This is something I have always wanted to do. But every time I would research it I would get so overwhelmed and confused. I would also try to sit on my own and stay focused but only to be so distracted and frustrated or to completely fall asleep.
One time I came across a research study about how to improve focus and memory. They made the claim that meditating for 15 minutes a day could had amazing positive cognitive results. So I began my meditation search. I even googled Christian meditation. It can be as simple as thinking a thought quietly for an extended period of time. But then I was faced with the daunting task of choosing what to think about. I considered certain words and then google placed this Felice Austin in my path.
She had two videos that I watched.
I don’t know about all the vibrations…. but I do like the four words that you say.
The four words are :
Saa – Infinity, cosmos, beginning
Taa- Life, existence
Naa- Death, change, transformation
Maa – Rebirth
Sounds like the plan of salvation to me… and faith, repentance and all things good. These were words I could say and still honor my faith and my God and get my brain benefits.
The second video explains how to do Kirtan Kryia
IN an article in Psycology Today, Susan Reynolds states
“The Alzheimer’s Research & Prevention Foundation… has been studying the effects yoga meditation has on the brain and discovered (confirmed, really) that a certain form of yoga meditation, known as Kirtan Kriya, can have immediate, long-term positive benefits for the brain. Practicing this simple twelve-minute yoga meditation has been shown to bring about the following benefits:
- Improve cerebral blood flow (help you think better).
- Improve blood flow to the posterior cingulated gyrus (improve memory retrieval).
- Increase activity in the frontal lobe (sharpen attention, concentration, and focus).
- Replenish vital neurotransmitters and brain chemicals, such as acetylcholine, norepinephrine, and dopamine (which help the brain function more smoothly).
- Increase energy levels, improve sleep quality, reduce stress (lower cortisol levels).
- Improve both short- and long-term psychological health and spiritual well being.”
Let me be really clear. I don’t use this type of meditation to replace prayers or scriptures. But I do believe that if I want to meditate on a thought, or a problem in my life it is good to practice being focused on something so positive. Infact, when I do this 15 minute mental workout I feel more in control of my emotions. Often when I situation is making me upset, I can push on my fingertips with my thumbs and remember I have already calmed myself today. I can choose to return to that state of calm. Just like I would jog, or walk, or dance to improve my physical health, I find it important to practice being focused, calm and thoughtful for at least fifteen minutes a day.
I found this video and this is the one I choose to do…
I also it use it with my children to help them calm down too.
I find when I practice mindfulness, I can apply it to other situations. I can, like Gordon B Hinckley said,
“study the ways of the Lord, reading His life and teachings in the sacred scripture He has given us. Let us take a little time to meditate, to think of what we can do to improve our lives and to become better examples of what a Latter-day Saint should be.”
I am interested to see how it goes for you. They say if you do 15 minutes for 30 days you can reap major cognitive benefits… let me know if you try.