The power of meditation can no longer be in any doubt by even the most sceptical of sceptics. Details of a scientific experiment conducted at the Max Plank Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig Germany were published recently. (Science Advances, doi.org/cdw7 or see New Scientist 14 Oct 2017). The experiment looked at how three meditation techniques affected the brains and bodies of more than 300 volunteers over nine months.
MRI scans taken after 3 months showed that mindfulness meditation increased the thickness of the brain’s pre-frontal cortex and in an area known as the parietal lobes, which are linked to attention control. The pre-frontal cortex is a part of the brain implicated in a variety of complex behaviours, including planning and greatly contributes to personality development. The implications are that the brain can be trained just like a muscle. Perhaps that not news to some but certainly for those who are interested in developing their intuitive aspects of awareness its not a huge step to then assume that we can increase our focus and attention on the subtle influences that we are able to pick up with concentration by exercising the parts of the brain that play their parts in this process.
My clients will acknowledge that I often ask them to either start a meditation practice or to develop their existing techniques further. The above experiment now supports why I ask them to do that.
In our forthcoming jointly authored book, “Spirit & Earth”, Adrian Incledon-Webber and I have this to say about meditation:
“If you are not familiar with meditating, then it is useful to start with just a few minutes each day, to practice focusing your mind and concentrating on clearing it of the ‘monkey chatter’. This practice is also something that will help your dowsing. The more you can focus, the better your dowsing accuracy will be.
Also, as you clear your head of daily noise and start to bring quiet into your mind, you should find you develop an improved ability to focus on just one thing, as the depth of your concentration improves. As this occurs, so too will you notice that your perception of everything around you will become enhanced at all times, not just in meditation. Most likely you will start to see colours seemingly with greater depth, hear things with a detail that you had hitherto not noticed and see and feel everything in Nature with a sort of clarity that you hadn’t been aware of before.
In his explorations of energy channels in New Zealand and the relationship that the ancient Waitaha people had with the earth, Hamish Miller and Barry Brailsford used to cite the meditative practice of the spiritual elders who had, from an early age, been selected as medicine men or women. The Waitaha shamans were mostly women and they practiced intense meditation to fine tune their powers of concentration and connection. It is said they could pick out and feel in harmony with, a single shell amongst the millions on the sea-shore whilst sitting high up on a cliff overlooking the beach. They had the ability to focus so precisely on this one, minute speck amongst so many, this individual shell, they could tune in to it and “feel” it as part of themselves and so be in perfect harmony with it.
When meditating, we are adjusting our brainwave patterns and that, of course, will change our experience of our own reality as described above. It gives us greater clarity, greater focus of concentration and improved empathy, so we can feel more aligned and in tune with all in the natural world, the flows and rhythms of the nature and its plants and creatures become more accessible. As this change is a physical process, the neural networks and pathways will take time to develop. When we first start to meditate, it can feel like a frustrating exercise; a seemingly slow and tedious one. But if you are patient and persist with daily practice, meditation can reap a great many rewards both in terms of exploring the world within us for peace balance and harmony and in the outer world as our senses seem to develop more sensitivity.”
In my next blog I will tell you about a fantastic phrase that I recently discovered and which applies to a movement gathering momentum around something called “EARTH OPTIMISM” and there will be details of how to pre-order your special signed copies of our book: Spirit & Earth: How to experience wellness through the interconnectedness of all things.
Many of you will have noticed that these blogs have been absent for a few months. I have no excuse but to say that contractors working on our house have been with us almost fifty percent of the time since we moved in ten months ago! That’s a lot of distractions especially when an electrician is trying to disconnect all power to completely re-wire around us. Hopefully now they have left I will be able to return to a reasonable flow of blogs and get back to uploading interesting helpful videos on my youtube channel.
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