Regular meditation can increase Intelligence. This claim has been proven by science itself time and time again. Yet educators and people in general after having known this fact simply ignore or forget about it. Why? Because of several mistaken ideas about meditation.
- Meditators are loners and weird people.
- Meditation is a cop out from reality.
- Meditation is a waste of time.
- It takes a long long time to see benefits of meditation. If it does increase intelligence, what good can it do if you’re already 80 years old?
- It takes dogged perseverance and discipline to stick to the regular practice.
- It is difficult to focus on ‘nothing’ or to ‘one thing’. The mind always jumps on other things and thus is difficult to get a grip on.
- It is difficult to sit upright for long periods of time.
- It practice needs to be done in remote places that are far from disturbances.
- Meditation through concentration of nothingness does nothing to increase intelligence.
- Meditation through mindless repetition of a mantra works to decrease, not increase intelligence. Makes one dumber.
Some of the above listed things are not entirely untrue but, just the same, are factors that keep them away from attempting the practice even just for once.
We read of stories about yogis and meditators who acquired some spectacular abilities but only after ten years, twenty years (or even longer) of regular meditative exercises in some remote sanctuary far from worldly disturbance. Books, newspapers and the internet tell us of practitioners who are able to hold their breath for hours, even days; of yogis who can move things just by concentrating on it; of meditators who can see beyond the obvious e.g. seeing auras, seeing energy forms, seeing colors from sound, etc. These are all true and completely put away all doubts about the spectacular capabilities of meditation.
Increased intelligence is one of the effects of regular meditation. Neuropsychologists have found , through MRI scans, that the brain circuits involved in paying attention of long-term meditators show greater activity, leading them to conclude that meditation can alter the structure of the brain, and thus increase intelligence. Physically, the brain anatomy of meditators are also significantly different in that certain regions are larger than average, particularly the volumes of the thalamus, the areas within the orbital-frontal cortex, the hippocampus, and the inferior temporal gyrus. This is true for all ages; which definitely goes against the previous belief by scientists that physical brain development is complete and stops some time in the teen years. Thus, evidence showing the neurophysiological transformation from low to high level of integration and coherence (meaning broader and more efficient use of brain capacity, or increased intelligence), per EEG results of meditators from various age levels, came as a shock to scientists. Sara Lazar of Harvard Medical School confirms: “Our data suggest that meditation practice can promote cortical plasticity in adults in areas important for cognitive and emotional processing and well-being. These findings are consistent with other studies that demonstrated increased thickness of music areas in the brains of musicians, and visual and motor areas in the brains of jugglers. In other words, the structure of an adult brain can change in response to repeated practice“.
For regular people like us who can not leave our work to go to remote mountain sanctuaries to meditate, and do not have the luxury of spending long hours to do yogic exercises – are we hopeless cases who have no choice but to accept our sorry states? No! Technology, through brainwave entrainment, has given us the tools to serve as aids for us to accomplish this. While it normally takes a lot of effort to keep yourself in a particular state of mind, using brainwave entrainment as a meditation aid eases this to an enormous degree. Brainwave entrainment is a blessing to all who have a desire to enter the field of self improvement through meditation. All you need is a little resolve and perserverance to allot a little of your time every day to meditation. For really busy people, 20 to 40 minutes will do. And while, silence indeed helps a lot in this practice, the use of special sound effects built into the brainwave entrainment files can in some way lessen the effects of external sounds which otherwise would have made you jump out of whatever meditative state you are already in. With regards to postures, any relaxed position, even lying on your back (as long as you can keep yourself from falling asleep), will do unless you have other goals in mind e.g. kundalini awakening, in which case upright sitting postures are necessary.
Brainwave entrainment technology should serve as a tool to ease the pains of meditation. After a time, the meditator will find that the more he meditates, the less he needs to use this technology. Eventually, he can let go of it and go on his way by himself. The thinking prowess that is accessed only at a particular state can eventually be accessed from any normal waking state giving the practitioner the edge that seem unbelievable to those who do not know. Hopefully, by now you have no more doubts about the scientific fact that regular meditation increases intelligence and that brainwave entrainment is one amazing tool to aid you in this exercise.
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