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Benefits of Meditation and Profound Meditation 3.0Ubiquity University

1Table of ContentsBenefits of MeditationPhysical Health BenefitsPsychological BenefitsRelationship BenefitsSpiritual/Transformative BenefitsProfessional BenefitsCautions of MeditationBenefits of Brainwave Entrainment & iAwake MeditationCautions to the Use of Brainwave EntrainmentResources

2Benefits of MeditationThe benefits of meditation/mindfulness are many: physical, emotional/psychological, cognitive, transformational, relational and professional. In the next several slides well review some of the highlights.

Here are some resources you might also check out:

Meditation: What You Need to Know/United States National Institute of Health (NIH): http://nccam.nih.gov/health/meditation/Meditation: A Simple Way to Reduce Stress/Mayo Clinic: http://www.mayoclinic.org/meditation20 Scientific Reasons to Start Meditating Today/Psychology Today: http://www.psychologytoday.com/meditationHealth Benefits of Meditation/PsychCentral.com: http://psychcentral.com/2014Health BenefitsThe impact of stress on physical health is powerful some doctors will tell you that most of the issues they see are at the very least exacerbated by stress, if not caused by it. So including meditation into ones health regimen as a way of reducing stress can be very beneficial.

Research has found that meditation can:lower blood pressurestrengthen the immune systemsupport healthier heart functioningsupport better sleeppossibly decrease age related neural degeneration in parts of the brainincrease cortical thickness leading to improved neural communicationsupport pain management, decreasing need for medication

Sources: Mayo Clinic: http://www.mayoclinic.org WebMD: http://www.webmd.com International Journal of Behavioral Medicine: http://link.springer.com NIH: http://nccam.nih.gov/health/meditation/overview.htmPsychological benefits of meditationResearch has found that people who meditate experience:

greater happinessmore resilienceless symptoms of depressionless symptoms of anxiety related disorderslessened stress responseIncreased capacity for self-observationincreased emotion regulationincrease in emotional balanceincreased capacity for empathya maturing sense of moralitygreater between the sympathetic and parasympathetic systems

Sources: http://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/mindfulness-meditation-may-ease-anxiety-mental-stress-201401086967 Dr Heather Urry, Dr Andrew Newberg, Dr. Daniel Siegel5Relationship Benefitssupports more attuned communicationsupports more of a sense of social connectionhelps to increase emotional intelligencesupports more flexibility in response to stress leading to less conflictreduces feelings of lonelinessIncreases capacity for compassion and empathy

Spiritual/Transformative Benefits of Meditation

Check out these four short videos on Meditation and the Brain:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wdHRR_XuJQoMeditating can facilitate:

Deep feelings of peace and relaxationExperience of being in the present moment the power of NowDeep feelings of connection with all life unity experiencesClarity of thought and perspectiveDeep insights into self and the nature of realityIncreased empathy and compassionIncreased capacity to witness interior dimensiona stronger sense of purposeIncreased in access to intuitionEquanimity

Spiritual/Transformative Benefits of MeditationProfessional BenefitsReduces stressIncreases capacity for focus and concentrationIncreases productivityIncreases creativitySupports better decision-makingImproves teamworkFacilitates more self-awarenessGenerates a more positive mood (better morale)Decreased absenteeism due to stress/health

Sources: Meditating At Work/Noetic Sciences: http://www.noetic.org/noetic/issue-nineteen-february/meditating-at-work/ Forbes: How Meditation Can Make You a Better Leader: http://www.forbes.com/sites/insead/2014/01/28/how-meditation-can-make-you-a-better-leader/ Companies that Meditate/MBA: http://www.onlinemba.com/blog/10-big-companies-that-promote-employee-meditation/ Chopra Center: http://www.chopra.com/ccl/5-ways-meditation-can-benefit-businesses

Cautions to Meditation PracticeWhile meditation is generally experienced as an incredibly supportive and positive activity (though certainly challenging at times!), there are some cautions to consider:Forpeople who have significant trauma, meditating can trigger trauma re-experiencing, which in the short-term can be terrifying, though in the longer term is an opportunity for healing and integration. The key here is support and knowledge about responding effectively to the reactivation and using acceptance, releasing and integration strategies, particularly of a somatic nature.Meditation can be contra-indicated if the person has very weak ego strength and/or severe mental health issues which might lead to decompensating symptoms, such as chaotic thoughts, obsessive-compulsive patterns, suicidal thoughts, etc.If the person tends towards very negative thinking, meditation could initially exacerbate that pattern - so it would be important to help this person manage thiseffectively - ultimately its an opportunity for shifting the negative pattern. For some people meditation can even trigger whats called a dark night of the soul - a term that describes a harrowing experience of deconstruction of ones whole belief system and life structure. It has also been called a spiritual emergence - again ultimately cansignal a movement towards a next stage of growth but living through it can be quite the challenge. Again, knowledgeable support isvery important.

Benefits of Brainwave Entrainment & iAwakePeople who meditate with iAwake/brainwave entrainment accrue all the benefits of meditation but in addition:

Experience a faster shift into feelings of peace and relaxationFind it easier to establish and stay with the practice of meditation as the technology assists with the quieting and focus that can be frustrating in the initial stagesHelps to decrease monkey-mindMotivates to meditate: Gives people experiences of peace and insight that can normally take years to achieve Increases resilience: brainwave entrainment gently stimulates/stresses the brain, which causes it to adjust/adapt to the stress, as in chaos theoryImproves sleep the delta brainwaves in particular help people sleep betterCan trigger full-blown (or less dramatic) spiritual experiencesTends to facilitate intense and sometimes life-changing dreams particularly in the early phase of useInfuses creative expression and removes blocksBenefits of Brainwave Entrainment & iAwake(continued): People who meditate with iAwake/brainwave entrainment accrue all the benefits of meditation but in addition:

Often a marked decrease in depressive symptomsCan assist in supporting people in recovery from substance and process addictions in many ways, by helping to better manage cravings, enabling people to meditate who wouldnt normally be able to sit for very long, provides positive non-drug-oriented state experiences, increases self-observationdecrease in anxiety and trauma symptoms these can initially be exacerbated by the technology, but with continued use can decrease significantlyCan facilitate remarkable emotional release can initially bring these feelings to the fore, that can then be released with the aid of releasing techniquesHigher IQ - some studies have shown increase in IQ points after use of these technologiesIncreased cognitive flexibility more capacity to think outside the boxpotential spiritual-related experiencesSupports state training learning how to identify and work with different states of consciousnessBenefits of iAwakePeople who meditate with iAwake accrue all the benefits of meditation and brainwave entrainment meditation but in addition:

Report more of a sense of pull rather than the push associated with traditional brainwave entrainment programs easier to integrateiAwakes stimulation/recovery cycles in the technology, based on sports psychology, facilitate a more powerful yet more organic processiAwakes panning (EMDR-like)* supports release of constriction, trauma and emotional material more effectivelyiAwakes biofield component impacts the whole body, not just the brain, making for a more holistic entrainment effect.Includes Evolved Mind brainwave patterns discovered by Maxwell Cade scientist and biofieedback pioneer.Less invasive so works well with traditional meditation forms

*EMDR Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing effective in the treatment of trauma symptoms for many peopleCautions to Brainwave Entrainment & iAwake UsageSome Basics:Dont listen to these tracks and driveDo not listen to brainwave entrainment tracks for more than 2 hours a dayStay hydrated

These tracks canoccasionally trigger memories and experiences of past emotional trauma - this is normal and one of the gifts of the technology, so:Know this may happenHave a plan if this occurs. Use strategies you already know.Here are some simple guidelines:Allow yourself to fully feel the feelings that are arisingBecome aware of where in your body you feel these feelingsBracket the thoughts/memories associated with the feelings set them aside and just stay with the feelings and body sensationsEventually you will feel a sense of release which includes a kind of new spaciousness/emptiness and is often accompanied by new insight into the feeling experienceiAwakes manuals and website are full of resources for working with and releasing emotions and trauma. See the website for more details: http://www.iawaketechnologies.com

Cautions to Brainwave Entrainment & iAwake UsageOverwhelm - it is possible for people new to the technology or if it is used too much, that over stimulation can occur.Signs include:irritability,heightened