A Free Technique for 7% More Brain Power

meditating-brain zenUp your alpha waves! A recent study from the University of North Carolina (UNC) School of Medicine found that introducing a low dose of electric current can enhance the alpha brain wave activity and boost creativity by 7.4%.

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Forget the $40/bottle jelly fish supplements for a “sharper mind.” Just be mindful.

While the UNC researchers used artificial electrical stimulation to boost creativity, you don’t need to go to a laboratory to make it happen. Fortunately, there are other less-invasive methods. The researchers identified meditation and mindfulness as effective. Both are free and easy. Well, maybe not so easy.

We are easily distracted. This is actually a learned state. We have learned to allow our minds to hop, jump, skip, float, and flit from thought to thought to thought to thought. All. Day. Long.

Answer: Meditate.

If meditation is outside of your norm, start small. Spend 1 minute (now, or very soon) continually drawing your attention to the word “abundance.” Ignore that you probably can’t entirely focus on “abundance” for a full minute (just yet) … make any distracting thought a gentle cue to come back to the thought of “abundance.”

calming-mind-brain-wavesTry it. Just 1 minute. Then notice what you notice. Most likely, a greater awareness of abundance.

Research reveals that meditation adds to the cortical thickness in your brain, which enhances your ability to connect different pieces of information in new and creative ways. Voila. You just made yourself 7% smarter/more creative.

 

Photo credit: http://www.freemeditation.com/articles/2009/09/10/calming-the-mind/

 

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