We’ve all heard the adage, “Change your thinking, Change your life”, right? But how do we do that? Our minds are literally programmed to go back to what is comfortable and safe even when it doesn’t produce the results we want in our lives.
For example, have you ever set your new year’s resolutions with the best of intentions only to find an old journal or resolution list from previous years that have the same goals you set this year? You may want to lose the same 10 pounds, take that course you’ve been interested in, get healthier, meditate more, take charge of your finances, volunteer at an organization you believe in. I’ve experienced this over and over throughout the years. It can feel like nothing really changes. I’ve asked myself, ‘How do I find the magic bullet that will give me the power to achieve the fulfilling, happy life that is bursting to come out’?
Keep reading, I think you’ll find the answers here.
I’ve been studying Neuroscience and the amazing research being conducted by top universities around the country on the effects of meditation on the brain. Science, specifically neuroscience, is now able to measure and track the effects on the brain (and in turn, on our lives) that spiritual mystics have been teaching us about for millennium.
We know that a meditation practice reduces stress, increases health and a feeling of well being and peace when faced with challenges.
Well, now science is backing it up! Here’s how. Neuroscience uses MRI and EKG technology to measure the brain wave activity. They can now ‘see’ different parts of the brain light up when stimulated through meditation.
In one study conducted by UCLA, scientists found that long term meditators had better preserved brains with more grey matter through out the entire brain. The meditators had higher volume of grey matter, a bigger brain!
A Harvard study found that after just 8 weeks of meditation, the respondents showed increased cortical thickness in the hippocampus which governs memory, learning and emotion regulation. And at the same time, they found a decrease in the volume of ameglia, which governs fear, anxiety, fight or flight response and stress.
I was so excited when I first learned about this that I began googleing all I could about it. What I’ve found is that we have the capacity and the tools to shape our brain and in doing that, we can change the programming that limits our ability to reach our goals and be happier. Incredible, right?!
But what about those people who can’t meditate? I hear this all the time from my clients, ’I can’t sit still, I can’t stop my mind from going through the laundry list, I feel like I’m wasting time just sitting here’.
Well, good news! There is a process that provides the benefits of meditation without sitting and trying to quiet your thoughts.
It’s called Emotional Freedom Technique or Tapping. You may have heard about it. It’s an amazing technique that quiets the stress, relieves anxiety and actually releases limiting, negative programming that keeps you stuck in old patterns. I’ve been using it in my own life for quite some time and with my clients and I’ve heard nothing but positive responses. It’s quick and easy. In just a few minutes, you feel the calm moving through your body and mind. You experience the release of limitation and fear. This enables you to accomplish your goals and follow through with your resolutions.
And best of all, it’s something you can do for yourself throughout the day. If you experience a difficult situation with a co worker or family member, or your mind is just on overdrive and stressing you out, you can do a little tapping and take charge of your immediate experience while creating long term benefits. It’s truly amazing. I even do the tapping with my 10 year old daughter and she loves it. It builds her confidence in school socially and academically. We tap as I’m driving her to school in the morning!
New thoughts, New life, Same thoughts, Same life.
(and same resolutions, year after year)
If you’d like to learn more about the tapping, The Tapping Solution is an online resource that I like.
And watch this wonderful Ted Talk on neuroscience and the power we have to be happier, freer and more fulfilled.
I’m so excited about this work. I’ve seen such amazing, quick and effective results. I’d love to share it with you, so you can experience its effects too.
For the month of February and March, I’d like to offer you a complimentary 60 minute phone ‘Tapping’ session so you can experience for yourself this powerful, mind changing, life enhancing technique. You truly can release your limitations and take charge of the direction your life is going in.
This year, why not achieve your goals, feel fulfilled and live happier? I believe in you and your ability to live that life that is bursting to get out!
Please contact me to set up a convenient time for your complimentary, no obligation, phone session by emailing Denise@Deniserizvi.com.
Here’s to a New Year, New Brain, New Life!