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How meditation can change your life

With Dr Sven Hansen

The basic facts:
1. Meditation is a 2,500 year old practice
2. Experts in preventative medicine, emotional intelligence, positive psychology and the brain sciences are practicing and advocating this as a critical practice for a better life
3. Meditation is the most powerful way to combat distress and overload
4. Meditation improves your health - heart, immune system, hormones and energy
5. Meditation gives you access to emotional intelligence
6. Meditation improves your thinking, happiness and creativity
7. Meditation is an honoured path to spiritual growth in all philosophies

Why there is a burning need?
1. Our lives are chaotically busy and overloaded
2. Distress is causing suffering, illness, destructive emotion and mental fatigue
3. Good health and success requires effective relaxation and rejuvenation
4. The wandering or disengaged mind causes suffering, accidents and conflict
5. Attention control (willpower) can be improved with huge benefits
6. Willpower builds self control, empathy and effectiveness in all areas of life

Defining a modern practice:
1. Meditation is very well understood but is demanding and takes years to master
2. Today, experts have introduced concepts of relaxation, mindfulness, attention control, mindsight and focusing to help broaden our understanding
3. Modern biofeedback technology provides a powerful way to understand, practice and master an effective real-time relaxation experience
4. The key elements can be quickly learned:
a. Make time to relax, rejuvenate and refocus your body, emotion and mind
b. Sit upright so that your breathing is free and easy
c. Soften your breath, exhale fully and inhale to the lower chest and belly
d. Create a rhythm of five seconds out and three seconds in
e. Relax the muscles of face, shoulders, arms and belly
f. Maintain an upright (long, light spine) posture
g. Feel the deepening experience of relaxation and calm on exhale
h. Enjoy and appreciate the oxygen, energy and life force on inhale
i. Focus your mind on the flow of breath at nose or belly

Ideally, we should practice this under supervision of an experienced practitioner until we can establish this calming and focusing effect for 10 minutes.
Most experts recommend making 10 minutes per day. Morning or evening is best.

Once you have mastered the practice you can bring it into action at will. It can be very helpful in the following situations:
Traffic, queues or delays
When emotions become heated and destructive in conflict
Before going to sleep and to return to sleep if disturbed
Every 30 minutes while working on a computer
Before entering home at the end of the day
Before sport, competition or public speaking

The key is to be able to be fully present - in body, heart and mind - as much as possible.
When we are present, calm and focused there is no distress - just effectiveness.

(Broadcast: 28 Feb 2012)