Body Scan Meditation

The “body scan” meditation is used to create a greater connection and understanding between the body, the brain, and the mind by bringing awareness to various parts of your body. Start with basic mindfulness meditation techniques and once settled focus on the top of your head without using your eyes but just by feeling the top of your head from within yourself. Become aware of any sensations there, positive or negative, if any at all and then at your own pace move down your head and then your entire body, one area at a time, taking note of any feelings or emotions at each point. If you find your awareness drifting to your thoughts, gently pull yourself back on track to focusing on your body as you move from head to foot. Once complete, bring your awareness into larger focus as the experience rather than the observer becoming aware of your entire body and all the sensations there.

This is just one of the meditations I have found effective in re-wiring my brain to release negative thoughts and beliefs.

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Specific Steps to Manifesting

I am excited about the manifestation classes I will be teaching. One will be in Snow Hill, MD, on 1/26 and another will be in Easton, MD on 2/9. I will teach specific techniques for creating your life moment by moment. The following are the caveats I will teach my students. Please contact me at vjmann@comcast.net to give  a class in your area.

  1. This will happen very gradually.
  2. You will need to be persistent and patient.
  3. You will need to work hard to maintain your health by using healthy habits.
  4. You will need to be able and willing to multitask. This will involve doing your manifestation exercises at the very same time that you are in the midst of living that which you want to change. This could include difficult situations like meetings and even giving talks. However, it can be done as long as you are persistent.
  5. Your body will gradually become more relaxed.
  6. You will wonder how you ever stood to have all the old negative thoughts, ideas, patterns and actions.
  7. Your life will be happier and more fulfilling. This is guaranteed.
  8. Good things will start happening to you. At first it will just be a trickle so small that it is almost humorous to see how literally the Universe will interpret your desires.
  9. The good things will start to add up until you have something substantial.
  10. People will see you differently. You will be more sought after in both business and social situations.
  11. You will believe that anything is possible.
  12. Your life will pick up steam.
  13. You will find a greater sense of enjoyment and relaxation.

We Can Change the Physical Structure of Our Brains

In my last post, I mentioned that I would continue on with the topic of how to rewire our brains to change the limited thinking ingrained in us since childhood. Here is the result of my research.

The 1/21/11 issue of the Harvard Gazette made reference to a study done at Massachusetts General Hospital in 2010. The article stated that “Meditation group participants reported spending an average of 27 minutes each day practicing mindfulness exercises, and their responses to a mindfulness questionnaire indicated significant improvements compared with pre-participation responses. The analysis of MR images, which focused on areas where meditation-associated differences were seen in earlier studies, found increased gray-matter density in the hippocampus, known to be important for learning and memory, and in structures associated with self-awareness, compassion, and introspection.

Participant-reported reductions in stress also were correlated with decreased gray-matter density in the amygdala, which is known to play an important role in anxiety and stress. None of these changes were seen in the control group, indicating that they had not resulted merely from the passage of time.”

A 2/21/11 article in the Huffpost Healthy Living by Deepak Chopra also noted that “Brain scans of Buddhist monks had already shown dramatic alteration of gamma waves in the prefrontal cortex, a region associated with higher cognitive responses as well as moral feelings like compassion.”

 

There are no coincidences. At around the time that I came to believe in the principle of manifestation beyond any doubt, a book called Rewire Your Brain for Love,( Hay House, 2012)  by Dr. Marsha Lucas, caught my attention and I purchased it.

 

Dr. Lucas has some surprising things to say. Once you read the book, you will want to begin her rewiring exercises immediately. You will not be able to stand the idea that your thoughts are largely controlled by your upbringing and the institutions that you were raised in.

 

She states, in the introduction to the book that, “We can, in fact, not only cause our brains to change and to grow new connections and pathways, we can produce new neurons throughout our entire lives. It’s called neuroplasticity and it is the most radical finding in neuroscience since, well, the discovery  that the brain wasn’t just a cooling device for the body… you can grow new connections so that your brain wiring can be redirected and/or overridden.

 

She also states, “Since I began using mindfulness meditation with my patients, I have been privileged to witness some of the most amazing improvements. By using simple mindfulness meditation, you can rewire your brain’s relationship pathways — and change  your life”.

Exercises to Rewire Your Brain to Think Positively

I have used the exercises in the wonderful book by Dr. Marsha Lukas, Rewire Your Brain for Love- Creating Vibrant Relationships Using the Science of Mindfulness (Hay House, 2012). Dr. Lukas stated that, ” As recently as ten years ago, neuroscience maintained an iron-clad rule about neurons in the brain-once you reached adulthood, you couldn’t grow any new brain cells-they only died off as the years went on…Well, we found out pretty recently that that idea is wrong. Really wrong. We can, in fact, not only cause the neurons in our brains to change and to grow new connections and pathways, but we can produce new neurons, throughout our entire lives. It’s called neuroplasticity, and it’s the most radical finding in neuroscience since, well, the discovery that the brain wasn’t just a cooling device for the body.”

In my journey, I found that it was necessary to master the rewiring exercises in this book in order to empower myself to manifest and change my life. Disempowering thoughts that started in my childhood would have kept me from my goals until I found this book. Nothing is a coincidence. This information came at just the right time-when I was ready and needed it. I will briefly discuss some of the challenges that had to be overcome in order to get to the point where I could live my life in full awareness and realizing my pure potentiality.