Today I would like to introduce one of the easiest and most scientifically sound meditation
techniques: biofeedback.

Biofeedback is the process of becoming aware of various physiological functions by
monitoring them so that you can influence, alter, and/ or control them.

Over time, you can train your sympathetic nervous system to be less reactive to stressors and to
recover more quickly.
Through the practice of biofeedback, you can influence your pulse rate, breath, muscles, brain
waves, the perception of pain, and other body functions.

Biofeedback is used to:
– manage stress,
– lessen anxiety,
– regulate blood pressure,
– improve physical performance,
– ease headaches.

Biosignals are the electric currents produced across a group of cells, a specific tissue, or an
organ such as the brain, heart or skin. Energy runs through us and so do measurable amounts
of electricity and magnetic pull. Modern science has even observed and measured the electrical
currents and biosignals that plants generate. The goal of biofeedback is to monitor your
biosignals so closely that you can adjust and alter them as they are occurring.

You can do it now, repeat exercise below at least 10 times. Read more (How to Reduce Stress with a Tactical Breathing Technique).
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In every moment, our biosignals reveal our true emotional state, yet very few people around us
can see them. Our mind sends signals to our body, which then reacts spontaneously, creating
the perfect loop.

Dr. Paul Ekman specializes in the study of human emotions by interpreting facial
expressions. Ekman established that the face has 43 distinct and involuntary muscle
movements that create thousands of expressions, including the seven basic human emotions of
anger, contempt, disgust, fear, happiness, sadness, and surprise. His work inspired a great TV
show Lie to Me, worth watching!

Over the last few years, as technology has advanced, biofeedback monitors and feedback
mechanisms have become more affordable and almost gamelike in their look and feel.
One of the more popular biofeedback products is MUSE, the brain-sensing headband.

Biofeedback is a highly physical form of meditation. You might find yourself too goal-oriented. It
will help you relax, but you might not feel fully connected to any state of one-ness.
It’s fun to try new gadgets, but remember that for meditation there is no equipment necessary.

 

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