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Meditation for Seniors – Improves Mood and Emotional Control

Meditation for Seniors – Improves Mood and Emotional Control

May 29, 2018

Meditation for seniors using mindfulness techniques may help elders to find peace within themselves and improved memory with daily practice meditating.  

Since meditation is a mental exercise that trains the mind to remain focused and aware of “drifting” into unwanted thought patterns, meditating regularly can actually improve a senior’s cognitive abilities involving concentration, memory, and attention.

Research indicates that mindfulness for the elderly is an encouraging intervention that is well worth introducing. It is suitable for high functioning clients. Here's how you can help someone you love using meditation. Have you ever heard someone talking about having a "senior moment"? This usually refers to someone being forgetful or acting in some other way that is linked to impaired mental functioning. The term came to be no doubt because human beings equate a weaker mind with old age.

Science backs up this belief. As we age, especially as human beings progress past the age of 50, research shows us that our mental functioning begins to decline. However, this is far from an unavoidable situation. Seniors that meditate and practice mindfulness can experience dramatic and positive improvements in their mental abilities.

• Meditation stimulates the "smile and is a happy" area of the brain. Your prefrontal cortex is the "feel good" region of your brain. As you age, you naturally activate this region less frequently, which is why seniors often experience depression and higher levels of stress and anxiety than they did when they were younger. A Mindfulness Meditation practice leads to less stress and depression, as well as a greater sense of happiness.

• Meditation improves mood and emotional control. A study out of Thailand supplemented walking therapy with meditation for seniors. Those who meditated showed more positive moods regularly than those who did not. A reduction in depression and improvement in functional fitness was also noted.

• Regular meditation improves memory. Meditation stimulates the hippocampus, as well as the frontal brain lobe. This means better short and long-term memory recall for seniors. The ability to store and access newly made memories is also enhanced.

• Meditation for seniors improves senior relationships. Because of the stress-relieving, mood-improving nature of mindfulness and other meditation practices, seniors enjoy better relationships with their caregivers, family members, and others in the senior community.

A study out of UCLA shows that an 8-week meditation program ... significantly decreased rates of self-reported loneliness." Depression from a perceived state of loneliness is a significant concern for seniors, especially those over 70 and 80 years of age.

Meditation for seniors and the elderly includes a decreased sense of loneliness, greater longevity, better health, less mental fog, a reduction in health care costs, and a slowing of the progression of Alzheimer's disease.

Meditation sessions can last just 10 and 20 minutes, and several such sessions a week lead to a multitude of mental and physical advantages seniors would be wise to take advantage of. For more information on meditation for seniors and how you can help those you love please visit "A Place For Mom".

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Mindfulness Meditation For Kids – How Young Is Too Young?

Mindfulness Meditation For Kids – How Young Is Too Young?

May 22, 2018

Mindfulness meditation for kids at each developmental stage can be useful for decreasing anxiety and promoting happiness in school and at home.  

Mindfulness meditation for kids and mindfulness, in general, is a simple meditation technique that emphasizes paying attention to the present moment in an accepting, nonjudgmental manner — has emerged as a popular mainstream practice in recent decades. 

It is being taught to executives at corporations, athletes in the locker room, and increasingly, to children both at home and in school. Meditation has been linked to multiple physical and mental health advantages. 

Lower stress, better longevity, lower health care costs, better emotional control, and improved physical performance have all been scientifically proven as benefits of meditation and mindfulness. With such significant rewards, you may be thinking about getting your child involved with a regular meditation practice. 

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Part of the reason why mindfulness meditation for kids is so effective can be explained by the way the brain develops.

While our brains are constantly developing throughout our lives, connections in the prefrontal circuits are created at their fastest rate during childhood. Mindfulness, which promotes skills that are controlled in the prefrontal cortex, like focus and cognitive control, can, therefore, have a particular impact on the development of skills including self-regulation, judgment, and patience during childhood.

Meditation has been proven beneficial for adults, senior citizens, and the elderly. It can improve the lives of men and women, so it is logical for parents, grandparents, and others who care about children to wonder, "How young is too young to introduce a child to meditation?" If you are asking this question about mindfulness meditation for kids, you are far from alone.

Browse the Internet and you see more than a few questions like the following: "Is my 9-year-old daughter too young to learn meditation?" "My son just turned 6. Is that too young for meditation?" "I have heard about meditation for toddlers. How does that work?" Meditation might not be the first thought that enters your mind when you think of energetic, active preschoolers and toddlers.

Many think that because these young children do not have fully formed brains, not only are they incapable of meditating properly, but the practice is a waste of time. Science tells us differently in many studies around the world and in all cultures. Multiple studies show "immediate behavioral changes in children" once they begin meditating.

The National Therapies Research Unit at the Royal Hospital for Women in Australia performed a study on 26 children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) between 2003 and 2012. The children were between the ages of 4 and 12.

Regular practice of Sahaja Yoga Meditation took place for 6 weeks. Here are just a few results of that meditation practice. • A reduction in medication use by 50% of the child test subjects • Better parent-child relationships • Enhanced feelings of self-esteem and self-worth • A reduction in hyperactivity, and a simultaneous improvement in attention • Less impulsive activity.

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Driving Meditation For A Safer and Happier Commuter…

Driving Meditation For A Safer and Happier Commuter…

May 15, 2018

A driving meditation? Say what? After reading that title you may be thinking, "Meditating while driving? That's crazy!" You are probably envisioning someone trying to drive a vehicle with their eyes closed, seated in the lotus position, and chanting mantras, while trying to form appropriate mudras with their hands.

That is the typical experience most people think of when they hear the word "meditation". Driving meditation, also called mindful driving, is a totally different animal.  

Many types of meditation simply ask you to be mindful of your present experience. This means to open your mind and all of your senses to everything that is going on around you.

Doesn't this sound like the perfect recipe for safe driving? How many hours a day or a week do you spend behind the wheel of your car? Instead of considering this as wasted, stressful time, why not use it as a chance to practice mindfulness? Notice that this "driving meditation" practice is called "mindful driving", and not road rage, judgmental driving, or revenge driving.

Being totally aware of everything that is going on around you while you drive is going to mean that you definitely see poor driving habits by other drivers. When you practice mindfulness, whether driving or seated comfortably in your living room, you become aware of your current experience. However, you do not judge the experience. You simply encounter it, allow yourself to experience it, only concerning yourself with truly being in the moment.

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If more people would practice mindful driving, instances of traffic accidents and road rage would drop dramatically.  It can definitely help lower your stress level if you are heading to a job you hate and can help you de-stress after a challenging day at work. This means less stress and anxiety when you arrive home, which promotes a happier home environment.

There are a lot of reasons to practice mindfulness while you drive in the form of a driving meditation. Not only do you become a safer and more aware driver, but your daily commute can actually become a stress-reliever, rather than promoting stress and anxiety. 

The next time you drive, practice a driving meditation and be present in everything that is going on around you. Develop an awareness of your situation, without reacting judgmentally. You will find more peace and less stress in your life, and may actually enjoy driving.

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Simple Meditation For Beginners In Difficult Environments

Simple Meditation For Beginners In Difficult Environments

May 8, 2018

A simple meditation for beginners is needed when you are in different environments that can be a challenge to some and easy for others. There are people who have a good sense of focus and concentration. They have the ability to stabilize their mind no matter what kind of environment they are in.

However, there are also people who seem to be always disturbed. They can hardly concentrate, thus, affecting their judgment and quality of work. Meditation is a good aid for these types of people. During meditation, mental space to conduct a simple meditation for beginners is created in order to achieve a certain degree of enlightenment. The effects of meditation on different people also vary.

These could be affected by factors such as mood, character, and individuality. When a person hardly understands themselves, their confusion reflects their actions. That is why contemplation is necessary in order to achieve an enlightened consciousness.

A quiet space conducive for reflection, a mantra to be recited, and absolute concentration are the essentials of meditation. While sitting meditation is considered the basic and most efficient form of meditation, there are other ways to modify the process for a simple meditation for beginners.

On the whole, you can only create other forms of meditation when you become habituated with the practice. When your mind has been set for meditation, it will be easy for you to stay tuned-up. Plus, you can integrate the spiritual essence and mental awareness with the physical and mental rhythms of life.

As meditation becomes part of your routine, you will always find time to stop and make a connection with the process of meditation. Naturally, you will seek the blissful state that you can experience only when meditating.

So what should you do for a simple meditation for beginners when the place you are into is not conducive to meditation?

There are ways to establish focus and concentration. You can capture your mind to be in the meditation state when you direct your attention to a spot in the room, or listen attentively to your breathing or focus on a small object. With the help of relaxing music, you can employ meditation and extend your practice even beyond the meditation period.

Active people such as athletes need to stay focused on their skills or art while staying grounded. However, their physical ability could be more enhanced if they are in touch with their higher consciousness. A famous female boxer revealed that in her violent and aggressive profession, she never fails to meditate and chant.

She constructed her own way of escaping the gym atmosphere in order to find peace within. She listens to the sound of the speed bag as she hits it one way. There is a distinct sound for a one-way blow and the sound varies with the difference in the impact of a glove. Then all she had to do is close her eyes and meditate on the sound of the speed bag.

Even a basketball player can employ meditation at the free-throw line if he is able to transcend the noise of the crowd and the pressure of the play. In this manner, he can manage stress and anxiety while connecting to his meditation process. 

Be creative in modifying your own way of a simple meditation for beginners by practicing these ideas and techniques. Break your patterns and make your imagination work.

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