In a day and age where medication is not cheap, and prescription drugs kill 100,000 people each year, it’s time we embrace a cheaper and more natural alternative form of healing into our medical community.
When Samantha Keen worked as a Financial Journalist, the intensity resulted in Chronic Fatigue, which she overcame with meditation research and practice. Her practical and effective methods have helped clients thrive in demanding environments for over 15 years. I am very enthusiastic to be part of the Wall Street Coach’s launch of meditation and executive coaching. Meditation is now a part of a broader trend that corporations across America are beginning to include in their programs, thereby giving their teams a competitive edge while improving their employee’s skillset at managing highly stressful environments.
In my 15 years experience with meditation, about the same time spent working as a financial journalist, and 10+ years of working with clients in coaching and therapy formats, I find the combination of these techniques help people make the shifts they need in their lives and therefore help them achieve long lasting goals. It is always great to find out that there is independent “proof” that this works, even though I have my own experience as proof. One of the country’s leading spokespeople on meditation, Jon Kabat-Zinn, the founding executive director of the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, published a paper in 2003 showing that if you took people in a high tech work setting under very high levels of stress and trained them in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) in a randomized clinical trial, they showed a shift in activity in the prefrontal cortex (PFC) in particular locations that earlier work had shown was related to the processing of emotion while under stress. As part of the team at The Wall Street Coach we have put together a program for executives that combines meditation with coaching techniques especially formatted to reduce stress, improve your ability to focus and find big picture goals or direction. The coaching side of our method then allows you to find strategies to bring these experiences into life, combining both the logical or rational mind with the deeper parts of yourself. One of the most profound moments working with any client for me is when we achieve that shift into the intuitive parts of consciousness, sometimes referred to as states of Being.
While this combination of coaching and meditation is a new phenomenon, the incorporation of meditation into the corporate environment is not new.
This particular project worked so well because we had the leader and the team in for three evening sessions of three hours each, and they were able to repeat the techniques in team meetings for 10 minutes a day for over six months after we worked together. Meditation in a group is fantastic for building team work, as long as everyone in the group is on board and really wants to do it. Still, it is good to know that it is not just our team that provides these results, there are many studies showing that people get a lot out of meditation-style techniques. The benefits of meditation combined with coaching makes this an exhilarating launch, and we are excited that it also precedes the attention that Kim’s new book, Transforming Wall Street: A Conscious Path for a New Future, will illicit.
There are many benefits to meditation and I’ve found the benefits outlined in this graphic are real.
Life is challenging; from April 2013 through 2014 included the most challenging times of my 45 year life.
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Recipestable is a website where I share my thoughts about food, recipes, family cooking stories, cooking and baking tips several days a week for you to enjoy. Thank you for stopping by my family food blog where you can find well-crafted recipes for the home cook. 90% of all diseases and illnesses are either caused or aggravated by stress, and meditation is a great way to restore balance in your body. The combination of meditation skills with coaching is exciting to me because it is a new and innovative way to help executives defeat stress, succeed in their pursuit of big picture life goals, while connecting them to a deeper sense of satisfaction and well-being. Studies do show that meditation-based techniques give people fundamental changes of consciousness.
The MBSR group shifted from having more right-sided activation in the PFC to more left-sided activation. There are many styles of meditation, so here we use meditation techniques to take you into the core of your own knowing, beyond the rational mind which often gets stuck with logical thinking, and into the more creative parts of your consciousness where the magic of insight happens. This unique combination of skills allows you to make changes in your life that are profound, practical and lasting because the shift comes from the inside-out. The experience is touching every time, but the reward comes when I see people use this bigger magnitude of themselves to achieve real and lasting change, whether personal or professional. Many financial firms are introducing meditation of one kind or another for their employees, some with significant positive results.
Up until 1983, only three peer-reviewed studies on meditation had ever been published, according to the article To Make a Killing on Wall Street, Start Meditating, by Katherine Burton and Anthony Effinger published on Bloomberg News May 28, 2014. Among other functions, the prefrontal cortex processes sensory information, handles rational decisions and regulates the amygdala, the structure that feeds our fight-or-flight instinct,” according to Burton and Effinger. Kim speaks about the importance of meditation and mindfulness in this book and I think you will be surprised and inspired when you read it. A shift in consciousness causes a shift in biology, and when you are peaceful and calm during meditation, you release chemicals such as seratonin, oxytocin, and dopamine which help stabilize the immune system. For example, in just 8 weeks of meditation the brain can be re-wired, which improves the ability to learn. Leaders have told me these techniques give them the ability to see strategy, the big picture, and work creatively with their team from a whole different level. Our whole approach is crafted to give you a new level of vision or insight into yourself and your life, and then provide perspective enabling you to take practical steps in your life or career that will create lasting change. Some traders have seen almost a 1000% increase in their performance,” said Brett Traynor, then Director Saxon Financials, Singapore.


By 2013, there were more than 1,300 studies showing an almost absurd number of benefits, from alleviating anxiety, depression and insomnia to reducing heart disease and speeding recovery from psoriasis, according to Burton and Effinger. Is that just reports from people doing it for 10 years, or are there good scientific studies showing specific benefits that I care about?In this massive article I have summarized several scientific discoveries on the benefits of meditation.
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It also improves memory skills, creates better executive decision-making and opens up new perspectives; all important functions to have yet it also helps you to run at optimal levels even when under stress, according to studies from Massachusetts General Hospital. To quote Albert Einstein, “You cannot solve a problem from the same consciousness that created it. Over 100 studies were analyzed (some of which are in themselves analysis of other hundreds of studies), and categorised the findings into 76 benefits (divided into 46 subheadings). As with any form of meditation, mindfulness is probably the biggest benefit of chakra meditation.
As you sit there, feeling the flow of white light through the portion of your body corresponding to each chakra, you become more aware of the energy channels (nadii) in your body. This leads to more awareness of the slightest change to your body, even when you’re not meditating.
There are over 3,000 scientific studies on the benefits of meditation, but I have not found any blog that compiles hundreds of researches into an organized article, so I decided to fill in the gap.These studies were based on different types of meditation, and I have included details, whenever relevant. Some effects, such as increased compassion and social bonding, are more salient as a result of specific meditation techniques (such as loving-kindness, which is a Buddhist meditation). Chakra meditation works on the concept that your body knows how to heal, but it needs to be brought into a state conducive for it. However, my understanding and personal practice is that any kind of authentic meditation will include most of these benefits, in one degree or another. One reason your chakras are not spinning properly is because of all the negative energy you’re subjecting yourself to in your daily life.
Chakra meditation relieves your mind of all those damaging and self sabotaging thoughts and gives you more confidence to achieve your dreams.5. Good to take it every day.Click To TweetMindfulness practices decreases depressionIn a study conducted at five middle schools in Belgium, involving about 400 students (13 ~ 20 years old), Professor Filip Raes concludes that “students who follow an in-class mindfulness program report reduced indications of depression, anxiety and stress up to six months later. Speaking of dreams, one can hardly expect to see clearly ahead when your vision is blocked by clouds of unwanted thoughts and ideas. Moreover, these students were less likely to develop pronounced depression-like symptoms.” Another study, from the University of California, made with patients with past depression, concluded that mindfulness meditation decreases ruminative thinking and dysfunctional beliefs.
Yet another concludes that mindfulness meditation may be effective to treat depression to a similar degree as antidepressant drug therapy”.
During chakra meditation, you may marvel at the beautiful arrangement of the chakra rainbow within our body.
Another research concludes that mindfulness meditation may be effective to treat anxiety to a similar degree as antidepressant drug therapy. While several books have been written on the topic, few people realize how much we can manifest using just the power of our minds. Chakra meditation requires you to focus your mental energies and through it, bring about balance in your body.
This can be applied to anything in life, and you gain the confidence that if you will it, you can achieve it.8. Meditators were more able to “attend moment-to-moment to the stream of stimuli to which they are exposed and less likely to ‘get stuck’ on any one stimulus.
Anger is a strong, negative emotion that is usually triggered when there is an imbalance in your world.
There are other studies as well, for which I simply present the link below, to avoid repetition. With chakra meditation, your chakras open up and a sense of equilibrium is restored in your body. At the end of it, MRI scans show that the grey matter concentration increases in areas of the brain involved in learning and memory, regulating emotions, sense of self, and having perspective.
This way, you can respond and help in the right manner which leads to more loving relationships and a happy home.10. The results suggest that:Meditation provides at least a short-term performance improvement even in novice meditators.
In long term meditators, multiple hours spent in meditation are associated with a significant decrease in total sleep time when compared with age and sex matched controls who did not meditate.
Another study demonstrated that even with only 20 minutes a day of practice, students were able to improve their performance on tests of cognitive skill, in some cases doing 10 times better than the group that did not meditate. They also performed better on information-processing tasks that were designed to induce deadline stress.
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Scientists suspect that gyrification is responsible for making the brain better at processing information, making decisions, forming memories and improving attention.


Ron Alexander reports in his book Wise Mind, Open Mind that the process of controlling the mind, through meditation, increases mental strength, resilience, and emotional intelligence. What they discovered is that the Zen meditation (called zazen) practitioners reported less pain.
So, even though their brain may be receiving the same amount of pain input, in their mind’s there is actually less pain. Both before and after meditation training, study participants’ brain activity was examined using ASL MRI, while pain was inflicted in them by using heat. These neural relationships may be involved in the development of cognitive skills, such as maintaining attention and disengaging from distraction. Moreover, the benefits of the practice were observed also in normal state of consciousness during the day, which speaks to the transference of cognitive abilities “off the cushion” into daily life. In a research conducted by the University of Washington and University of Arizona, Human Resource personnel were given 8 weeks of training in either mindfulness meditation or body relaxation techniques, and were given a stressful multitasking test both before and after training. The group of staff that had practiced meditation reported lower levels of stress and showed better memory for the tasks they had performed; they also switched tasks less often and remained focused on tasks longer.
In an experiment conducted by the University of California, a stream of random letters was shown in a computer screen, in rapid succession.
In each session, one or two numbers or blank screens would appear in the middle, and participants were later asked, immediately after the stream ended, to type the numbers they saw. Subjects that had undergone 3 months of intense Vipassana Meditation were found to have a better control over the distribution of attention and perception resources. They showed less allocation of brain-resource for each letter shown, which resulted in reduction in “attentional-blink” size. Participants who had followed the practice performed better in a task where they were asked to creatively come up with new ideas. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.Click To TweetMeditation reduces risk of heart diseases and strokeMore people die of heart diseases in the world than any other illness.
In a study published in late 2012, a group of over 200 high-risk individuals was asked to either take a health education class promoting better diet and exercise or take a class on Transcendental Meditation. During the next 5 years researchers accompanying the participants found that those who took the meditation class had a 48% reduction in their overall risk of heart attack, stroke and death.
They noted that meditation “significantly reduced risk for mortality, myocardial infarction, and stroke in coronary heart disease patients.
These changes were associated with lower blood pressure and psychosocial stress factors.” There are also other researches pointing out similar conclusions, about related health conditions. More specifically, it was noted reduced levels of pro-inflammatory genes, which in turn correlated with faster physical recovery from a stressful situation. One of them received mindfulness training, while the other received nutritional education, exercise and music therapy.
The study concluded that mindfulness techniques were more effective in relieving inflammatory symptoms than other activities that promote well-being. As a result, the researchers found significant improvement in the overall health status of the participants and in symptoms of stiffness, anxiety, and depression. They are also the cells that are attacked by HIV, the devastating virus that causes AIDS and has infected roughly 40 million people worldwide.
Now, researchers at UCLA report that the practice of mindfulness meditation stopped the decline of CD4 T cells in HIV-positive patients suffering from stress, slowing the progression of the disease. Participants in the eight-week group showed no loss of CD4 T cells, indicating that mindfulness meditation training can buffer declines.
In contrast, the control group showed significant declines in CD4 T cells from pre-study to post-study. According to a study from Emory University, such exercises effectively boost one’s ability to empathize with others by way of reading their facial expressions. Another study points out that the development of positive emotions through compassion builds up several personal resources, including “a loving attitude towards oneself and others, and includes self-acceptance, social support received, and positive relations with others”, as well as “feeling of competence about one’s life” and includes “pathways thinking, environmental mastery, purpose in life, and ego-resilience”.
These results suggest that this easily implemented technique may help to increase positive social emotions and decrease social isolation”. In a similar situation, the practitioners also experienced decreased level of worry and emotional suppression. Mindfulness For Kids Mindfulness is the hottest thing in education since the advent of the blackboard.
As a beginner who is just starting to practice meditation and struggling to find motivation, these articles help me make a lot. In a couple of places, though, I read that meditation has only been found to be harmful for certain people with extreme cases of psycotic disorder.So, in general, it’s a pretty safe practice.Are you aware of any negative effect that you would like to share about?



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