Research shows that meditation changes the physical structure of the brain in significant ways. Meditation and reflection have been shown to increase frontal cortex activity (linked to focus, calm and concentration) and even enlarge that part of the brain.
There have also been a number of studies showing how yogic breathing practices increase the Alpha brain waves associated with lower levels of stress and greater levels of creativity. Alpha brain states are where brilliant ideas arise
Meditation after practicing yoga connects us to something greater than ourselves, to The Force of the universe, the source of all creative power.
Allowing a connection to the universal consciousness and experiencing ourselves as more than our bodies and we expand into a higher reality where true inspiration resides.
Mindful eating is based on mindfulness.
Mindfulness is a form of meditation that helps you recognize and cope with your emotions and physical sensations.
It’s used to treat many conditions, including eating disorders, depression, anxiety, and various food-related behaviors.
Mindful eating is about using mindfulness to reach a state of full attention to your experiences, cravings, and physical cues when eating.
Mindful eating involves:
These things allow you to replace automatic thoughts and reactions with more conscious, healthier responses.
Today’s fast-paced society tempts people with an abundance of food choices. On top of that, distractions have shifted attention away from the actual act of eating toward ’screens’.
Eating has become a mindless act, often done quickly. This can be problematic, since it takes your brain up to 20 minutes to realize you’re full. If you eat too fast the fullness signal may not arrive until you have already eaten too much. This is very common in binge eating. By eating mindfully, you restore your attention and slow down, making eating an intentional act instead of an automatic one. What’s more, by increasing your recognition of physical hunger and fullness cues, you are able to distinguish between emotional and true, physical hunger. You also increase your awareness of triggers that make you want to eat, even though you’re not necessarily hungry. By knowing your triggers, you can create a space between them and your response, giving you the time and freedom to choose how to react.
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