I found an explanation of why this could be so in Time magazine, of all places. A University of Wisconsin professor, Richard Davidson, who Time had honored as one of the “100 People Who Shape Our World,” was actually asked by the Dalai Lama to study the connection between the meditative state of mind of his Buddhist monks and their emotional and mental health.
Davidson first hooked 128 electrodes to the head of a French-born monk, Mattieu Ricard, and recorded an immediate increase in the gamma activity when the monk began to meditate. Later studies with a control
group showed that “monks produce gamma waves that were thirty times stronger than the control group.”
But what does all this mean? Simply put, this and other research unveils the real possibility that the brain, like the rest of the body, can be altered intentionally. Just as we build muscle through exercise, we can also build our mental capacities that can lead to better brain function and an increase in essential cognitive functions, including memory and perception. This all creates a more positive mental state—and that’s what in turn creates more productive gamma brain waves.
Whether it’s for work or play, family or friend, we all need more energy, especially as we age. So here you go. Here’s a list of TWELVE proven ways to boost your energy:
- Set exciting goals that will put your BIG dreams into action—and be sure to add a timeframe and an exciting game plan to those goals.
- A daily “to do” list, looked at or thought about in the morning adds extra energy to your day.
- Eat more nutritious foods.
- Drink Green Tea to overcome a mid-morning slump.
- Get plenty of exposure to natural light.
- Ease your stress by simplifying your life and mainly or exclusively pursue your life’s priority items. Delegate the rest.
- Heal yourself by being grateful and loving and letting go of all anger.
- Think positive thoughts to stimulate good neurotransmitters called endorphins.
- Play and exercise hard to release more endorphins and dopamine.
- Get more sleep.
- A few minutes of yoga stretching will give you a morning boost, along with your favorite cup of java or tea.
- Listening to your favorite music—for some people it may be music with a heart pounding beat—to others, it may be inspirational symphonic music.
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The way to gain a good reputation, is to endeavor to be what you desire to appear. ~Socrates
The fact is, that to do anything in the world worth doing, we must not stand back shivering and thinking of the cold and danger, but jump in and scramble through as well as we can. ~Robert Cushing
The searching-out and thorough investigation of truth ought to be the primary study of man. ~Cicero
The only journey is the journey within. ~Rainer Maria Rilke
Know thyself means this, that you get acquainted with what you know, and what you can do. ~Menander
Yes, know thyself: in great concerns or small,
Be this thy care, for this, my friend, is all.
Collect as precious pearls the words of the wise and virtuous. ~Abd-el-Kadar
If we do not plant knowledge when young, it will give us no shade when we are old. ~Lord Chesterfield
If you have an hour, will you not improve that hour, instead of idling it away? ~Lord Chesterfield
Follow your honest convictions, and stay strong. ~William Thackeray
He that will not reflect is a ruined man. ~Asian Proverb
Every day do something that will inch you closer to a better tomorrow. ~Doug Firebaugh
We’ve all heard celebrities and others talk about reinventing their lives. Usually this means they’ve done some heavy-duty “rethinking” or “redefining” of what they really want.
They’ve chosen to follow a passion or go in a different direction in their life, in most cases, where their hearts have gone already—or perhaps, to finally fulfill a long-held dream.
Take a few moments to imagine your own ideal life. What would that be? What does it look like? How does it feel? Who’s there with you to share it and enjoy it? Where are you living? How are you living? How and where do you go on vacation? How are you going to give to others? And how are you going to make a real difference in the world?
All that you just imagined, you can have—exactly as you visualized
it, if the following are true:
1. You want it bad enough you’d do whatever it takes to get it.
2. You truly believe you can have it.
3. You are willing to follow the steps in this book.
What if I were to tell you that over and above all the success, material benefit, satisfaction, even wealth that you could receive from achieving a very exciting goal, that you can dramatically improve your emotional and mental health by just the process of setting that goal in the first place.
Now, that’s quite a promise—and believe me, I’m not making it lightly.
Years ago I noticed that when I became engrossed in my goal-setting state of mind (almost a meditative state), I would begin to feel very calm and at peace with the world—even euphoric, and almost always with pen in hand, I wrote down all that was going on in my mind and heart.
I didn’t understand why it felt so good—so fantastic, in fact—I just knew it did. Of course, it was a wonderful triumph to actually reach or exceed the goals I set, but I couldn’t figure out why just the process of thinking about and writing my goals and plans gave me such a mental boost?
There are many who think the way to achieve satisfaction in life is by going after pleasure. They think that more and more pleasure will put more contentment in their lives. Sorry, it doesn’t work that way. There’s a huge difference between deep, enduring satisfaction and fleeting pleasure—between passion and a good time. At a gut level you already know this. The pursuit of pleasure for its own sake leads to misery. It’s also not easy to always remain at a high level of satisfaction and contentment with an effervescent passion for life. There are plenty of setbacks. Even at times, huge fists of adversity may pound us in the face.These setbacks and adversity often reveal to us the great lessons of life, if we will but learn from them.
There may be nothing that fires up the mind, puts a spring in your step or enhances your whole life quite like accomplishing something BIG. To enthusiastically pursue something that’s EXCITING to you, that you’ve thought long and hard about—even dreamed about—this is a sure-fire way to feel wonderfully alive and passionate about living.