Definitions for 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.

  • Cognitive control: Cognitive control is the ability to shift one’s mental resources to deal with the event at hand in order to accomplish the desired result as efficiently as possible.

  • I define intellectual capital as human intellectual capital as follows:, the value that the employees of a business provide through the application of skills, know-how and expertise. Human intellectual capital is an organization’s combined human capability for solving business problems. Human capital is inherent in people and cannot be owned by an organization. Therefore, human capital can leave an organization when people leave. Human capital also encompasses how effectively an organization uses its people resources as measured by creativity and innovation.

  •  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.