Rapid Changes in Consciousness Trigger Enlightenment Experiences

Rapid Changes in Consciousness Trigger Enlightenment Experiences

The written content of the post was authored by best-selling author and neuroscience expert, Mark Robert Waldman. It is posted with his permission.

According to researchers at the University of Georgia, shifting from rigorous exercise to deep relaxation enhances brain development.

In fact, it may be the fastest way to prime your brain for enlightenment. 

The quickest and easiest way to increase activity in your frontal lobes above baseline is to engage in aerobic exercise. If you then lie down with the intention of finding enlightenment (deep insight) and enter deep relaxation, while aware of all the different body sensations you are having, frontal lobe activity will quickly drop below baseline. This is meditation practice known as “yoga nidra.”

It only takes 3-5 minutes of aerobics (for example, running in place) followed by 5-10 minutes of restful awareness, to trigger the neurological mechanisms that evoke sudden insight. But remember: you must have the intention to discover something new. 


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