What is meditation
What are the benefits of regular meditation
Introduction to Heartfulness Meditation
Practical demonstration - Guided Relaxation and Meditation Workshop
Heartfulness Meditation Programs are developed by the Heartfulness Institute.
Self-development and leadership skills programs for:
Universities and colleges,businesses and corporations
Partnership with United Nations Department of Public Information worldwide
Practiced in 120+ countries, million plus practitioners and 6000 trainers
Volunteer driven - services are offered
of cost across the globe
Companies Benefiting from Meditation Programs
Health Benefits Based on Research
Stress, Anxiety and Depression ↓Insomnia ↓Blood pressure ↓Inflammatory markers ↓
Mental health and quality of life ↑
Mood and self-esteem ↑
Emotional wellness ↑
Increased telomerase activity and telomere length ↑
Brain and Alzheimer’s Disease (AD)
Increased brain folds in long term practitioners
Participation in 8-week meditation program led to measurable changes in brain regions associated with memory, sense of self, empathy, and stress
At age fifty, brains of long term meditators (~20 years) were estimated to be 7.5 years younger than those of control group
8-week study improved retrospective memory in caregivers and AD patients
KK showed greater gains in perceived stress, mood, psychological well-being in older patients with subjective cognitive decline
What is Meditation
Meditation is the process of thinking of one thing with complete focus and observing without attachment
It regulates and refines the mind
Allows access to deeper levels of being
Why Meditate on the Heart
Heart is the pumping station for blood
Heart is the seat of the soul and the source of love, inspiration and insights
Heart is the most powerful signal generator in the body
Heart has its own neural network or brain
The Heart produces hormones
Heartfulness Meditation Practice
Source of Light
Thoughts are OK
Ongoing support from Trainers
Conscious Living - A Holistic Approach to Life
AWARE AND ALERT
RESPOND VS REACT
How do I nourish?
Balanced Diet, Good Education, Correct Thoughts…
Dr. Emoto’s Study
“The Messages from Water,” provides evidence that human vibrational energy, thoughts, words, ideas and music affect the molecular structure of the water crystal.
Mind over Milkshake Study
Mind over Milkshake Study
Study participants consumed a 380-calorie milkshake under the pretense that it was either a 620-calorie “indulgent” shake or a 140-calorie “sensible” shake.
Measured the hunger hormone Ghrelin in blood samples at 3 time points: baseline (20 min), anticipatory (60 min), and post consumption (90 min).
The mindset of indulgence produced a dramatically steeper decline in ghrelin after consuming the shake, whereas the mindset of sensibility produced a relatively flat ghrelin response.
Mind over Milkshake Study (cont.)
Satiety was consistent with what participants believed they were consuming rather than the actual nutritional value of what they consumed. Mindset meaningfully affects physiological responses to food
Heartfulness Integral Approach
Unwind and Contemplate:The Different Techniques of Heartfulness
Thoughts and activities create impressions in the heart
Leading to complexities and impurities
Removing Complexities and Impurities leads to lightness in the heart
End the day with introspection and contemplation
Heartfulness Meditation Technique
Sit in a comfortable position with a thought (suggestion) that the source of light already present in the heart is illuminating it from within and drawing you in.
If thoughts arise and the attention wanders , gently bring it back to the thought of the light in the heart
Don’t try to visualize the light
Avoid forcing the mind. It is a gentle and natural process.
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