Power of Meditation

By
Sourav “Teddy” Biswas

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“Effects of meditation on human brain”. Sources: <https://blog.bufferapp.com&gt;. Dated: 21 Aug 2013

Meditation is the simple practice of mind control which has enormous benefits to us. Over the years, various studies have shown, and scientists have proven that meditation does actually stimulates our brain. Meditation dates back to the Prehistoric Era, approximately, 1500 BCE in Hindu tradition. The technique of meditation includes a person focusing on one specific thing; it could be breathing, a sensation in our body, or an object. The point of this type of meditation is to focus strongly on one point and continually bring our attention back to that focal point when it wanders away.

Changes In The Brain:

Using modern techniques such as MRI scans, allows scientists to visually witness and inspect the changes that take place during and after meditation. The most significant difference is that our brain stops processing information as it normally would. The beta waves, which indicates how much our brain processes information, reduces considerably during meditation. This becomes evident even after a 20 minute meditation session.

Increased Focus & Reduced Anxiety:

Because meditation is a practice in focusing our attention and being aware of when it drifts, this actually improves our focus when we’re not meditating, as well. It’s a lasting effect that comes from regular bouts of meditation.

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“A Buddhist Monk meditating”. Sources:  < https://en.wikipedia.org> Dated: 01 Jan 2009Reduced Anxiety:

There is a part in our brain known as the “Me Center,” technically, the Medial Prefontal Cortex The “Me Center” processes information related to fear and body sensation. The neural pathway is pretty strong here. When we meditate, we weaken this neural connection. This means we don’t react abruptly to strong sensations. So when we experience scary or upsetting sensation, we can rationalize them more easily.

Better Memory:

One of the things meditation has been linked to is improving rapid memory reminiscence. Catherine Kerr, a researcher at the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging and the Osher Research Center, found that people who practiced mindful meditation were able to adjust the brain wave that screens out distractions and increase their productivity more quickly that those that did not meditate.

More Gray Matter & Heightened Creativity:

Meditation has been linked to larger amounts of Gray Matter in the hippocampal and frontal areas of the brain. More gray matter means more positive emotions, long lasting emotional stability and increased focusing power during our day-to-day work.

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“Brain sync illustration”. Sources: <http://www.social-consciousness.com/&gt; Dated: 09 Oct 2011Heightened Creativity:

Researchers at Leiden University in the Netherlands studied both, Focused-Attention and Open-Monitoring mediation to discover the possibility of a heightened sense of creativity after meditation. They found that people who practiced Focused-Attention meditation did not show any obvious signs of improvement in the creativity task following their meditation. For those who did Open-Monitoring meditation, however, they performed better displayed significantly more creativity in completing their assigned tasks. Thus meditation can lead us to a much better lifestyle. With all the benefits combined, no doubt meditation can enhance efficiency of a human to a whole new level.

 

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POETRY: Beauty Is In Freedom

By
Sourav “Teddy” Biswas

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Photographer: Unk. Title: Freedom is beautiful. Website: thepreachersword.com. Dated: 20 April 2017

Life is hard. We all are tied to responsibilities we can’t ignore. Reaching the pinnacle of success is what we all yearn for. But in this process we fail to realize what is beautiful. Beauty, as  now in the society, is synonymous to being attractive and popular. And all these beauty hardly reflects the spirit of a human being. The liberation of a human heart from all sins and prejudice is the truest definition of beauty.

 

Water flow in reminisce sorrow,
Spool ticks in waves of noises,
the beauty folds in the sleeping sight
Tonight the sun rose again,
devoid by the winter winds,
when the stars found their light
in thee eyes.

Embers of paradise found thee,
where the sun rose in farthest dreams
No life born without love of thee
for what brings hope, hope to fly,
Blooms in eye of thy octave,
Serene hues brought us to unite
And ignite flames of our soul.

The bellow jasmine streams
a love in tune with the wings,
a feel of miles tide
screams fall down below,
tied to the stars in sight
yes beauty is in freedom!

 

Pages Beyond The Epilogue: Story Of The Creators

By
Sourav “Teddy” Biswas
& Karen Hayward (Guest Writer)

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A notebook and a Pen. The world of a writer. Sources: <http://diary.com/&gt;

“The pen is mightier than the sword” ~ Edward Bulwer-Lytton, 1839

A famous quote, a fleeting moment’s recognition as we momentarily think of the chaos in this world.  We ponder the capabilities of ink versus a live bullet and if imaginations allow, we visually explore the carnage of red ink as it spills. Rarely do we pause to consider the mightiness of the pen; the many adventures it takes us on, the stories of love it fills us with, or the hope it gives us as we read the struggles of survival in a battered world. And even rarer still, do we consider the bearer of the pen, the mighty writer. We are capable of rewriting the atrocities of history, creating an entire universe, and simplifying the affairs of the heart, yet, rarely do we have a recognizable face within society.

Our world is not fueled by promises of limelight, sparkles or popularity.  We are often the faceless strangers you cross the road to avoid; some of us are misfits, others are the girl next door. Yet, in our faceless wonder, we have the ability to transport our readers to inner peace…or turmoil depending on what you choose.  We are the invisible superheroes, our powers transport you to another universe and beyond. The sole belief in our dreams fuel the powers we posses. We can be stripped of the materialistic possessions of society, and catastrophe can stand upon our doorstep, but our minds will never be deprived of the dreams that drive our passion to write.

Photographer Unk. Title Unk. www.freelancewriting.com. Aug. 19th, 2016
Photographer Unk. Title Unk. http://www.freelancewriting.com. Aug. 19th, 2016

Search the internet for qualities of creative writers, you will find the term, ‘introvert’, sitting there proudly. But what is an introvert? This simply means that we (writers/ poets, etc…) often have a preference for observing behavior rather than participating. We can appear to be quirky, lonesome creatures. However, in reality we love to explore the relationships occurring within the diverse universe; we are comfortable in the background, where whispers can be heard and body language can be observed. It is often believed that poets wish to live in complete solace in some far out land beneath emerald skies. This is true for many poets; we would give up everything for such solitude. But like all artists, our souls yearn to be among our own. We feed from humanity and re-energize in the spaces between their words.

Poet and writer Teddy, was recently asked what is required of a writer, Teddy’s response was, “It’s nothing beyond that bare skin but everything within.” That’s the truth of our story. The truth that, when you go on a journey in our world, we make sure you leave your world behind. In every book you read; not a stone is unturned or untouched where we make you see it and feel it. We allow you to experience every aspect of the page; from the scent of jasmine on the breeze, to the stale cigarette smoke lingering in the morning dew. It’s the vibe of the experience that goes beyond the realm of reality and science–we make it happen inside of you. Best part! You entrust your imagination with a total stranger who encapsulates you with nothing more than vision infused in words.

Photographer Unk. Title Unk. www.coill.net. Aug. 19th, 2016
Photographer Unk. Title Unk. http://www.coill.net. Aug. 19th, 2016

How, then, do we socialize? What corner of the world belongs to us? Poetry communities such as those found on G+, Facebook, WordPress, etc… are growing at a tremendous rate. These communities allow poets to share and showcase their work within environments that encourages growth, interaction and positive feedback. Social status, nationality, and gender are left far behind, and writers are judged only on the magical words we place upon the page. Interaction among the members is actively encouraged, and this is where the magic lays. Poetic friendships are being forged within these communities as previously lone poets are discovering a shared love. The experienced teaches the newbie, as renegade poets are teaching the old schools.  Suddenly, the communities of poets and writers from across the world are uniting, scribbling, typing and ultimately making the world ride the waves to peace and prosperity.

In the silent ink of our pens, we create a spectacular display; the essence of metamorphosis. From the shadows of solitude, we can whisper upon the page that the ancient voice of nature that vibrates at a frequency so few can hear.  Yet, every writer understands it, and in the twilight hours, whilst the world slumbers, we place more onto the page, for you, the reader. We share with the world the scent of rain, the taste of love, the beauty of untrodden paths, and we do this from the silence of our solitude; between cold cups of tea, half eaten sandwiches and tears of despair.