Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Of Body And Mind, And Deep Meditation 

Of Body And Mind, And Deep Meditation

Note: It's old, very old, and it's almost a cliche, but we are not body, mind, and spirit. We are body-mind-spirit. Unfortunately, in most of the modern world, the spirit part has been relegated to being less important than the other two. What is it that exists when the mind is still? Who are you when not your job, family, personality, and hobbies? Ancient sages said that what that is can't be named or spoken of by words of the mouth. Yet it is something that can be experienced. This study shows that even bumping up against that experience can have profound physiological and health enhancing effects. And that it doesn't have to be unpleasant or a struggle. This is important.

Chinese researchers have unlocked the mechanism of an emerging mind-body technique that produces measurable changes in attention and stress reduction in just five days of practice.

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IBMT avoids struggles to control thought, relying instead on a state of restful alertness, allowing for a high degree of body-mind awareness while receiving instructions from a coach, who provides breath-adjustment guidance and mental imagery and other techniques., while soothing music plays in the background. Thought control is achieved gradually through posture, relaxation, body-mind harmony and balanced breathing. A good coach is critical, Tang said.

"Life is full of stress, and people need to learn methods to handle stress and improve their performance," Tang said. "There is physical training but we wanted to see about mental training. This method appears to have benefit for the modern society where the pace is fast."

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