About Meditative Science

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What is Meditative Science ?

Meditative Science =meditation+mindfulness+neuroscience= Mental Fitness

There has been much research over the years concluding what meditators have known for centuries. Those who meditate and practice mindfulness are more peaceful, less stressed and have happier lives. Newer research has shown that meditation helps keep the brain agile, able to learn more quickly and accurately.

Why should you study meditative science?

Simply put, meditative science is a set of simple techniques that allow you greater cognitive control or makes you more intelligent by expanding your use of your brain power, allowing a much deeper self awareness, increasing your ability to create, focus, and solve problems while plumping up the cortical structures of the brain, (much like building up muscles) rather than letting them grow thinner as they will do in a progressive fashion as one passes the 30 year mark, if left un attended. See previous post for more.

What does meditative science do?

Meditative science is a method of augmenting or enhancing your cognitive abilities. In plain language it makes you smarter by allowing you to learn new skills more easily, it enhances your memory, increases your focus and creativity, increases physical and emotional health, and your  general sense of well being and happiness. It reduces the stress response to everyday life events as well as the ability to deal with major life events. Happier more peaceful people tend to have happier more peaceful relationships in their lives.

 Meditative science works in two main areas of life. One, it reduces stress which has positive effects on peacefulness and general well being in all areas of life: physical, mental and emotional health, relationships, creativity. Two, it works as a “brain extender” giving you greater cognitive control. Networked data access or a simple grocery list saves us from having from having to memorize all the knowledge in the world or all reasons we went to the grocery store. These are brain extenders because they help us use our mental resources more efficiently. Meditative science is a brain extender.

Here are a few examples: A small thing like a friend not returning a call or email within the time frame we wanted creates what appears on the surface a slight discomfort, so we think we are ignoring such a small thing, but the subconscious mind which houses the emotional, relational part of the brain is triggered, it may be going over all the accumulated slights or major ones up to that point in life and you’re wondering why you are having trouble focusing on a work project. An unexpected bill that stresses your financial resources can have the same effect. We all have accumulated emotional debris.

What happens on a physiological level is the emotional part of the brain hijacks the brain’s fuel (oxygen, glucose, neurotransmitters) away from the areas in the prefrontal and creative parts of the brain leaving them depleted. Focus in the face of adversity is what winning athletes do, they focus on winning the next point, not on the one they just lost.

According to the Flynn effect, global IQs have risen cross culturally approximately 20 points since 1930. The use of brain extenders and enhancements? Is increasing you and your family’s  cognitive/intellectual capacity, ability and speed of learning new material essential to thriving in a world where intellectual capacity is quickly becoming the most marketable commodity? Only you can be the judge of that. What about increasing the your creative, innovative and decision making capacities? Again, only you can be the judge of that.

If you would like to give it a go, we are here to help.

 Here are just a few areas of life previous students, learners, and practitioners of meditative science have worked with:

  •  physical health
  • increase in empathy and compassion

  • mental and emotional health

  • social/relational/collaborative

  • creativity, innovation

  • decision making

  • speed of learning new tasks and skills

  • intake of new information

  • increased sense of general well being

  • design your own area of enhancement

In summary, In Meditative Science, we focus on 5 major areas:

1. We teach you how to diminish the stress response and with practice, you will find that the things that used to stress you out simply are not that important. Most people already know the deleterious effects of stress on their body. In a future post “Stress Wrecks Havoc”, we will go over the science behind the adverse effects of stress not only on the body, but the mind. And teach you how to alter your physiology.

2. We will teach you how to access the deeper regions of the mind especially the the regions of creativity and insight, the ones that fuel innovation.

3. And we will take a look at the social brain, “the silent thief,” that can highjack your day  without you even realizing it. We will teach you how to make it your friend and have it work for you.

4. The more you increase cognitive control over the above 3, the more you can increase your intellectual capital.

5.  We will teach you the science behind what is occurring in your brain/mind. The brain is plastic, it will change for the better if you exercise it properly using  the right techniques.

Definitions Used in Meditative Science:

Many people associate meditation with sitting on the floor in a lotus position chanting or staring at a flame; either trying to chase the thoughts out of their consciousness or letting them drift lazily away without paying any attention to them. These techniques are all forms of meditation. Below I will define meditation, mindfulness, and neuroscience as I use them.

  • Meditation: a set of techniques that facilitates the alteration  of  brain states by altering brain waves, (beta, alpha, gamma, delta, theta and the subsets of the above. This in turn allows one to access different parts of the mind/brain quickly and easily.

The above set of techniques  have been  developed over the course of 30+ years by working with many different populations of people from data entry people to executives in corporate settings to people dealing with lifestyle, pain, and physiological management issues in medical settings. Almost anyone can learn quickly and become very proficient with with in a minimum of 10 minutes daily practice. 

  • Mindfulness: this is paying attention to the detail in one’s physical surroundings. It consists of focusing on the minute sensory detail of the event, visual, auditory, and kinesthetic individually and simultaneously. Most people are stronger in one or two of the sensory modalities naturally, so we learn to pay attention to areas that we may be weaker in. Children  naturally take in the world in detail as they are developing their neurological processing software. You can see this as their eyes, ears and whole move quickly absorbing their environment, but we as become older and rely more and more on abstract thinking, we pay less and less  attention to the details in life and  we pay the price. These sensory processing centers in the brain are like muscles and tend to deteriorate from disuse. These processing areas are essential in the speed and accuracy of our ability to take in new data. Most people neglect these areas of “brain/mental health,” which is why as we age ( over 30 years of age), it becomes more difficult to learn new skills and retain them. But it is in the detail of our surroundings that keeps the processing centers strong and fit.
  •  Neuroscience:  (This is wikipedia’s definition): “it is currently an interdisciplinary science that collaborates with other fields such as chemistry, computer science, engineering, linguistics, mathematics, medicine and allied disciplines, philosophy, physics, and psychology. “ The point being that neuroscience does not come from any one discipline of science, but the study of the mind/brain is a complex collaboration of input from many.