4 scientific studies reveal our progress towards enlightenment
Brain researchers are opening up the whole topic of the benefits of meditation and the process of spiritual enlightenment in many studies.
This story from “The Mind Unleashed” covers this topic.
The author says that he thinks perhaps meditation increases creativity. My response is “For Sure!” As we drop the restrictions of the social conditioning from the mind we suddenly see far more potential in the world and we act upon it. It is like blinkers being dropped from a horse. We suddenly see a far bigger picture.
Lets take an extreme example. A person brought up in Afghanistan under the Taliban would have certain beliefs about life, and their role in life as a women. Plonk them in the planning meeting of “Oprah” magazine, with all those creative women and they would be shocked at their potential to think outside the box, express, share and expand their horizons.
What I am saying is that we are often blind to our ultimate potential because we don’t have a frame of reference. In these stories we hear about how meditation is proving the expansion that people have described and experienced for themselves for millenia. So get to it! Meditate! Spiritual enlightenment is yours for the grasping!
“Is meditating a good way to increase creativity? Maybe, but it depends on what kind. Researchers at Leiden University in the Netherlands looked at the way two types of meditation — focused-attention (for example, focusing on your breath) and open-monitoring (where participants focus on the both the internal and external) — affected two types of creative thinking — the ability to generate new ideas and solutions to problems. In a study published in April 2012 in Frontiers in Cognition, they revealed that the participants who practiced focused-attention meditation did not show improved results in the two creativity tasks. However, those who practiced open-monitoring meditation did perform better at task related to coming up with new ideas. [Meditation Research]
Researchers at UCLA wanted to study the brains of people who had been meditating for years, versus those who had never meditated or who had only done it for a short period of time. They took MRI scans of 100 people — half meditators and half non-meditators. They were fascinated to find that long-time meditators showed higher levels of gyrification (a folding of the cerebral cortex that may be associated with faster information processing). In a study published in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience in February of 2012, they shared that, the more years a person had been meditating, the more gyrification their MRIs revealed. [UCLA Newsroom]”
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There you have it! Proven! Meditation is one of the major keys to living a spiritually enlightening life!
And to continue the excitement, here is a video about brain research and higher consciousness. CLICK HERE. This video is from a brain researcher in the UK who did work in meditation and the brain. her results are outstanding!