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Does Meditation Increase stress?

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Does meditation increase stress?

Does meditation increase stress?

Does Meditation Increase stress?

By Douglas Vermeeren

Often we hear regularly in our world that to think effectively we need to slow down and make our thoughts become still. We are told that as we learn techniques like mediation we will be able to become more in touch with our thoughts and they will become more productive. This is not entirely true.

 

While meditation has high value for your productive thinking processes it is only one kind or style of deliberate thought that our mind needs to cultivate for functioning at high levels.

 

In addition to mediative thinking there are two other productive thinking states I’d like to touch on, creative and constructive thinking. In the same way we bring out our different personalities in certain social settings, we also switch gears between different thinking styles depending on what a specific situation requires.

 

The Mediative Mode of Thinking – Mediative thinking is generally considered the kind of thinking that puts your mind at ease. While it can put a mind at ease research has demonstrated that it is not necessarily the mode of thinking that relieves the most stress. 1. In fact, research has demonstrated the opposite that often times when we are left to think on the problems of the moment they grow.

 

Example: A friend of mine who suffered a relationship breakdown and then a divorce confirmed that as she was left alone to think about what was going on it was near impossible to still her mind. In fact, the quiet moments often caused the intensity of her negative thinking to grow.

 

Depending on the current circumstances in your life mediation and being still is actually dangerous. (If you want to know where the true relief from stress comes, keep reading.)

 

Often those teaching mediation describe the most successful state of meditation is to think of nothing at all. It’s a lot harder than it sounds. The mind is always on a quest to solve, sort, prepare and repair. Clear thoughts won’t come until the mind has cleaned off the space to do so.

When the mind is clear and stable, meditation then becomes a very powerful tool. Mediation will allow us to reattach ourselves to the values, beliefs and feelings that are most important to us.

 

Meditation does have its place in building strong thinking. Generally this mode is also considered the recharge mode. It is where our empty cup is prepared to receive more. But if the cup is already full with significant problems it multiplies what is in the cup to overflowing.

 

When we are ready to receive more it comes most often through the next stage of deliberate thinking…

 

The Creative Mode of Thinking – When we are relaxed and feel safe, our mind begins to explore possibilities for our present and future. In a relaxed state our mind makes no judgements about what it is possible, it explores whatever it is drawn to. This is where much of our inspiration comes from.   Creativity has a certain liberating energy about it that can lift an individual to new levels of satisfaction.  Creative thinking is also employed every time we recognize a challenge or problem and begin to search for the solution in a spirit of hope. If we look at a problem in a negative way it becomes paralyzing and creative thought is stifled.  All problems are in fact invitations to creativity.   But the creativity only grows in an environment of hope.

 

Creation is our minds way of finding a path where there was nothing before and the method it uses to make sense of things which are otherwise disorganized.

 

All problems we encounter are really puzzles. Creativity is where we find the solutions.

 

When our mind becomes excited about creative possibilities it begins to look for a way to make them happen in real life…

 

The Constructive Mode of Thinking – The Constructive Mode of Thinking deals with the strategies, plans and organization to create the thoughts into reality. We begin to formulate the actions that will bring the thoughts into a tangible reality in our world.

 

The research demonstrates that this mode of thinking is in fact where most of our stress is relieved. As we get busy and engage our brain in tasks in the current moment our worries are put on pause. Our subconscious mind sorts them out while our conscious mind gets out of the way. The key to stress relieve or stilling the negative thinking in your mind is to get busy occupying your mind with a task that requires your thinking.

 

As we talk further about the process of how thoughts become things in the movie we will return to discuss more of this essential thinking mode.

 

Each of these modes is necessary. We can’t expect to have results if we spend all of our time in the mediation mode any more than to expect results if we spent all our time in the creative mode. Each of these modes are necessary and each are interconnected. You cannot fill the cup with creativity, unless it has been prepared in meditation and it cannot be prepared in meditation unless it has been emptied out in constructive thinking.

 

Douglas Vermeeren is the director of the SUCCEED Research Center which is dedicated to sharing research on the systems that top achievers use to create lasting success. Over the last decade Vermeeren has interviewed more than 400 of the world’s top achievers, including business leaders, celebrities and professional or Olympic athletes. Douglas Vermeeren is the author of Guerrilla Achiever (With Jay Levinson) and the creator of The Opus (with Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Dr. Joe Vitale, Dr. John Demartini, Dr. Sue Morter, Marci Shimoff, Bill Bartmann, Bob Doyle and Morris Goodman.) Currently Doug is completing another film entitled, How Thoughts Become Things. This film will explore the process of how our thoughts become manifest in our lives as reality.  For more on this film go to: www.HowThoughtsBecomeThings.com For more on Douglas Vermeeren go to: www.SucceedResearch.com Douglas Vermeeren can be reached for speaking engagements and training at 1.877.393.9496.

 

1.Track your happiness, November 15, 2010 Reported in Washington AFP.

 

Neuroscience of Success in Las Vegas Feb 11 &12

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Neuroscience of Success in Las Vegas Feb 11 & 12

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November 12, 2010 at 1:31 am

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Neuroscience of Success program coming to Las Vegas

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The Neuroscience of Success

How Thoughts Become Things

The Neuroscience of Success program coming to Las Vegas February 11 & 12th

Neuroscience is the study of cognition, thinking and processes of the brain. Neuroscience is one of the fastest growing interested areas in personal development today.

The Neuroscience of Success is training your cognition, thinking and brain for unmatched success. All real change begins internally first. This is the program to that will unlock those changes. When you have these tools not only will your life change, but your coaching practice will grow and you will become a recognized expert in your community on “How Thoughts Become Things.”

Through the Neuroscience of Success 2 day intensive you will learn how to make more money helping people:

  • Create change that lasts
  • Understand the 5 ways your brain learns and sorts information
  • Learn how to stay focused with goals that matter
  • Understand thinking processes of top achievers & use it to create their own success
  • Overcome negative and self-defeating thoughts
  • Recognize the three major filters that effect how you see everything
  • Understand the influences of geography and activity on your thinking
  • Learn the process of How Thoughts Become Things
  • And more!

This exclusive training program is the only one supported by the movie “How Thoughts Become Things.”

You will remember what happened when The Secret made the Law of Attraction popular in the main stream… everyone started teaching it and calling themselves a LOA expert. But very few were actually trained or had any previous experience with the Law of Attraction.

The problem: Those coached were not getting the real support that they needed to apply the principles of the Law of Attraction. Not so this time, only authorized and trained teachers will be associated with our program and you can be one of them!

Each event is limited to only 50 participants for maximum learning.

When the film is launched this course will be priced at $2000, if it is still offered. Our intention is to have all of our accredited coaches in place by then. For those who are interested to help us by joining with us from the beginning we are offering a special price with exclusive bonuses available only to our trainers.

Regular pricing $2000
Limited Time pricing
Only $997 for the first 50 registrants!

To register call the Succeed Research Center  1-877-393-9496

 

 

What do TV, the internet and video games have in common?

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Is watching TV a problem?

Is watching TV a problem?

What do TV, the internet and video games have in common?

By Douglas Vermeeren

 

Have you ever sat down at the internet and lost track of time? Hours have passed by and when you got up to walk away you really weren’t sure what you accomplished or where the time went? I have.

 

I have also seen the same thing occur as I sat watching TV with my family or watched my kids play video games.

 

While I am not against the occasional few hours spent in recreation doing enjoying a few TV shows or chatting with friends on Facebook I believe this is a problem that is tightening its grip on our society at large.

 

No longer is TV or the computer a matter of a few hours a week, but recent studies show that the average person is now spending between six and nine hours a day engaged in electronic activities. And we all know people that exceed even those estimations, these people are now being affectionately referred to in some circles as ‘netjunkies.’

 

Is this preoccupation with technology just wasting time or is there more to the story?

 

Research demonstrates that the issues go far deeper than just time gone missing. In fact, a recent report circulated through doctors offices and universities listed screen time as one of the key contributors to obesity in youth. As a result of this obesity the following side effects appear: Higher rates of diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, weaker muscles, weaker bones and trouble sleeping. 1

 

From a psychological point of view the thinking of these individuals also changed.

 

There was a significant increase in feelings of depression, a decline in social activity, mood changes, and an increase in feelings and thoughts of aggression.

 

And if you think that thoughts of aggression occur just because of involvement in a violent video game or TV show, try this:  The next time some one you know is watching a TV show or engaged in activity on the internet try and start a conversation. Instnat irritability!  More and more value is being placed in the activity on the screen rather than you, the person in the room.

 

Studies have also indicated that access to instant response or gratification on the internet has an effect on the cognitive processes of the brain. No longer do we invest effort and thought to consider and issue or find an answer, we expect the answers to be available at the push of a button.  Our thinking is done for us.

 

As an example, a recent survey indicated that many schools across the United States and Canada are lowering their expectations for things like spelling comprehension, because they acknowledge that students can rely on spell check programs and so forth. As a result that skill is diminished.

 

While there are consequences to overexposure to TV, the internet and video games they can be useful and beneficial when used with wisdom and balance. The recommended intake of these activities from most professionals is between one and two hours daily.

 

The biggest challenge with over indulgence in these activities is the same as any addictive behavior. These activities will rob you of your ability to reach your greatest potential and accomplish goals and achievements in your own life.

 

I recently listened to an audio CD titled, “Turn off the TV and get a life.”  I have seen this actually happen for many people. They turned off the TV and amazing things began to happen in their life.

 

The results have been wonderful: Books have been written, new talents have been developed and real-world adventures have begun. As I conducted my studies of the 400 world’s top achievers I met one individual who created a fortune in his business by just learning how to use his non-productive TV, internet and video game time in new ways. You can do the same.

 

The majority of successes created in the virtual world provides no recognition in the real world.

 

You can either watch someone on the TV live a their life, live a fake virtual life on the internet or you can turn everything off and go create a real life, with real results, in the real world where the possibilities are endless.

 

 

 

Douglas Vermeeren is the director of the SUCCEED Research Center which is dedicated to sharing research on the systems that top achievers use to create lasting success. Over the last decade Vermeeren has interviewed more than 400 of the world’s top achievers, including business leaders, celebrities and professional or Olympic athletes. Douglas Vermeeren is the author of Guerrilla Achiever (With Jay Levinson) and the creator of The Opus (with Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Dr. Joe Vitale, Dr. John Demartini, Dr. Sue Morter, Marci Shimoff, Bill Bartmann, Bob Doyle and Morris Goodman.) Currently Doug is completing another film entitled, How Thoughts Become Things. This film will explore the process of how our thoughts become manifest in our lives as reality.  For more on this film go to: www.HowThoughtsBecomeThings.com For more on Douglas Vermeeren go to: www.SucceedResearch.com Douglas Vermeeren can be reached for speaking engagements and training at 1.877.393.9496.

 

1. Too much screen time? What’s the big deal?, Health care brochure, Written by Nancy Calhoun, Title #5557 Journey works publishing.