Ilchi Lee believes that meditation is one of the keys to achieving balance in life, but sometimes it can be difficult to ignore the rest of the world. This is why music can sometimes help those who have a difficult time meditating.
Not all music is good for meditation – in fact, it might be more distracting than anything else. The point of meditation is to clear one’s head, so filling it up with lyrics is not necessarily the best strategy. That’s why a band like Explosions in the Sky is a great choice.
The quartet, originally from Austin, Texas, shot to fame thanks to their contributions to the Friday Night Lights film and television show. Their music is completely instrumental, but not in a classical sense. This makes it easy to listen to yet not distracting for those who plan on meditating.
Some of the songs can get a bit fast paced, but there are plenty of tracks from the band that are suitably mellow. Listening to them at a low volume can help clear the air and allow you to focus on nothingness.
The band just released a new album a little over a month ago: “Take Care, Take Care, Take Care,” so that’s a good place to start. Other options include 2003’s “The Earth is Not a Cold Dead Place” and “All of a Sudden I Miss Everyone” from 2007.
Ilchi Lee teaches that meditation is the ultimate path to unifying one’s mind-body-spirit. One of the best ways to elevate one’s consciousness through the meditative process is by visiting a location that is both remote and scenic. As such, pilgrims in search of enlightenment may want to seek out remote, yet captivating destinations that can aid in this process. Fortunately, the answer to their prayers may be found just off the coast of the small Jeju Island of South Korea.
Seongsan Ilchibong is perhaps the most famous destination in the region, and after glimpsing its unique beauty it’s not hard to see why. The roundish island rose from the sea in a volcanic eruption dating back more than 100,000 years, creating a large crater at the center of the locale that is more than 600 meters in diameter, with a large jutting peak that rise 90 meters into the sky.
The name Seongsan Ilchibong means “sunrise peak,” a title it earned thanks to its unforgettable vista at the crack of dawn. Climbing to the summit for sunrise has become a popular practice and is sure to cast a peaceful spell over the rest of one’s day.
The modern workplace is placing increasing demands on employees who also have responsibilities and obligations at home. Finding a balance between the two is tough, so researchers at the University of Toronto have tested the effects of different coping techniques.
The team of scientists identified three strategies that individuals typically use to deal with a heavy workload: solution-driven engagement, venting about problems and avoidance.
They found that individuals who attempt to tackle problems all at once may actually be putting themselves under greater stress than before.
Talking about issues with others may help, but the researchers were surprised by the positive outcomes for individuals engaging in avoidance techniques.
“This technique is traditionally seen as ‘running away from your problems,'” said Julie McCarthy, co-author. “But maybe by backing off and taking breaks, students [and employees] are able to replenish their resources.”
Author and philosopher Ilchi Lee has recommended meditation as a relaxation technique since it helps people live in the moment and not stress themselves out over future consequences. The results of the study suggest that this method may be effective in relieving anxiety and promoting a mind-body-spirit connection.
All over America, people are learning about the mental and physical health benefits of meditation and taking on practices of their own in order to strengthen their mind-body-spirit bond.
According to a 2007 U.S. Census Bureau Survey, about 10 percent of adults in the U.S. practice some form of meditation, an increase from eight percent in 2002.
Several clinical trials and personal testimonials support theories that meditation – the art of focusing on one’s inner being at the present time – has the ability to help individuals focus, heal, strengthen, gain empathy and improve their brain potential. It is believed that by helping people hone in on the present and stop worrying about future negativity, meditation can help relieve stress and anxiety, thereby eliminating a host of stress-related conditions.
Author and philosopher Ilchi Lee has developed a meditation technique known as Brain Education. With this method, individuals sensitize their awareness, versatilize and become more flexible, refresh their senses, integrate positivity and finally, master their brains. By gaining control over their minds, people are better able to live a fulfilled life and eliminate negativity and hate from their brains.
Practitioners of meditation tend to live more in the moment and have less anticipation for future negative events, which may explain why the method has been shown time and again to be effective at pain resistance, according to researchers at the University of Manchester.
While examining brain images of people with a range of meditation experience – from none to upwards of 35 years – as they were introduced to a pain stimuli, the scientists found unusual activity in the minds of experienced meditators.
The prefrontal cortex contains a region that controls attention and thoughts regarding potential threats. These areas were less active in the experienced practitioners as they were about to feel pain.
“Meditation trains the brain to be more present-focused and therefore to spend less time anticipating future negative events. This may be why meditation is effective at reducing the recurrence of depression, which makes chronic pain considerably worse,” said Christopher Brown, lead study author.
Philosopher Ilchi Lee’s Brain Education techniques focus on training the brain to remove negative thoughts and memories and replace them with positivity. This involves living in the present, which science has shown may help alleviate physical pain in individuals.
Results of the study suggest that a strong mind-body-spirit connection may lead to a healthier being.