Test subjects taking part in an 8-week program of mindfulness meditation showed results that astonished even the most experienced neuroscientists at Harvard University.
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Today we’re going to look at the self-development side of English, exploring the different ways in which the practice of MEDITATION can help you improve your English. I’m also going to provide some resources for people interested in learning more about meditation. Before we talk about more English and meditation, it’s important to give a general overview of what meditation is. Sitting down in a quiet place (for optimal energy flow, cross your legs, but that isn’t always necessary. Focusing your attention on your normal breath, a mantra, prayer, or even a candle or some other physical object. A psycho-technology that is scientifically proven to dramatically improve mental functioning and psychological development. If you’re interested in learning more about the specific technique, you can find more information at the bottom on what it is, how to do it, and other articles on meditation and language learning.
When you first start meditating, one of your first realizations is that you have difficulty concentrating.
The first skill you develop with meditation is concentration, and this will gradually calm the many conflicting voices and help you remain present and focus on what’s happening around you. This is extremely important for speaking and listening to people in English and for the next advantage, a strong memory. I have one student that was so spacey and fairly inconsistent with her English, sometimes speaking well, and sometimes really having difficulty. The English learners who benefit the most in this way usually have a problem with attention, and the byproduct of that is a poor memory. This is great for every area of life, but if you apply it to English, you no longer feel constrained or scared to speak.
As an English teacher, one of the biggest barriers I see (especially in women) is that people are controlled by their fears. Because you choose to sit down and look at your mind, you start to understand how it works, and over the weeks, months, and years, you will experience immense growth in your ability to understand your mental processes, and those of other people too. In the meantime, it would be really cool to see you participate with thousands of others in the Real Life English International Community.
I attribute a lot of the success I’ve attained in other areas of my life to all of the meditation I did when I was younger. Meditation especially helps with your ability to stay focused while trying to understand someone speaking a foreign language.
Lucid dreaming has become immensely popular over the past few years, and for some good reasons! Sleep paralysis kicks in once Ia€™m relaxed enough – and the feeling of it usually forces me back awake. The first thing I ALWAYS do as soon as I realize Ia€™m lucid is put my face right up to the ground!


To successfully induce lucid dreaming takes practice, and the progression of surpassing our fears. Join tens of thousands of doctors, health professionals and patients who receive our newsletters. It is common knowledge that the brain deteriorates as we age, causing functional impairments.
Past research has also associated meditation with improved cognitive functions, such as attention, memory and processing speed. Using high-resolution magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), the researchers scanned the brains of each participant.
While the researchers identified reduced gray matter with increasing age - as they expected - they were surprised to find that individuals in the meditation group showed significantly lower gray matter loss in numerous brain regions, compared with those in the non-meditation group. The team notes that this study did not account for other potential confounding factors, such as participants' lifestyle choices, personality and genetic brain differences, so they are unable to prove a causal association between meditation and reduced deterioration of gray matter. In January 2014, a study published in the journal Topics in Cognitive Science suggested that our brains slow down as we age as a result of greater experience, not cognitive decline. Please use one of the following formats to cite this article in your essay, paper or report:MLAWhiteman, Honor. For any corrections of factual information, or to contact our editorial team, please see our contact page. Please note: Any medical information published on this website is not intended as a substitute for informed medical advice and you should not take any action before consulting with a health care professional. Practitioners develop the ability to recognise when thoughts arise, and observe them in a detached manner, without the need to become involved in them (thus not triggering an emotional or "automatic" reaction).
If you think of your brain as the hardware, and the mind as the software, it’s as if you’re running a super sophisticated program that actually changes the hardware. They don’t speak fluently because the program (English) is currently too heavy, and their brain just can’t work fast enough. There are many techniques, and although I’m not a meditation instructor, I’ve been practicing almost every day for 7 years.
Improved Concentration: Meditation helps you develop a razor sharp concentration for whatever you’re doing.
Your mind is full of thoughts about the past and future, desires and fears, things you’re excited and worried about. Improved Memory: With increased concentration, and other aspects of improved mental functioning that meditation brings, you will drastically improve your memory. Her mental software was functioning so much better, and she didn’t have to think nearly as much about the words she was about to say. These are people who have a natural inclination to be “spacey” (very distracted).  They space out (think about other things, daydream), they get distracted really easily, and this does not help your English. Improved Self-Confidence: With consistent meditation, you develop the capacity to observe your thoughts and emotions, and with time you learn to stop reacting to them.
Improved Self-Awareness: A final area where meditators improve their English is their own self-awareness. The idea of a€?emerging into the new paradigma€™ translates into the sharing of new ideas that were once deemed too taboo. Ita€™s easier for me to start lucid dreaming after Ia€™ve fallen asleep, as to skip the sleep paralysis step. For a lot of people, it isna€™t just blackness they see, its endless static of energy all subtlety buzzing around.
An image starts out as a tiny dot in the center of my vision then rushes into me and I plunge into a different world.


Going over your past dreams just before you go to sleep helps refresh and focus the feeling of being lucid. Florian Kurth of the Brain Mapping Center at the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA), found meditation may be associated with better preservation of gray matter in the brain - the neuron-containing tissue responsible for processing information.
In November last year, a study from Canadian researchers found meditation may have cellular benefits for breast cancer survivors, while an earlier study found it may be effective for reducing pain, anxiety and depression. Of these, 50 had meditated for between 4 and 46 years and 50 had never engaged in the practice. Our article looks at the different types of neuropathy, together with the causes, symptoms and treatments.
Actually, both the hardware and the software become more sophisticated, faster, stronger, and less problematic. With meditation, you’ll be able to learn more and express yourself better because you’ll be more present and your thinking more focused. With this attitude, confidence will quickly grow, and you will stop listening to the voice of fear. For signing up, you get the first two chapters of our popular new e-book “101 Words You’ll Never Learn in School” for free. When I find the center point of my vision, I can make the flat image of darkness look like a 3D room with a lot of depth to it.A  If I can focus on that without completely falling asleep, I can slip into lucid dreaming.
It feels like therea€™s so much pressure I cana€™t breathe and I usually turn my head to the side and wake up. In the moment, it makes sense to manifest something to fly with that helps me, and for some reason a plastic bag does the job.
When I read my old dream descriptions, a flood of memories and images come back like I had JUST had that dream.
When we see the value of the connection between us all, we can interact on the astral dimension! But before you panic, a new study suggests a potential way to reduce such deterioration: meditation. Kurth and colleagues set out to see whether there is an association between meditation and brain tissue - specifically gray matter - that may help explain these previous findings.
Ita€™s always scary and uncomfortable – Ia€™m still learning how to fully get through it.
It reassures me what Ia€™m doing is possible, but if the doubt remains present then Ia€™ve lost control.
There’s nothing better you could do to improve your life and improve your English at the same time.
The astral plane exists right here, intertwined with the third dimension on a slightly higher frequency. Ia€™m scared to fall and feel pain while lucid because I dona€™t fully believe that I control it. Imagine hanging out with everyone you know, seeing past their physical being and loving them, for they are you. I also like to look at my hands and body to confirm Ia€™m really experiencing it – although Ia€™ve never remembered to look at myself in the mirror.



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