As the June wedding season approaches, love is in the air! After all, isn’t “love” a universal language? Maybe! But it’s not the only one. ‘Turns out, meditation is also wide-reaching. Today, we’re going to discuss 9 relaxation meditations practiced around the world, and we hope you’ll join the conversation.
What Is Meditation?
If you follow our Vibravision Foundation, you may have read our March 5, 2019 post about five meditation types and their benefits. There, we provided a definition from Yoga International that defines the practice well.
“[Meditation is] a precise technique for resting the mind and attaining a state of consciousness that is totally different from the normal waking state…Meditation is…a science, which means that the process of meditation follows a particular order, has definite principles, and produces results that can be verified. In meditation, the mind is clear, relaxed, and inwardly focused. When you meditate, you are fully awake and alert, but your mind is not focused on the external world or on the events taking place around you. Meditation requires an inner state that is still and one-pointed so that the mind becomes silent. When the mind is silent and no longer distracts you, meditation deepens.”
At MP USA, our Wealth of Health and Vibravision programs can be classified as forms of meditation because they specialize in using meditation to improve both personal health and situational awareness. Our Wealth of Health program is beneficial on a holistic level because it creates an environment for active meditation, which can help you unlock the secrets to a longer, healthier life. If you want to drill down further, our Vibravision program allows you to sharpen your senses so keenly that you can “see” without using your eyes. In the United States, both opportunities are available only through MP USA.
What Options Are Available?
Before we delve deeper, we’d like to remind you of six ways meditation will improve your life. These include:
- Stress Relief
- Improved Focus
- Making Money
- Improved Immune System
- Improved Sleep
- Problem Solving
What’s even better is that there’s not a one-size-fits-all approach to acquiring these benefits. If you’d like to explore some options, Live & Dare gives you 23. We’ve narrowed them down to nine.
- Metta Meditation: This Indian form of meditation is of Buddhist origin and focuses on expressing love and kindness – Metta in the Pali language – toward yourself and others. It is practiced in a seated position and involves repeating words or phrases that evoke a “boundless warm-hearted feeling.”
- Mindfulness Meditation: Mindfulness meditation is similarly rooted in Buddhism, specifically Vipassana or insight meditation. It has also been influenced by Vietnamese Zen Buddhism. Mindfulness meditation is becoming increasingly popular in the United States and, as Live & Dare explains, the practice involves “intentionally focusing on the present moment, accepting and non-judgmentally paying attention to the sensations, thoughts, and emotions that arise.”
- Mindful Breathing (Breath awareness): In the Pali language, mindful breathing is called samatha. Samatha practice is incorporated within many Buddhist traditions and involves calming the mind to increase concentration.
- Kundalini Yoga: Kundalini yoga is a complex form of “energy awakening” that is deeply influenced by Hinduism and must be practiced under the guidance of a qualified yogi. Its goal is to awaken dormant energy centers in the body to achieve psychic development and enlightenment.
- Zen: Zen, or Zazen, is Japanese in origin and is one of the most widely practiced Buddhist meditation techniques in existence. It involves sitting on a mat or a chair, straightening the back, and focusing on the movement of breath, often to a count.
- Transcendental: Transcendental meditation is an Indian technique, first introduced in the 1950s. It is practiced widely worldwide and involves repeating specific mantras, which are often the Tantric names of Hindu deities.
- Guided: Guided meditation is “a modern phenomenon” that involves focusing with the help of a guide on overcoming a specific challenge or achieving a specific desire. Guided meditations are often shared via recordings that consumers can listen to with headphones while they are either seated in a comfortable position or laying down. They often involve imagery that “makes use of the imagination and visualization powers of the brain” for the purposes of relaxation and/or healing.
- Binaural Beats: Binaural beats are sound frequencies that were originally discovered in 1839 by Heinrich Wilhelm Dove, a Polish physicist, and meteorologist. Through his research. Dove learned that when these rhythms are transmitted through stereo headphones -with a different beat playing in each ear – they can help the brain achieve a meditative state. Binaural beats are useful for relaxation, sleep, and focus.
- Affirmations: Affirmations are usually incorporated within the practice of guided imagery and involve the repetition of a positive or inspirational phrase tied to a specific desire or goal. “I believe in myself,” “I have confidence in what I do,” and “life is good,” are examples of common affirmations.
How Can I Get Started?
Now that we’ve outlined 9 relaxation meditations practiced around the world, you can start enjoying meditation right in your own backyard! MP USA’s Ogden, Utah facility provides a safe, comfortable environment, and we are welcoming new students to our Wealth of Health and Vibravision classes now! If you’d like more information about enrollment, please call (385) 955-0650. Namaste!
What do you see when you close your eyes? Do you picture yourself sitting near a babbling brook, perhaps fishing or reading a novel? Can you picture yourself soaking up sun on a sandy beach or counting the stars in a dark, clear sky? Maybe you’re starting to breathe a little more deeply and slowly as you envision this serene, picturesque setting. Maybe your muscles are beginning to relax, and any tension you’ve experienced throughout the day is starting to dissipate.
Last time we asked you to picture serenity, we shared six ways meditation will improve your life. These include:
- Stress Relief
- Making Money
- Improved Immune System
- Improved Sleep
- Problem Solving
Today, we’re going to dig deeper. What happens when the images behind your closed eyelids look like a nightmare instead of a daydream? What if the “tension” you’ve experienced throughout the day is a war zone or a natural disaster or a violent personal attack? What if the trauma you’ve had to endure has left you with emotional scars? Thankfully, there is help available. Did you know that daily meditation can reduce traumatic stress, including PTSD? Today, we’d like to show you how.
What Is PTSD?
The American Psychiatric Association defines PTSD as “a psychiatric disorder that can occur in people who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event such as a natural disaster, a serious accident, a terrorist act, war/combat, rape or other violent personal assault.”
Symptoms of this often debilitating condition may include flashbacks, intrusive negative thoughts, distorted beliefs about oneself and others, anger and irritability, sleep disturbances and difficulty concentrating. “For people with PTSD the symptoms cause significant distress or problems functioning,” the American Psychiatric Association’s website says. “PTSD often occurs with other related conditions, such as depression, substance use, memory problems and other physical and mental health problems.”
“It’s a feeling of being out of control,” explains TSgt. Alan Warren, a US Air Force Veteran and MP USA student who served an active duty tour in Iraq. “You come back from your service and you’re supposed to be ‘normal,’ but you’ve been trained to respond to so many dangerous things that there’s never a relaxing moment. You’ve become conditioned to evaluate every situation as a bad situation…even when you’re safe.”
How Can Meditation Help?
As a student at MP USA, you’ll have the opportunity to participate in amazing wellness programs such as the ancient Indonesian martial art of Merpati Putih, our Wealth of Health program and our Vibravision classes. Wealth of Health is a form of active meditation that helps us quiet our racing minds through movement. “It gives you a sense of clarity,” explains TSgt. Warren. “No matter where you’ve been in the past, it snaps you into the present, and you feel energized after just one session.”
These benefits of MP USA’s programming can help alleviate military combat stress for service men and women after they complete their tours of duty. Wealth of Health can also be beneficial for reintegration after a traumatic event. “When I came back, I felt really restless,” said Warren. “As I kept analyzing every situation, I developed restless leg syndrome, and I couldn’t sleep at night because all the bad stuff happens at night. Three years of practicing MP helped me feel recharged and kept me in the now. It gave me a sense of peace and being in the moment. For me, meditation is kind of like getting a massage for the mind.”
There are many ways to enjoy the type of mental massage TSgt. Warren describes. In our Vibravision blog, we’ve discussed five meditation types and their benefits in detail, and our observations about the advantages of meditation are backed by research from the Mayo Clinic and Oxford Academic.
How Can I Get Started?
If you’d like to learn more about how daily meditation can reduce traumatic stress, including PTSD, the good news is you can get started right away.
“Experiment, and you’ll likely find out what types of meditation work best for you and what you enjoy doing,” the Mayo Clinic suggests. “Adapt meditation to your needs at the moment. Remember, there’s no right way or wrong way to meditate. What matters is that meditation helps you reduce your stress and feel better overall.”
Also, if you’re a trauma survivor who experiences flashbacks, Oxford Academic’s 2017 study determined that practicing transcendental meditation (TM) can “reduce PTSD symptoms without re-experiencing trauma.” Additionally, participants in the Oxford study we referenced above experienced such significant psychological and physiological health benefits that a recommendation was made that they “continue regular TM practice indefinitely.”
If you’d like to experience these benefits personally through MP USA’s Wealth of Health and Vibravision classes, don’t wait. We invite you to call (385) 955-0650 today!
Did you know that practicing mindfulness-based stress reduction techniques can lead to increases in regional brain gray matter? This scientific lingo comes from a study we found in the US National Library of Medicine. “Given the importance that the regulation of emotions and cognition play in healthy psychological functioning, the morphological changes in these regions might contribute to the positive effects of mindfulness meditation on the salutary changes in well-being,” the authors wrote. “Mindfulness meditation has been reported to produce positive effects on psychological well-being that extend beyond the time the individual is formally meditating“ (Hölzel, et. al. 2010).
If you don’t speak “psychiatry,” the simple everyday English translation is that meditation is good for us! Meditation can help us reduce stress, improve our intellectual performance and even improve our athletic ability. Today, we will share five meditation types and their benefits. We invite you to learn more about meditation at MP USA, where you can unlock the secrets of a longer, healthier life.
What Is Meditation?
Yoga International defines meditation as:
“a precise technique for resting the mind and attaining a state of consciousness that is totally different from the normal waking state…Meditation is…a science, which means that the process of meditation follows a particular order, has definite principles, and produces results that can be verified. In meditation, the mind is clear, relaxed, and inwardly focused. When you meditate, you are fully awake and alert, but your mind is not focused on the external world or on the events taking place around you. Meditation requires an inner state that is still and one-pointed so that the mind becomes silent. When the mind is silent and no longer distracts you, meditation deepens.”
While there are many types and practices of meditation, we’d like to focus on five. We’ll define each of them for you briefly and then turn you loose to learn more! Let’s get started:
- Body Scan Meditation: Body scan meditation is also known as progressive relaxation. It’s a means to relax the body one muscle group at a time, most often by flexing and releasing muscles in a successive pattern or wave. The goal of this practice helps us learn to recognize tension in our bodies and then let it go.
- Mindfulness Meditation: Mindfulness meditation is all about helping us find balance in the present. Often, our minds take us on unproductive journeys to the past or the future. Practicing mindfulness can keep us grounded in the here and now by aligning our senses with our current surroundings. This can help us avoid becoming fixated on negativity. It can also help us improve our memory, focus, and relationships.
- Yoga Meditation: Yoga meditation is a physically active form of meditation that can help us improve physical strength, flexibility, and wellness. It can also improve our mental health. Yoga meditation is conceptually similar to our Wealth of Health Fitness Program because both practices involve combining physical poses with breathwork in a multidimensional way.
- Zen Meditation: Zen meditation originated with Buddhism as a means to increase spiritual awareness and achieve deep relaxation. This form of meditation involves specific postures and practices and, like Vibravision, requires discipline and practice to achieve expanded awareness.
- Transcendental Meditation: Transcendental meditation is a spiritual practice that involves the repetition of specific phrases, or mantras. The goal of this form of meditation is to transcend our current state of being to achieve a heightened state of mindfulness.
How Can Meditation Impact Vibravision Training?
When you are a student of MP USA’s Vibravision program, meditation can help you excel as you develop and master your superpowers. One of our students, 12-year-old Gabriel, said meditation helps him focus. “It helps me relax in stressful situations,” he said. “And it helps me accomplish tasks like seeing colors and getting around obstacles more easily.”
“I see that anything is possible!” said Gabriel’s father, Alan. “With proper focus and meditation, my son’s potential is being unlocked in an amazing way.” Testemonies like this show how mediation is effective for adults and children!
If you’d like more information about how to incorporate any of these five meditation types and their benefits, plus Merapi Putih martial arts meditations into your daily practice now is the time! Find out about enrollment in the Vibravision program today by calling us at (385) 955-0650!
If you haven’t considered Vibravision at MP USA, you’re missing an amazing opportunity to “see” without using your eyes! This unique and proprietary training method allows us to “hack the brain” and create an internal visual image using input from non-visual senses. Our courses offer life-changing benefits for both blind and sighted participants. Here are the top five reasons to develop your expanded awareness with Vibravision in Ogden Utah.
- Enhanced Mental Clarity
- Increased Self-Awareness
- Increased Sensory Awareness
- Better Problem Solving
- Stronger Relationships with People
When you hear us talk about Vibravision as a way to develop your superpowers, we’re not joking! Additional benefits of Vibravision include increased confidence, improved personal peace and a better understanding of human interactions. Vibravision is also incredibly fulfilling to study, and it’s mind-blowing to watch!
We’ve been sharing our Vibravision program in Northern Utah since 2014 when MP USA hosted and taught the first Vibravision courses ever offered in North America. Fast forward four years, and we’ve been endorsed by professionals in medicine, education and more! If you’ve been following our blog, you also know that we’re getting a lot of media attention nationwide. In fact, Vibravision is going to be featured during the upcoming season of America’s Real Deal. Although the episode’s exact date is still a secret, the word on the street is that the program will be amazing. According to a Facebook post on America’s Real Deal Facebook page, the Vibravision premiere may air on Friday, September 29, 2018. You can watch America’s Real Deal TV Show on Facebook Watch, where investment opportunities are available to the public!
If you’d like to develop a skill that has the potential to enhance your awareness beyond your imagination, there’s no better time to explore what MP USA has to offer. Our fall 2018 Vibravision immersion course will be held November 5th through November 9th, and it’s the last time we’ll offer this training at our 2018 prices. This intensive week of instruction takes place in our Ogden Utah facility and includes the following:
- An introduction to Vibravision, its life-changing capabilities and the basic mechanisms that make it possible
- Energy building exercises to increase the body’s electric charge
- Specific meditations that create inner calm and expanded awareness
- Breathing techniques that strengthen and balance the body
- Sensing and implementation
- Food and lodging
- Vibravision training package including blindfold
- Certificate of Completion
- Access to the proprietary Vibravision App (sold separately)
MP USA is the only place in North America where Vibravision is taught, and courses are available both for the seeing and for the blind. Our founders, Nate and Mike Zeleznick, began their study of the martial art form that serves as our foundation, Merpati Putih, in 1999. They were officially recognized as the first American MP members in 2000. In the coming years, both traveled to Indonesia many times and continue to climb the ranks of MP. In the process, they learned more about Vibravision. After years of intense study, Mike offered the first Vibravision class on this side of the globe in November 2014. From there, the program has soared to new heights as we continue to gather endorsements, build partnerships and expand.
Enrollment for our fall 2018 Vibravision courses is open, and class sizes are limited. Also, our prices will increase in 2019, so you’ll pay more if you wait to sign up. By taking the Level 1 course this fall in November 2018 you will lock in the lowest price available, and you’ll be ready for Level 2 training that is scheduled in February 2019. If you can’t make it to the November immersion course don’t worry, both Level 1 and Level 2 immersion training courses are available in February.
This part’s easy. All you have to do to begin your Vibravision journey is contact us today! If you’d like to have a personal conversation about the five reasons to develop your expanded awareness with Vibravision in Ogden Utah, we’d love to hear from you. Please call us at (385) 955-0650.