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I spend my days and nights focusing on:
1. Peace
2. Happiness
3.Effective living

I got started over 40 years ago as a seeker
and therapist pursuing these passions.
Little by little over the years I have discovered
much and learned even more. I hope we can learn
together as we engage in life's journeys.

Meditation Music Speaks to Your Soul

Breathtaking Images Perfect this Meditation Music

This is music that creates a meditative, relaxing soundscape that makes it easy to study, go to sleep, meditate, or just relax.

The background of sound limits distraction and thus contributes to focus and attention. You will not only notice a calm attention,

you will sustain a more balanced energy level and will be able to effectively pace your activity level in the interest of optimum productivity,

The breathtaking images enhance the music in ways that explain why millions have watched and listened to this one hour track that

you may well want to replay as long as you are engaged in a given activity. Meditation can certainly be that activity.

Your imagination will transport you to an interior landscape rich with peace, calm and quiet.

Breathing Practice for Optimum Health

Sympathetic Breathing Meditation Practice

A guided breathing practice that is designed to calm the part of your nervous system that is associated with the fight or flight response (sympathetic nervous system). As the relaxation response is energized, a balance is established that can help you create a new level of functioning physiologically as well as mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

You are restoring balance to your nervous system in a way that synchronizes your heart rhythm. As this happens, various physiological systems alter in ways that are healthier and contribute to effective functioning. You are less irritable, less emotionally reactive, and less likely to jump to conclusions, and thus your judgment tends to improve as well.

Stress relief and relaxation can  lead to optimum health.

Research MRI: Meditation Actually Alters Area’s of The Brain

Research: 8 Weeks is Enough Meditation to Alter Gray Matter

to Increase Awareness AND Decrease Stress

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There is a reason why nearly 100,000 viewers have chosen to share this article across the major social media platforms. The research done here demonstrates a connection between the benefits of meditation and mindfulness practice related to mood and attention and stress resiliency with changes that are taking place in the make up of the brain.

Perhaps the most amazing thing about his research is that it found that in an eight week mindfulness meditation program the amount of the brain’s grey matter BOTH increased AND decreased. It increased in the area associated with conscious awareness in the brain’s area of executive function…the cortex, while at the same time decreasing in the area associated with the stress response (the amygdala).

This study presents some very interesting results as brain science advances.

Check out the details below. Fascinating…

Participating in an eight-week mindfulness meditation program appears to make measurable changes in brain regions associated with memory, sense of self, empathy, and stress. In a study that will appear in the Jan. 30 issue of Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging, a team led by Harvard-affiliated researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) reported the results of their study, the first to document meditation-produced changes over time in the brain’s gray matter.

“Although the practice of meditation is associated with a sense of peacefulness and physical relaxation, practitioners have long claimed that meditation also provides cognitive and psychological benefits that persist throughout the day,” says study senior author Sara Lazar of the MGH Psychiatric Neuroimaging  Research Program and a Harvard Medical School instructor in psychology. “This study demonstrates that changes in brain structure may underlie some of these reported improvements and that people are not just feeling better because they are spending time relaxing.”

For the current study, magnetic resonance (MR) images were taken of the brain structure of 16 study participants two weeks before and after they took part in the eight-week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MSBR) Program at theUniversity of Massachusetts Center for Mindfulness . In addition to weekly meetings that included practice of mindfulness meditation — which focuses on nonjudgmental awareness of sensations, feelings, and state of mind — participants received audio recordings for guided meditation practice and were asked to keep track of how much time they practiced each day. A set of MR brain images was also taken of a control group of non-meditators over a similar time interval.

The analysis of MR images, which focused on areas where meditation-associated differences were seen in earlier studies, found increased gray-matter density in the hippocampus, known to be important for learning and memory, and in structures associated with self-awareness, compassion, and introspection.Participant-reported reductions in stress also were correlated with decreased gray-matter density in the amygdala, which is known to play an important role in anxiety and stress

It is fascinating to see the brain’s plasticity and that, by practicing meditation, we can play an active role in changing the brain and can increase our well-being and quality of life,” says ,Britta Holzel author of the paper and a research fellow at MGH and Giessen University in Germany. “Other studies in different patient populations have shown that meditation can make significant improvements in a variety of symptoms, and we are now investigating the underlying mechanisms in the brain that facilitate this change.”

Thanks to Harvard.edu where you can read the rest of this article.