The British writer and journalist Graham Hancock, a specialist in rather unconventional theories that involve ancient civilizations, has written the following: “I believe we are a species with amnesia, I think we have forgotten our roots and our origins. I think we are quite lost in many ways. And we live in a society that invests huge amounts of money and vast quantities of energy in ensuring that we all stay lost. A society that invests in creating unconsciousness, which invests in keeping people asleep so that we are just passive consumers or products and not really asking any of the questions.”
Graham Hancock’s quote is perfect opening that lead us to defining what’s resilience. Linguistically speaking it is the power of the ability to return to the original form, position or state, after being bent down, crashed or broken, or in Graham Hancock’s terms, suffering from amnesia of who you really are.
In terms of psychology, resilience is the ineffable quality that enables people to come back stronger than ever, after being severely knocked down in life. In more medical terms, it is the immune system, the ability to recover from illness, depression or adversity. It works both ways, physically and mentally.
If we see society as one single organism where everything is inter-connected, then resilience is also the ability of that organism — humanity, its collective will and ability to act, push back and thrive. Without resilience, life is but an avalanche that buries us in forgetfulness. With resilience, we can elevate as strong as the avalanche itself and manage everything that life uses to push us back.
At our page MeditationTalks we proceed to share 6 methods you can use to become more resilient in life, for your own good and for the good of the planet. These methods are especially important not only for us personally, but as a collective, and for the good of the planet, in times when some authorities tell that global warming is a hoax (which is far from the truth).
Below, see more about the first method — meditation & mindful practices and what is their roles in building resilience.
Maybe easy to predict our #1 point, as you have stumbled upon a page much dedicated to meditation, but the scientific facts are that meditation has a wide-range of health and psychological benefits for people in general. That is confirmed by various studies. Meditation and mindful practices are proven to directly effect and change the brain and the body.
As gurus of mindfulness meditation wish to remind us, during our daily lives, our brains get virtually dizzy from all sorts of mind-boggling thoughts. These can be worries of something that has happened in the past — yesterday or even 10 years ago. Other thoughts are worries of the future. But, mindfulness meditation is something that shifts your brain into the present moment, to the nowness. It enables you to forget about your problems, your bills, your administration, work or anything that might be bothering you. It is in the Now where we can find peace and get away from our fears, anger, despair or other negative emotions.
Through using meditative practices like the Body Scan, you go from toe-to-head and release tension that may have anchored in particular parts of your body. If you have a pain in your neck, a pain in your back, a dancing eye, it could all speak volumes about the anxiety semantics. Body Scan has the capacity to release those focal points of anxiety. Once free from anxiety, the individual is better able to use their powers and inner capabilities, especially when hectic days come around. Further on, another study says that meditation training creates a distinct network of genes, that act well on anti-aging and improves cellular health.
Mindfulness in Plain English can be your excellent guide as somebody who begins with meditation, and watching Inner Worlds, Outer Worlds is certainly a movie you may want to see in order to understand the perplexity and the interconnectedness of life on our planet. Enjoy the selection & move on the next slide where we speak on how changing your perspectives towards life can help you build resilience.
Return at Meditation Talk where we provide you with more resources and methods that you will find useful and that can help you in becoming more resilient.
Originally published at medium.com