Self-Peace Development Course: EPISODE 1 – THE AWAKENING (DAY 4)
In the last lecture, meditation was mentioned as a source of Peace development for Mind and reduces overthinking. In today’s video lecture, the Benefits of Meditation mentioned which is very helpful. These benefits really amazed me because I was unaware of them. However, there are some issues with my brain, I cannot focus on anything after some time I lose motivation and could not work.
In our daily life, we do not get enough time for ourselves to meditate. Numerous benefits of Meditation mentioned that could be very helpful to enhance mental abilities. A number of studies conducted in the world to find out the benefits of this mental exercise, few of them are as follows:
a Physically Changes your size of the brain:
According to Dr Sara Lazer study in 2011: Meditation increases the Brain Size in three areas:
a- Left Hippocampus: Learning ability to retain information
b- Temporo Parietal Junction: Responsible for Empathy and Compassion
c- Posterior Cingulate Complex: Ability to control the ability of your mind to wanders
d- Amygdala: Responsible for Fear, Stress and Anxiety, meditation decreases cell volume
2 – REDUCES BAD EMOTIONS:
Meditation reduces the number of bad emotions that could be lethal for mental health.
a- Stress: According to Dr Sharma study in 2004, It helps you to manage stress levels in your brain and dramatically decreases the negative side effects of stress
b- Depression: A research published by Jama Internal Medicine by Prof. Willem Kuyken, It benefits the brain as much as antidepressants do. The people who were going through the study doctors have found that it is 31% less chance of relapse of depression.
c- Anxiety: Study by Dr Hodge in 2004, She revealed that meditation for 8 weeks vividly reduces anxiety symptoms in a person.
3-REDUCES BAD HABITS:
Meditation stimulates and helps in the growth of the Dorsolateral Prefrontal Cortex (responsible for the Will Power in a person).
4-INCREASES THE ABILITY TO CONCENTRATE AND FOCUS:
According to McLean’s study in 2010, the people who meditate, their focus and concentration on their work or any other activity increases.
A study was conducted on the old-aged people at the University of California concluded that Meditation decreases the C – Reactive Protein in the blood which is responsible for the risk of heart diseases.
Another study found that by meditation within 3 months the high blood pressure has reduced drastically.
Studies conducted by a Nobel Prize Winner Elizabeth Blackburn in 2010 have found that the Short Telomeres in our DNA are a marker of Aging. Meditation protects the length of the Telomeres that could possibly reduce the ageing.
6-MEDITATION MAKES YOU HAPPIER:
In 2004 Dr Richard Davidson, he placed the electrodes on the heads of monks who were the practitioners of Meditation for 30+ years. He found that they had 30x more Gamma Rays than the normal people who are associated with the Compassion, Self-control, Intelligence and the Feelings of contentment.
Therefore, so many other studies and researchers on the benefits of meditation that conducted time to time. Meditation should be practice on daily basis to get healthier benefits every passing day.
A- SELF-MEASURING PARAMETERS:
- KINDNESS: Listen
- STILLNESS OF MIND: High waves
- DIALOGUE/INTERACTIVE ATTITUDE: Content
B- DAILY HABITS: PATHWAY TO SELF-DISCIPLINE:
1- Lied to oneself: No
2- Use of intoxicants: No
3- Misuse of Power: No
4- False or hateful speech: No
5- Dishonesty at work: No
C- SELF-DISCIPLINARY EXERCISE:
QUESTION: In every aspect of our life, a good personality holds a very important value. Whether you are a budding professional, an established career person, or perhaps a homemaker, it is something that will help you develop and maintain solid relationships with others. For that, speech plays an important role. Speech is a window into a human nature too. Rightly said, we are what we speak, and our speech has both positive and negative consequences. To know what to say and how to say at the right time is a blessing in itself. Then why do people gossip and say ill about others, knowing how badly it can hurt someone
How do you feel if someone lies, gossips, and talks harshly about you? What if you did that to them?
ANSWER: Indeed, speech is the window to the thoughts, and nature of a person, it shows the amount of how much negativity or positivity is present in his mind. Unfortunately, I came across many people who have talked ill about me in which I do not have any control over it, but I have faced. I never talked bad about anyone, never gossiped (in front of others), or bad behaviour person but confronted hate speech from my own relatives and even few friends (sadly). On the contrary, I never did they did like, backbiting about anyone and never revealed his or her secrets. It is not in my upbringing to be disrespectful to anyone and to those who are full of negativity and evil-minded. I leave everything in God’s hand, as He takes the best revenge. However, if it is necessary to clear the misunderstanding, then I try my best to clear it with people as soon as possible.
D- RATE YOUR DAY: 8/10
E- MINUTES SPENT ON COURSE: 20