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Short Yoga Session Stimulates Brain Function Immediately — PsyBlog


Short Yoga Session Stimulates Brain Function Immediately Afterwards — Dr. Jeremy Dean – PsyBlog.

The results, published in the Journal of Physical Activity & Health, supported the remarkable benefits of yoga for the mind.

“It appears that following yoga practice, the participants were better able to focus their mental resources, process information quickly, more accurately and also learn, hold and update pieces of information more effectively than after performing an aerobic exercise bout.”

Click on the above link to read more.

What Should You Expect from Your Meditation Session? NOTHING!


Photo Credit Tosaporn Boonyarangkul

Photo Credit Tosaporn Boonyarangkul

Meditation in this regard is similar to the wildly successful TV show, Seinfeld, a show about nothing! To expect weightlessness, levitation, rapture, enlightenment or bliss from your meditation practice defies the core idea underlying the practice; Vairagya or complete non-attachment towards worldly desires as highlighted by Acharya Pattanjali 3000 years ago. He took this idea even further by talking about Para Vairagya, non-attachment even for holy and auspicious goals such as spiritual enlightenment or oneness with the Almighty.

When you pleasantly focus on your breathing, or on a mantra, you will hear noises both external and internal. You for sure will have intruding thoughts about worldly affairs, your desires and challenges. And this is where Vairagya comes to the rescue. You practice total and complete non-attachment to them. You observe them and let them go while pleasantly bringing your focus back to your breathing. This is central to the practice of meditation.

Starting your meditation session with expectations violates the core principle underlying the practice of meditation. So, shed off your expectations, sit comfortably, close your eyes, pleasantly focus on your breathing and detach yourself completely from your thoughts, desires, ambitions, and goals.

Keep it simple and just meditate.

Mud Bathing After Meditation; Can You Stop It?


Photo credit: Sanjay Kanojia / AFP / Getty Images

Photo credit: Sanjay Kanojia / AFP / Getty Images

After you finish your meditation session, how long does it take for you to go from a divine state full of faith and love back to a worldly state full of fear and hatred? For me sometimes, it is instant. As soon as I open my eyes and leave my little corner, my mind is back in its usual state of easy irritability, occult fears, and multiple wants!

This reminds me of water buffaloes back home in rural India. These buffaloes, after getting meticulously washed by their owners in the pond on the outskirts of our little town, would intentionally fall on the way out of the pond and roll around in the mud reversing all the work of their owners!

If we learn to prevent this, then the benefits of meditation will last all-day long.

Here are a few tips I have found helpful.

1. Be mindful of mud bathing all through the day. If you can’t diagnose it, you can’t treat it.

2. Keep a picture of your meditation corner as wallpaper on your smartphone. Every time you look at your smartphone, your conditioned reflex would take your mind back into that divine state of unshakable faith, unconditional love, and boundless enthusiasm.

3. Wear a necklace with an Om or a Jesus Cross and get into the habit of touching it whenever you are under stress.

4. Meditate in the morning for 15 minutes or more per your preference. Then, add two ultra-short sessions, one in the afternoon and one in the evening, 5 minutes each. This will eliminate mud-bathing from your day completely.

If you follow these tips regularly, then the health and spiritual benefits of meditation would last longer and longer such that one day you will experience divine bliss, heavenly joy, and boundless happiness every living moment.

What has been your experience with mud-bathing after meditation? How have you dealt with it?

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