Together with my partner I have just had one of the greatest experiences – along with 500 fellow international students – I participated in a 4.5 day workshop/retreat with Dr Joe Dispenza (http://www.drjoedispenza.com) in Cabo San Lucas Mexico.
Dr Joe has written some fantastic books (which I highly recommend) including: “Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself” and “You Are the Placebo” and has many great free talks online – take 11 minutes and 50 seconds of your day to watch this: http://youtu.be/6lbnrRqBjgE.
In June this year we attended a two-day Progressive Workshop with Dr Joe in Melbourne Australia and loved the content and quality of delivery so much we decided a 4-day Advanced Workshop was an experience we wanted to have – we chose Mexico.
Throughout the 4.5 days in Mexico we meditated 3 times a day, learnt about quantum physics and connected with like-minded souls committed to creating their best life. During one meditation we experienced Time Dilation which resulted in a 4-hour meditation feeling like a 2-hour meditation.
Before the workshop we both chose to participate in their research and were both selected to be involved in the brain mapping research managed through Thought Genius (http://thoughtgenius.com/brain-health/). Brain mapping included wearing an EEG (Electroencephalography) cap which measured our brainwave activity during a 10 minute meditation pre-retreat and 4 minute meditation post-retreat.
The safe procedure helps in learning how healthy our brains were pre and post retreat – and the differences shown in the brain after meditating three times each day for 4 days. It brings science into the equation to show the benefits of meditation on the brain. I can’t wait to see the report when it is ready.
In addition, during the retreat we both chose to participate in HeartMath research which was managed through the Institute of HeathMath (https://www.heartmath.org). The HeartMath research involved wearing a heart rate monitor for 24 hours – so no showering or swimming during that time. There is an image below of how it is attached to the body.
From the Institute of HeartMath website: “Clinical studies and other research have established that heart rate variably can be an effective measure for health assessments’, “HRV assessment can validate the effect of various interventions on autonomic function, including pharmacological, conventional or complementary interventions”. I am looking forward to seeing this report also including how our heart rate changed throughout the 24 hours during sleep and meditation.
I have been meditating on-and-off for several years with my first real experience at a silent retreat in India in 2004. Over the past 3 years I have meditated on a much more regular basis and feel the benefits on a personal level (I also know how I feel when I haven’t meditated for a while).
When I meditate regularly I function at a higher level personally and professionally, make better decisions and am calmer and happier. I am confident the reports will back-up what I already know about meditation – to live healithier and happier lives, we should all be doing it every day.
To start seeing and feeling the benefits of meditation you can choose any of the following:
Firstly though, turn off all electronic equipment and remove all distractions including asking family members or house mates not to interrupt.
> Close your eyes and sit in absolute silence for 10 minutes. If possible do not move any muscle in your body. Repeat each day. You can also increase the time by 5 minutes each week as you become more comfortable and confident meditating.
> Download meditation music e.g. The sounds of the beach, forest birds or instrumental sounds, set your timer and sit in silence for 10 to 30 minutes each day. Repeat daily.
> Download a guided meditation from an online store – e.g. Dr Joe has some 40 minute to 1hr guided meditations which I use, however, I do recommend reading his book first, especially if you are new to meditation.
Meditating first thing in the morning when you wake up or just before you go to bed has the greatest benefits, however, if you need clarity during the day then that is the perfect time to spend 10 minutes connecting with your heart and mind.
Love and light (from Mexico),
P.s. Below are a couple photos from our Mexico workshop including wearing our EEG caps and the beach sunrise following our morning walking meditation (which was an absolute highlight from the workshop).