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Meditation and Oxytocin to Boost Positive Emotions

Meditation and oxytocin hormone are linked with positive emotions. Meditation generates oxytocin hormone and the oxytocin generates positive emotions.  Emotional warmth associated with loving kindness meditation (LKM) produces the hormone, oxytocin. The most common positive emotions as joy, gratitude, serenity, interest, Read more….

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Yoga and Meditation for Balancing the Insula of the Brain

Insula of the brain is one of the most vital components of the brain which controls our health and wellness. Meditation along with yoga helps the insula to work efficiently. Researchers observed that greater right anterior insular gray matter volume the greater is the accuracy in the subjective sense of the inner body, and with the negative emotions developed by the mind. .. Insula continuously scans the physiological state of the entire body and then generates subjective feelings. In vipassana meditation, when we observe the bodily sensations, we activate our insula. Through awareness meditation we gradually develop more gray matters in the brain, which provides a framework that is higher than the normal insula. Insular cortex continuously receives signals from receptors in the skin and internal organs like gut, heart and the lungs. Continue reading

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Effect of Yoga and Meditation on Emotional Intelligence

Emotional-Intelligence and Yoga Yoga trains us to pay attention specifically to the feelings in the body during the movement. For effective emotional intelligence we need to bring our awareness first to the body and then to the mind.  Yoga prepares Read more….

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Empathy, Meditation and Loving Kindness

Empathy, meditation and loving kindness are intimately interconnected. What is empathy? The love of Mother Teresa, the love of Dalia Lama are the examples of empathy. Empathy is that aspect of human quality, which makes people to be kind towards other. Empathy is the mental capacity to experience the emotions, thoughts, feelings, or state of another person. It is the capacity to truly understand another person’s point of view. There are two major elements to empathy. The first is the cognitive component: Understanding the others feelings and the ability to take their perspective and the second element to empathy is the affective component. This is an observer’s appropriate emotional response to another person’s emotional state. Empathy are influenced by the environment, hormones and the genes. People with the “GG” gene displayed more caring and trusting nonverbal behaviors, like smiles, love, head nods, and eye contact, while listening to a loved one describe a time of suffering. Vipassana meditation loving kindness and yoga meditation all are interlinked. If one is missing, one can not complete the other. Although genes and environments are related to empathy, positive empathy and loving kindness meditation is a good way to expand the consciousness. Continue reading

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Meditation and Metacognition: Ancient Wisdom and Modern Research

Cognition is the ability to retrieve knowledge from memory. Self-monitoring of knowledge is subject of research for modern neuro-scientists. It was also the topic of meditation in ancient eastern traditions. What is Metacognition? Metacognition is your knowledge about what you know. It Read more….

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Nine Friends of Meditation: How to Meditate? Part- III

How to Meditate? Meditation is to conquer the inner enemies.  Negative emotions like anger, hatred, fear, jealousy are these enemies. To conquer the enemies, you need friends. The nine friends of meditation are the subject of this article. Meditation is to experience Read more….

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Overcoming the Nine Obstacles of Meditation

In the beginning of meditation, mind is not stable. Generally, mind always looks for some external support. Often mind is under the influence of emotions. Meditation improves little by little as we progress forward on the path.  The Buddha taught Read more….

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