Why Not Try MEDITATION For A Bigger Better Brain!

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Meditation (Photo credit: Moyan_Brenn)

More Meditation will give you the power move mountains mentally. Do you want a super charged brain? A more powerful brain? A brain operating at higher levels?  Meditation will do that for you. Trust me. The scientist have found evidence to show this..  It will give you into a more positive, happier, enjoyable life.
How  will it do that?  Well,when you start meditating, the actual grey matter in a part of you brain called the hippocampus will grow thicker and bigger. As a result of this:
1) Your can deal with stress and its dreadful effects with greater ease.
2) Your ability to do creative thinking will grow.
3) You will learn new stuff more easily
4) Your memory will be stronger.

Experts on brain scanning at Massachusetts, U.S.A General Hospital say:

“You can actually change the brain and this will add increased power to your thinking, your well being and your quality of life.”
 How can YOU get these gifts?
From meditating every day!
I have always known this. But it’s good to see the scientists PROVING that what I’ve  taught to people for 35 years (i.e meditating is the most beneficial, powerful and life changing thing you can possibly do.
Why not try it? You may end up running the country.
And probablydo a better job than the mugs doing it now. LOL

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Love, Peace and Happiness, Tommy.

Get Happiness? Stop Daydreaming! Part 3

More Happiness Facts!

Shortly after finishing  writing Get Happiness? Stop Daydreaming! Part 2 (and Part 1), I came across this excellent article (Find links to these in Related Articles section below). This article gives a more realistic view of how long it takes to get really amazing results using Meditation to add to your enjoyment of life, your  Happiness and your health, both mental and physical.
Here are some interesting excerpts in italics and my comments.

Yi-Yuan Tang said that meditation helps the brain stay organized.

Yi-Yuan Tang said that meditation helps the brain stay organized.

What does it take to become a better thinker? Do you need to meditate for hours and engage in gruelling cognitive training? Or could the path to a healthy mind be as simple as walking 40 minutes a day? At a symposium on training, performance, and neuroplasticity at the 24th APS Annual Convention in Chicago, three researchers presented their own methods for improving cognition and for tightening the neural circuits that underlie an efficient mind.

APS Fellow and symposium chair Yi-Yuan Tang, from Texas Tech University, began by discussing his work on integrative body-mind training (IBMT), a meditation technique that he and his colleagues have adapted from traditional Chinese medicine. IBMT combines physical and mental relaxation techniques, “because you really need to train the body to train the mind,” Tang explained. Using detailed fMRI analysis, Tang has been able to pinpoint the neural changes that underlie meditation-induced improvements in mood and cognitive performance.

Me: The Body-Mind connection is at the core of the Taoist and Zen (both words mean Meditation) principles that I use and teach. Tang has used brain scanning to prove this to be true and to show that meditation increases Happiness.

Many studies on the effects of meditation examine lifelong meditators who have thousands of hours of practice under their belts, but Tang found positive effects in students who performed IBMT for less than a week.

Me:- This is what I was seeing on my classes 40 years ago. I wrote this in Get Happiness? Stop Daydreaming! Part 2.

After 20 minutes of meditation a day for five days, the students demonstrated improvements in their conflict-resolution abilities and creative problem solving skills, as well as decreased blood levels of the stress hormone cortisol.

Me:- Which means a reduction in stress.

Tang found that patients who had been practicing IBMT longer (two to four weeks) had increased blood flow to the anterior cingulate cortex and insular striatum, two brain regions associated with self-regulation. Additionally, these brain areas had increased white-to-gray matter ratios, suggesting that the detectable changes associated with meditation might be mediated by increased networking in these areas.

Me:- The researchers I mentioned in parts 1  and 2 were talking about people with thousands of hours of Meditation training/study. At a normal level of 30 minutes a day these researchers were talking about training for about twelve years while waiting for a good result.
The researchers proved lots of good results but were completely adrift in this area. The people whom this research is supposed to help are not looking to learn the Buddhist, Hindu or Sikh religion. They are mostly unhappy, depressed or dysfunctional and are looking for tools of change that work and do not carry lots of baggage. Baggage they do not need or want. This surplus baggage is why they are talking about thousands of hours of training. Not the 2 to 4 weeks of 30 minutes a day that Tang and I are talking about.
Thousands of hours! What an unbelievable waste of time if you are desperate for quick but real results.
Don’t get me wrong. Religion will give some people some help and happiness. But the right type of clean, pure meditation will completely change most people. If you are looking for Happiness that you can use to move your life forward and the strong, agile and flexible mind that will allow you to grow and use that Happiness then you must choose carefully. If you are looking for therapeutic tools of change choose a Meditation that is not a part of a religion.
Why not Join The Happy People? It’s FREE and you can use the nearly 300 blog posts that will help you make the changes that you want in your life. Even if you never join The Happy People, you can read the blog LOL. We are here to make friends not money.

Me:- There is a vast amount of information in the article, including:

……..changes in brain structure ……….Participants’ brains, in effect, were becoming more organized through meditation.

APS Fellow Randall W. Engle, from the Georgia Institute of Technology, focused on a different method for mental improvement. He developed a cognitive training strategy designed to enhance working memory capacity.

Me:- The more powerful your brain, the better you can use it for Meditation and building Happiness.

Using arduous memory tests (and generous financial compensation),……..Of course, training can have impressive returns, especially when participants are paid for performing better.
……APS Fellow Kramer’s research suggests a physical workout could improve memory. In adults aged 59 to 80, Kramer found that walking 40 minutes a day, three times a week, helped to reverse the effects of age on brain circuits involved in attention and decision making.

Art Kramer found that walking could help reverse the effects of aging.

Art Kramer found that walking could help reverse the effects of aging.
However, the deterioration of these networks might be reversible through exercise. Kramer asked two groups of self-identified “couch potatoes” to spend a year either walking or stretching three times a week and used fMRI to monitor the strength of brain networks at the beginning of the study, after six months, and after a year. The results were promising. The walking group improved their performance on cognitive tasks and increased the strength of certain brain networks, even to the point in which their brains resembled the brains of much younger people. Kramer also observed increases in hippocampus volume, measures of neural organization, and brain-derived neurotrophic factor in the walking group.

Me:- Great stuff!

The finding that exercise helps cognition is not new, but Kramer’s attention to the strengthening of networks suggests that the effects of exercise might be based in the same decision-making networks that allow us to play video games.

What can we learn from these disparate lines of research? Taken together, they suggest that cognitive training alone isn’t the secret to improving cognitive function. Instead, strengthening the connections between body and mind through meditation and walking may be the key to a better brain.

Me:- Why take chances? Do as I do! Do cognitive exercise ( Crosswords, Sudoku, etc. ), exercise and meditate. And of course, lots of Happiness training!

What Matters in Training?

“Everyone gets training,” says APS Fellow Eduardo Salas, a psychological scientist from the University of Central Florida. “But what matters? What works? What influences learning and skill acquisition?”

Me:- Or what training works and gives improved results? The answer is generative training. Training where the skills you get enable you to train even better. And that better training gives you even better results. You are involved in an upward spiral of more and more improvement (This is an advanced level of NLP). This plan is not infinite. You can’t keep it up for ever. Or can you?
Myself and The Happy People are determined to try! LOL!
Why don’t YOU join us? It’s FREE. You have nothing to lose except an UNHAPPY life style. Believe me, you will have A LOT OF FUN!
PLEASE share this article with everybody that you know. Help to make the world a HAPPIER place.
Love, Peace and Happiness,
Tommy

Here is the link to this great article in full. Make sure that you read all of it:

Boosting Brain Power Through a Mind-Body Connection – Association for Psychological Science.

Get Happiness? Stop Daydreaming!

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English: Robert Dilts (born 1955) has been a developer, author, trainer and consultant in the field of Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) since its creation in 1975 by John Grinder and Richard Bandler. Français : Robert Dilts (né en 1955) est développeur, auteur, formateur et consultant en Programmation Neuro-Linguistique (PNL) depuis sa création en 1975 par John Grinder et Richard Bandler. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Meditation in Madison Square Park, Manhattan, New York City (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

What’s Stopping You?
Everybody wants to be Happy. Here is an excellent article about Happiness. It points out things that cause unhappy thoughts and feelings. It  covers the causes but it doesn’t tell you how to put things right. On this blog The Happy People work on how to prevent unhappiness and how to build Happiness in your life. To do this we use use Behaviour Modification, the latest Neuroscience research and Neuro Linguistic Programming. That is a bit of a mouthful, isn’t it? But don’t be put off. We also use Meditation.
Meditation is one of the simplest and easiest and most powerful tools you can use to get rid of unhappy feelings and replace them with Happiness.
Who Leads The Happy People?
I have been Meditating for more than 40 years. I officially registered Liverpool’s first Meditation Church 30 years ago, so I know how Meditation can lead you to a happier life. I am also a Master Practitioner in Neuro Linguistic Programming.
So What Is Stopping Me Being Happy?
I have put some excerpts from the article below in italics. Make sure that you read the full article. There is a link to it at the bottom of the article.
One of the problems of building up a Happy lifestyle is that you (and everybody else) has great difficulty in focussing on what you want and staying focussed. Meditation is perfect for this and the other tools I mentioned above work with it perfectly.
This article was written by two top men men from Harvard University in America. The research done was wide and well conducted.

People spend 46.9 percent of their waking hours thinking about something other than what they’re doing, and this mind-wandering typically makes them unhappy………..
“A human mind is a wandering mind, and a wandering mind is an unhappy mind,” Killingsworth and Gilbert write.
Unlike other animals, humans spend a lot of time thinking about what isn’t going on around them: contemplating events that happened in the past, might happen in the future, or may never happen at all. Indeed, mind-wandering appears to be the human brain’s default mode of operation.

Me: As I said above, one of the methods that the Happy People use to build Happiness is Meditation. We have other ways that do not use Meditation but Meditation is so easy to learn and do. The type we do is non religious. It empties your mind and allows it to stop thinking and, as this research shows, thinking can make you unhappy. Our meditation teaches you how to focus on what you are doing which brings you a positive feeling and after a Meditation session you are left with a positive, happy feeling. (As well as Meditation we also learn the psychology of Happiness and the physical behaviours that also lead to it.)
Here are more points that are mentioned in the article.

respondents reported that their minds were wandering 46.9 percent of time, and no less than 30 percent of the time during every activity except making love.

Me: Stop thinking negative thoughts, make love instead. LOL

Killingsworth and Gilbert, a professor of psychology at Harvard, found that people were happiest when making love, exercising, or engaging in conversation. They were least happy when resting, working, or using a home computer.

Me; So there you have it. The perfect life plan. Start NOW! Go to the gym. Make love. Chat to people.
Don’t lie in bed (thinking?), don’t work and don’t use home computers (?????YIKES!) LOL

whereas a person’s mind-wandering status accounted for about 10.8 percent of his or her happiness………….

“Many philosophical and religious traditions teach that happiness is to be found by living in the moment, and practitioners are trained to resist mind wandering and to ‘be here now,’” Killingsworth and Gilbert note in Science. “These traditions suggest that a wandering mind is an unhappy mind.” 

Me: Please note that The Happy People are not a philosophical or religious group. The Meditation goes above that to a higher level.

Killingsworth and Gilbert’s 2,250 subjects in this study ranged in age from 18 to 88, representing a wide range of socioeconomic backgrounds and occupations. Seventy-four percent of study participants were American.

So why not join The Happy People, it is FREE and will lead to more Happiness in your life. As soon as you start you will see the improvements that you want in your life!
My next blog will also cover this area of how YOU stop Happiness happening in Your life and how to defeat this negative part of your behaviour.

Love, Peace and Happiness,
Tommy

Here is the link:-

via Wandering mind not a happy mind | Harvard Gazette.

Eight Lessons In Happiness!

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To All Who Are Interested In Happiness And All The HAPPY PEOPLE
(Readers who live in Merseyside, UK, please note Post Script at end of post) I haven’t been posting many Happiness blogs lately. This is because I have been spending a lot of time learning about how to do the computer side of things.
One thing you will notice is that I now have Archives that are easy to browse. I had seen in the bog statistics that a lot of visitors to the site were interested in back posts.  Previously, if you wanted to look for blog posts that you are interested in the Archives all you would see was the name of a month, the year and how many posts like this “Jan, 2011, 3 posts”. A lot of people were reading the Archives and this was ridiculously hard for them and took a long time. So I had a go at making it easier.
1) Now you have a choice of sections to look in at the top right hand corner
2) There is a search box for categories lower down where you can click on ‘Categories’ and get a drop down menu to choose articles from.
3) A section of recent posts
4) A section of the top most popular posts.
5) Near the bottom of the main post there is a list of related posts.
It took a lot of time to sort these functions out but I’m sure that these additions will allow people to look for the type of article that they want to read with great ease.
Now I start doing more posts about Happiness, Meditation and Love for you  to read study and use.I hope that you enjoy these new functions and can enjoy browsing the blog site including the Archives.

Eight Happiness Lessons
Here is a list of eight Happiness lessons that you can use in your everyday life:-

1) The top level of Happiness is to Love and be Loved. You must love everybody. A lot of people think that they can’t do that. They are right. You can’t just do it right away. You must work to a plan. First concentrate on those who are near and dear to you already. Then enlarge your circle of Happiness to include other people. If somebody lets you down, cut them off your list. You can always come back to them when your power of Love is even stronger.
2) If you do cut somebody off, they must not be aware of it. Treat them with respect. Do not fall out with them. Then, if you do try them again, you will be in a good place to start and win them over.
3) Happiness starts in your home. If it doesn’t, get working on it now! When you have  got this sorted, every time your feet hit the street, you will be taking a pocketful of it out with you!
4) Never let a petty row hurt a happy relationship. Be the first to apologise. If you can’t admit that you were wrong, use NLP, change the subject. Don’t discus the actual problem. Keep repeating how wrong you were to get upset, to get angry, to say that. Keep repeating that.
5) Again! Be the first to apologise.
6) Spend some time alone every day. Meditate if you know how. ( Do a search in the categories box on the blog)
7) The past is the past. If you can’t rectify it, don’t think about it, don’t talk about it and don’t cast it up.
8) If you keep doing happy things and building Happiness into your life you will be Happy. If you don’t understand or don’t know how
JOIN THE HAPPY PEOPLE, NOW!
P.S  If you live in Merseyside, UK and are good on computers or blogging please let me know. Or if you live here and are interested in what I write about. I live in Liverpool, Merseyside, UK and am trying to get study groups with activities and events going. Again, please contact me.
More soon, Tommy

Happiness Can’t Be Bought For Cristiano Ronaldo!

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Money Equals Happiness
Or so a lot of people think.
But it ain’t necessarily so. Lots of research has been done on this idea and it has been shown that  money is very important but that having lots of money doesn’t always mean that you will be happy.
Some people are wealthy beyond belief and are still unhappy. Here is an example:
How Happy Is Ronaldo?
Ronaldo Cristiano is one of the best paid football stars of all time. He is also one of the best looking and skilful soccer stars of in the world today. He plays for world famous Real Madrid, who paid an unbelievable 94 million euros for him. He is presently earning about 11 million euros per year. How wealthy is that? And now he wants MORE! His present contract has 3 years to go but he is asking for a new contract for 6 years for a record breaking 30 million euros a year. This is nearly 3 times what he is earning at present. Here are just some of the newspaper headlines:
“Enough in enough”
“CR unsettles Madrid and activates the alarm bells”
“CR unsettles Madrid and activates the alarm bells”
Etc., Etc., All stories have photos showing him looking depressed and sad.
” Not Happy!”
Ronaldo admits it and claims that it is for professional reasons. People in the business say that the increase from 11 to 30 million euros will sort out his unhappiness. Can you believe it?
So Happiness Can’t Be Bought
Not for 11 million euros a year, anyway! (Just give me a shot at it! LOL).
Unhappiness Is Harmful!
Here is a lesson for The Happy People. At a time when Ronaldo needs to impress the money men that he is worth the increase to 30 million euros per year, at a time when he needs to display his most dazzling skills, his game is slipping!
That’s right, his unhappiness is causing him to perform below his usual level.
Yes.  His money unhappiness is causing  to play below normal. This is the point that I want to make. Just imagine the mental agony when people are saying bad things about his performances. This is how emotional problems can spring up. One causes another one and it goes on. Until a person who should really be happy can find himself surrounded by problems.
I’m not saying that he shouldn’t ask for more money what I am saying is that he should not allow his financial tactics to affect his emotional level.
The lesson for The Happy People that you must build up, control and guard your emotional states at all times!
(The positive ones of course LOL!)
You may not be a footballer, but all of life  is a game and  must play with every ounce of their skill
and positive emotions.

Become one of The Happy People! It’s FREE! Just share this article with everybody that you know.
Sharing things makes people Happy. Go on. SHARE

Love, Peace and Happiness,

Tommy

Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

Depression? Bad Health? Try Meditation!

Feel Depressed? Stressed Out? Meditation Helps!

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Meditation (Photo credit: atsukosmith)

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Infected ingrown toenail showing the characteristic redness and swelling associated with acute inflammation (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Meditation! Good For Better HealthAND Depression!

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Science is continually looking for ways to improve the quality of our live. What has become increasingly obvious to them is that an unbelievable number of people report suffering from depression. And what is more worrying, the number is increasing every year at an alarming rate. When they looked at this problem, they found that a lot of this depression was caused when people reported feeling loneliness. This was caused by many factors including bereavement, not having a partner or family, being housebound through physical disability or fear of  street crime, financial drawbacks etc. These problems are out of control amongst the elderly. The standards of mental and emotional health among the elderly are inhuman. This is made worse by the number of people living longer. I won’t say enjoying old age because so many of them are not.
So What’s The Good News? 
New research shows that meditation training lasting eight weeks reduced feelings of loneliness in people. They started off knowing that people who reported feeling lonely showed an increase in the number of  inflammation problems they were having. These inflammation problems were causing a variety of diseases. The researchers found that meditation greatly reduced these inflammation problems and helped to clear up the illnesses that they were causing. In the current online edition of the journal Brain, Behavior and Immunity, senior study author Steve Cole, a UCLA professor of medicine and psychiatry and a member of the Norman Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology at UCLA, and colleagues report that the two-month program of  meditation greatly reduced the feelings of loneliness. This report also showed that the people involved showed a marked improvement in the amount of inflammation and the illnesses associated with it.
What Causes Inflammation?
Inflammation is a natural part of the immune system and is used to fight a wide variety of health problems, from infections like flu and gum disease to impact injuries like broken bones. It plays a very important part in the pathology of many diseases and psychological disorders. This research is the first evidence showing that meditation not only decreases loneliness also reduces inflammation and helps to clear up the problems causing the inflammation. If this is borne out by further research, meditation could become a powerful  way to improve the quality of life for many, many people with the long lasting health problems that involve inflammation.In the study, 40 adults were randomly placed in a meditation group or a control group that did not meditate. They were all the participants were rated at the beginning and the end of the study using an established loneliness scale. Blood samples were also collected at the beginning and end of the research. These meditators reported that they no longer felt so lonely and what was more amazing was that their blood tests showed a big reduction in signs of  inflammation.
Will You Find Meditation Hard?
No!
It is the easiest thing in the world once you get started.  This group went to 8 weekly two-hour meetings in which they learned how to meditate. They also practised meditation for 30 minutes each day at home and attended a single daylong retreat.How hard is that. You do do not need to any kind of retreat. This was only required for the sake of this research.
How Good Are These Results?
Excellent! This study is only only the tip of the iceberg. It is just one of a massive amount of research that is showing more and more positive benefits of meditation. Just last month, Dr. Helen Lavretsky, a UCLA professor of psychiatry and a Cousins Center member, published a study showing that a form of  meditation reduced inflammatory problems, as well as stress levels, among individuals who care patients with Alzheimer’s disease.( Please note this was about the carers not the Alzheimer’s disease patients. There is a growing awareness of the long term psychological problems of long term carers. And a lot of work is being done in this area.) The above shows some of the many, many benefits that come from this practise. I know a lot of you readers already meditate. (I hope that it is the right sort of meditation.) If you don’t, start NOW! Why not join The Happy People? We’re BIG on meditation, And it’s FREE! More SOON, Love, Wealth and Happiness, Tommy

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How Meditation Brings Rewards

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Steve Jobs and Bill Gates at the fifth D: All Things Digital conference (D5) in 2007 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Steve Jobs at the WWDC 07 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

How Will Meditation Bring You What You Want?
The power of meditation is based in all the things that your mind will bring when you have trained it through meditation. Your mind, or perhaps I should say, the way that you use  your mind, can be the most powerful tool that you ever use in your life.
It can and has changed peoples’ lives around completely. The Net is full of news about research that has been done and how it brings positive mental and physical changes to the people who practise it.
Bigger, Better Brain Users
Let’s look at high achievers like Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and Richard Branson. These three men have have all been winners in the game of life. Their minds allowed them to dream up big plans. They thought of ways to make those plans come true. They kept on thinking of new ways to keep their plans growing. In the end they conquered their world and kept on growing bigger and better. Their minds just kept getting stronger and stronger.A very important factor in their lives was that they kept a balance in life between the outer world and the inner world. Bill Gates retired early and spends his time on charitable works, Richard Branson spends long periods on his own tropical island  doing things he enjoys and that make him feel good and the late Steve Jobs used to regularly spend long periods of time meditating. These three built up powerful minds and used them in the correct manner. They brought pleasure and  happiness to millions of people, built themselves fantastic lifestyles and always kept that balance between outer success and inner peace. They lived lives of good Karma and enjoyed the paying back of good Karma that such actions bring. I’m sure that when Steve Jobs is reborn he will be operating at an even higher level than he was at in this world. All the good Karma he has earned will return to him many times over. That is the way that Karma works. It follows you from life to life. So not only do you enjoy the rewards of using your brain properly in this life but they will follow you into your next re-incarnation.
Let’s A Look At Some Of  The Losers In The Happiness Game
At the other extreme, we find some of life’s losers like drug abusers, alcoholics and suicidal depressives. All the different levels of lifestyle lie somewhere in between those two groups. And those different levels are all fixed by set patterns of thinking. You are what you think and you are how you think. The quality of your lifestyle is totally based on how you think about life, the people in your life and yourself. You, yourself, are the most important of these three things. Who you think you are, what you think you should have and what you think you are capable of getting will completely control what you are going to get in your life, they have always controlled your life and they will continue to control your life until you can change them.
When, say ‘them’, I am talking about YOU! Who you think you are, what you think you should have and what you think you are capable of getting. These things are your beliefs. The things that you believe about yourself. You must change those beliefs. They are things that hold you back from achieving what you really want in life.
How can you have a love that is deeply fulfilling if you think nobody likes you?
How can you be successful if you believe that you couldn’t succeed  at anything?
How can you be happy if you believe that the world is an unhappy place? All you are doing is building walls to keep you away from what you want.
Lots of people have these type of beliefs and even more strange ones. Where do they come from? The answer is, from lots of places. Parents, teachers and peer groups. Lots of research has been done on the last one. Overwhelming evidence shows that you are very strongly influenced by the people you mix with. The amount of money you earn, the amount of body fat that you carry and the success of your relationships are directly related to the groups of people that you mix, work or live with. (All the more reason for you to join The Happy People. Plus the fact that it is FREE! LOL)
Now I’m not saying that the three top achievers that I mentioned above had negative beliefs like that. They may have done, they may not have done. What they did have was a mental plan that kept them moving forward, allowed them to dream about a positive future and the focus to make those dreams come true. They didn’t necessarily have a better brain than other people. They just played better PROGRAMMES on it.
You! Yes You! How About You?
Well, let me say that if you are not getting the results in your life that you want, it is because you are running the  wrong programmes through your mind. If you want some music you do not tune in to a sports channel, do you? If you want happiness, success and lots of top drawer relationships, then thoughts, beliefs and plans to make them happen must be playing in your mind.
The Happy News
But first the unhappy news. It is practically impossible to get rid of those negative programmes that are controlling your life right now.
So what’s the happy news? The happy news is that when you start running positive programmes, it’s practically impossible to get rid of them! Once you get that winning attitude in your life, everything starts to turn to good and stays good.
So How Do You Get Started?
What you have to do, is replace all those negative messages that you keep sending yourself with positive ones. You have to first get rid of the negative ones. The way to do this is to start MEDITATING! You are dragging a wagon load of negative, unhelpful beliefs and behaviours behind you. Meditation will allow you to leave them behind and get busy with your new ones. When you have emptied your mind of all it’s old, useless baggage, you can fill it up with the good stuff! And then your fun will start. And believe me, you will have some fun.
Just imagine how good you will feel when some of your plans start to work out for you. Don’t get me wrong, Meditation is not Magic. You must learn how to do it properly, you must plan for what you want and you must focus. But meditation will help you to do these things better and easier. It must be the right type of meditation. There are many, many, many types of meditation. All of them are helpful for you BUT if you want the deep, life changes that we are talking about here then you must learn Empty Mind/Zen/Chan meditation. It is the only one that I know that is really suitable.

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It’s not hard once you know how.
I have posted nearly 300 articles on this blog that will tell you how. Just get started.
Start studying them, NOW!

More soon, Love ,Wealth and Happiness, Tommy

How Karmic Meditation Brings True Happiness!

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Meditating in Madison Square Park, Manhattan, New York City (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Why You Need  Karmic Meditation?
Do you want a low level, depressing disappointing life-style? Of course you don’t!
Do you want all of life’s goodies? Lots of love, self-confidence, happiness and enough wealth to lead the sort of life that you want? Of course you do! Everybody does!
So what holds you back?
Why are so many of you disappointed with the way life is treating you?
Well, lots of things can hold you back. Things like:
Karmic Action And It’s Good Or Bad Effects
Well, the MAIN problem is YOU. Your major problem is that you do not fully understand the Law of Karma, how important it is in  your present life and how it effects all your future re-incarnations.
There are also problems with your self confidence, your way of thinking and what you do or don’t do.  There are many other reasons but these are probably the ones for most people.
Karma, your self confidence, your way of thinking and your actions will work together to give you the sort of life that you are getting right now. Now that is fine, if the sort of life that you are getting right now is the sort of life that you really want. But if the sort of life that you are getting right now is not exactly the sort of life that you want, then you must make changes. YOU must make changes in you.
Nobody else can make the changes. You must do it. You must make those changes in YOURself. In your confidence, your way of thinking and what you do or don’t do!
You can see the sense there can’t you?

If you carry on doing the exact same things that you have always done, you will keep on getting exactly the same sort of life that you you are having now.
If you want your life to change, then you must change the things that you do.

What Can Meditation Do?
Meditation provides many almost magical methods for changing your life. You can use it to build up your Good Karma and, at the same time, cut down on anxiety, unhappiness and depression. This will make your life happier.You can use it to turn your life completely around, you can use it to get the things you want and you can use it to put power into any self-improvement targets that you are working on. Personal programmes such as weight loss, building intimate relationships or getting wealthy can all be helped by using it  It will help you set up, stick at and achieve the targets that you want up for yourself.
Other Benefits You Will Get
While you may be using meditation for any of the above or even other purposes, I would like to point out something else of great benefit to you. While you are meditating, and it doesn’t matter why you are doing it, you get side effects. Here are three of the most important, most beneficial and most powerful side effects:
1)The Best Side Effect
 As you meditate, you produce a small but steady flow of hormones  that make you feel good. I make use of this effect. If ever I feel problems building up, I increase my mediTation (please note, meditaTion, not mediCation  lol).  This increases my flow of the ‘happy’ hormones. The ‘happy’ hormones enable me to always be on top of things, to always feel good and always act positively. This is a good way of dealing with bouts of self doubt, anxiety or depression. It is a fantastic skill for you to work on. If you keep working on it, it becomes easy to use and more powerful. This skill plus regular meditation will keep you moving forward. It will allow you to by-pass any problems or set-backs on your way to the plans that you have for your life.
The way to build up this skill is to become aware of any signs of a happy feeling caused by your meditation. Perhaps it may only be very slight at first, but it can often be quite strong and easy to notice. When you notice it concentrate on where you feel it it and how it feels. Amplify and allow it to spread. At present this may sound difficult. Let me tell you that once you get into your meditating, you will quickly notice this feeling. And you will easily amplify it and be able to let it spread.
2)Keep Your Karma Working For You
When you are meditating and producing these ‘happy’ hormones you are living in tune with the Laws of Nature, you are in tune with the Cosmos and you act in harmony with the people around you. This will build a strong flow of good Karma. This will enable you to be even more on top of things, to feel even better and act even positively. This is a positive loop. To always be on top of things, to always feel good and always act positively produces good Karma. Good Karma produces even more of those good things in your attitude to your life. Around and  around they go, feeding each other. And growing ever stronger. And the opposite is true. When you are depressed about thing, anxious or miserable about things, you are producing toxic chemicals in your bloodstream. You are building Bad Karma for  you for your future. You are making sure that you will have even more anxiety, sadness and depression. The Law Of Attraction says that what you focus on will come to you. So stop focusing on negative, harmful things.You could be building up a chain of Bad Karma that will ruin your life. Not only your life now, not only your lie in the immediate future but also your next life. And, possibly your next couple of lives. Start meditating and focus on the positive effects that it produces in you. Effects like Love, Peace and Happiness. These will have an effect on your life right now, in your immediate immediate future. And, if you keep doing it, your next couple of lives.
3) Your Luck Will Change!
As 1) and 2)are taking place in your life, you will notice something else. Your luck will start to change. You will notice lots of lucky things begin to happen. Good things start appear in your life. This is the good Karma starting to work for you. The good Karmic vibrations, that you are causing, are building up and coming back to you. You are becoming one of The Happy People. Why not click on the Facebook sign below and share this article with a friend? We have our own Facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Karma/200040216673445   Please join and post something there.

Love, Peace and Happiness, Tommy

Which Meditation Is Best For You?

Deutsch: Bodhidharma

The Father Of Zen Meditation Deutsch: Bodhidharma (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

ALL meditation is good for you. The worst kind of meditation will bring benefits to anybody and everybody. But they are not all the same in value. Here is an article about different types of meditation. My quotes from it are in inverted commas:
(” ….quote ….”)

“If you aren’t enjoying your meditation practice, a small new study suggests a possible reason why: You aren’t doing the method that’s right for you. ……….. found that not all people prefer the same kind of meditation practices. The study suggests that the best way for someone to actually stick with a meditation practice might be to pick the kind that he or she feels most comfortable with.”

This is modernising meditation to the point where it is next to useless. You end up doing a type of so called meditation that is easy for you to do instead of one  that is powerful and will bring massive changes and benefits to your life.

“….study, published in EXPLORE: The Journal of Science and Healing, included 247 people between ages 20 and 56 who were taught four kinds of meditations: Qigong Visualization, Mantra, Zen or Mindfulness. ”

Zen is the most powerful of these. For the simple reason that it goes beyond the other three, it goes  beyond them in scope and it goes beyond them because the results are obvious and can be judged by observers. The affect it has on the people who follow it can be judged in many areas that are not meditation. These areas range from Calligraphy to Sumo wrestling and include Art, Flower Arranging, Tea Ceremony, Kendo (Sword Fighting) and many others. Zen’s scope has two extra levels. See The Ten Ox-herding Drawings, Level 9, Going Back Into The Everyday World and Level 10 , Inspiring Others With Your Actions.
The article is excellent and you should read it. The link is at the end of this article.
I would like to see a study that would allow third party observers to examine people who had been meditating in the four types mentioned for perhaps three years. They could then give a better judgement on which was the better type of meditation to take up. Instead of the easiest or latest fashion being the deciding factor.
Google and study The Ten Ox-herding Drawings to get a better understanding of some of the points that I have made.

Love, Wealth and Happiness,
Tommy

Link to full article:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/07/meditation-types-mindfulness-mantra-zen-qigong_n_1651902.html

 

 

Meditation builds a bigger, better brain!

A new piece of research shows that the part of the brain linked with attention deficit disorder, depression, schizophrenia, addiction and even dementia, can be improved by meditation combined with muscle relaxation. This is beyond the basic meditation that is believed to reduce stress and lower blood pressure.  Study participants were cued by a coach on ph
Meditation

Meditation (Photo credit: atsukosmith)

ysical relasation and mental imagery while listening to music. Volunteers  who did IBMT (integrative body-mind training) for as

little as eleven hours over four weeks showed increased myelin (the sheaths that cover critical brain cells) as well as more dense axons (part of the brain cells)—both positive.  Those changes tend to make people feel better emotionally and may improve or even prevent mental disorders.

But all The Happy People know this already (take a look at  https://happinessguru.wordpress.com) .  Still it’s great to see it backed by Science, isn’t it
Here is a link to a great article by Laura Hand who anchors anchors CNY Central’s Weekend Today in Central New York.:
http://www.cnycentral.com/news/story.aspx?list=~%5Cnews%5Clists%5Centertainment&id=771402
Here’s a full ‘English’ version of the whole study from Science Daily:http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/06/120613183813.htm To read the actual study, search ‘Mechanisms of white matter changes induced by meditation’  and you’ll get more detail.
Love, Peace and Happiness,
Tommy