Mind Power Issue #7
Issue #7 – Monday, April 18th, 2016
In this week’s issue of Mind Power I’m going to discuss the big problem with meditation (and the fascinating solution)…
And, today’s “Sixty-Second Secret” is about the negative effects of an unhealthy brain on your relationships (and of unhealthy relationships on your brain!).
Plus, I’ve got a challenge for you in the “Check It Out” section…
Uh oh! The Big Problem With Meditation
by Bill Harris
In these articles I’ve raved about the benefits of meditation. We’ve explored the brain waves of meditation—along with the increases in mental abilities, emotional health, spiritual connectedness, stress relief and physical well being associated with those brain wave patterns.
We’ve also looked at how meditation-induced physiological changes in the brain lead to dramatic increases in awareness.
I’ve also described how awareness creates choice—and that once you have a choice you’ll always choose what serves you and drop what doesn’t.
With enough awareness you can choose how you feel, how you behave, which people and situations you attract or become attracted to, and what meanings you assign to the events of your life.
Meditation → Awareness → Choice → You choose what serves you.
I’ve given you the cook’s tour of current meditation research, noting that meditation increases and widens your attention span, makes it easier to be aware of a situation, and creates objectivity in morally or emotional difficult situations.
Researchers have found that meditation creates “responsive, creative awareness” (a flow state)—a state of total absorption, where you experience what you’re doing as being deeply and significantly meaningful.
In this super-aware state, action and awareness merge. You have a sense of personal control or agency, and you know just what to do.
Meditation increases gray matter (neurons) in the brain, and white matter (what connects the neurons).
As a result, brain scans of long-time meditators show increased blood flow to areas involved in attention, awareness, calmness, creativity, compassion, and executive control.
Executive control allows regulation of reward anticipation, decision-making, empathy, impulse control, personality expression, social behavior, and emotional control (i.e., it creates choice).
There are significant health benefits of meditation, too:
- Meditaion lower cortisol levels (the stress hormone)…
- Deactivates the sympathetic nervous system (the source of “fight or flight”)…
- Activates the parasympathetic nervous system (the source of the “relaxation response”)…
- Lowers blood pressure, and…
- Causes many positive changes in important hormones and neurochemicals.
An impressive list of benefits!
But there’s a big problem with meditation.
Hardly anyone actual does it. Most people—even those who are convinced that it’s highly beneficial (you?)—find it time consuming and boring.
There’s a long learning curve, and most people quit before they see results. We know we should be meditating, but few of us make it a permanent part of our lifestyle.
In 2005 researcher Richard Davidson scanned the brains of Buddhist monks—and found the happiest and most aware brains anyone had ever seen.
These monks had meditated for 10,000 to 50,000 hours. If they did this over thirty years, that’s 55 minutes every day, on the low end, to 4 hours and 34 minutes per day on the high end.
Do the same over a mere twenty (or ten) years and you’d have to sit each day for a significant portion of your waking hours. Yikes!
Is there a solution? Thankfully, yes.
The brain wave patterns of meditation were mapped years ago. Then, in 1973, a researcher at Mt. Sinai Medical Center described a way to change brain wave patterns using certain precise combinations of sine wave audio tones.
A few people—including me—wondered if this method could be used to create the brain waves (and the benefits) of deep meditation.
Not only did it work, it worked so well that we were dumbfounded.
As long-time meditators, we knew what to expect. Meditation experiences we’d only glimpsed during traditional meditation became commonplace, and we finished each session high on our own neurochemicals.
User’s long-term results were even more impressive:
- Awareness increased dramatically—as the research predicted…
- Anger, anxiety, and depression dissolved…
- Personalities changed from intense to calm…
- Creativity and mental clarity skyrocketed…
- Users became more comfortable in their own skin…The research results described in these articles happened, but much more quickly than with traditional methods.
Four years later, in 1989, I created a structured way to use this technological approach (which I named Holosync®) and Centerpointe Research Institute was born.
Today, twenty-five years later, over 2.2 million people in 193 countries have used Holosync to create their own personal version of the results noted in the meditation studies I’ve cited.
Best of all, we’ve eliminated the daunting learning curve.
Because you meditate like a 30-year veteran every time, the benefits appear about 8x faster than with traditional meditation.
If you’d like to create the super-awareness of long-term meditation—and all the other benefits—but in a fraction of the time, we’re ready to help you do so.
Welcome to the new millennium.
Check it Out!
Holosync® is an amazing tool. I’ve already said a lot about it, and I think you get the point.
Rather than talk about it more, I want to let Holosync speak for itself. That’s why I’ve decided to challenge you to try Holosync.
I’ve put together what I call The 5-Day Holosync Challenge.
Once a day for 5 days you’ll watch a short video (the first video is just 3 minutes and 41 seconds long), then you’ll experience 14 minutes of world-famous brain-changing Holosync. I also encourage you to post your experiences and read what others have said.
I want you to find out how much your brain can be enhanced in only 5 days. I think you’ll be both amazed and impressed.
The 5-Day Holosync Challenge is easy, fun, and completely free.
Please accept my challenge and try Holosync for 5 days.
In general, those with healthy brains are more likely to have healthy relationships, and those with UNhealthy brains are more likely to have unhealthy relationships.
Healthy relationships also help us to better our brains. Safe and healthy attachments bolster the prefrontal cortex, while unsafe and unhealthy relationships do the opposite.
Without safety in a relationship, your sympathetic nervous system activates (the sympathetic nervous system is constantly on guard against possible dangers). This causes your adrenal gland to produce epinephrine and cortisol in preparation of fight or flight.
Your amygdala prepares too, causing you to feel stressed and alert. Your ability to concentrate decreases, and you experience physical problems as a result of your mental state (headache, irritability, insomnia, skin eruptions, irritable bowl problems, etc.)
Without a healthy brain, it is much more difficult for your prefrontal cortex to exercise control over your limbic system. (Your impulse control comes from your prefrontal cortex, and your limbic system is responsible for a fight or flight response.)
There are two fundamental ways to improve the quality of your relationships.
1) Nurture safe and healthy relationships, and end unsafe, unhealthy ones.
2) Improve the health of your brain.
As you now know (and probably could have guessed), making advantageous relationships decisions is considerably more difficult if your brain is unhealthy.
For this reason, the best way to improve your relationships is…
…to improve your brain.
A better brain leads to better relationships, which in turn enhances your brain.
“Awareness provides the solution to all human problems that actually have a solution. Why?
Because awareness creates choice, and once you have a choice you’ll always choose what serves you. When you increase your awareness, your life improves – every time.”
~ Bill Harris
This Really Happened…
“After being on the Centerpointe program for almost two years and attending two retreats, I am convinced that Centerpointe has developed the most effective transformational program on the market today.
I make this claim based not only my own experiences, but also the experiences of my spouse, my father, and one of my friends. They are also on the program.
For me to say that I have witnessed remarkable changes in myself and my loved ones would be the understatement of the millennium! Words cannot even begin to describe the depth of change that I have witnessed in myself and others.”
~ Jose Rodriguez, PhD, Downey, CA
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