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Saturday, August 27, 2016

Shocking New Research on The Effects of Meditation Practice

You may be curious about meditation, but not really sure how it works or what it does. It may seem foreign to you or you may have the idea that it's something monks do while living in caves in the Himalayas.

Maybe you know someone who meditates and you've heard them gush about the physical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual benefits of their practice.

Devotees of meditation can be pretty adamant about what they're doing and those looking in from the outside may be skeptical. Today, scientific research is being applied to meditation with some fairly astounding results.

Apart from the religious and philosophical systems that often come attached to meditation practices--it is actually a quite straight-forward and natural human ability. Simply stated, meditation is practice of focusing your attention in a specific way for a period of time.

The focus of meditation can be your posture, your breathing, sensations inside your body, contemplation of specific ideas, visualisation of desired experiences, or openness to spiritual realities.

Different meditation styles have different points of focus which lead to different effects. Most commonly, any form of meditation will help you de-stress and feel more "centered." It relaxes your body, calms your emotions, clears and quiets your mind, and gives you a feeling of integration.

Meditation also increases your mental powers of concentration, insight, memory, and visualization. Consistent meditation practice can release layers of inner tensions, traumas, and limitations so that you feel more mentally and emotionally healthy and whole.

The focus of meditation can be your posture, your breathing, sensations inside your body, contemplation of specific ideas, visualization of desired experiences, or openness to spiritual realities.

Different meditation styles have different points of focus which lead to different effects. Most commonly, any form of meditation will help you de-stress and feel more "centered." It relaxes your body, calms your emotions, clears and quiets your mind, and gives you a feeling of integration.

Meditation also increases your mental powers of concentration, insight, memory, and visualization. Consistent meditation practice can release layers of inner tensions, traumas, and limitations so that you feel more mentally and emotionally healthy and whole.

Deep meditative states are often associated with spiritual experiences and feelings of connection and "oneness." In addition, visualization in a meditative state can be used to enhance any activity that you want to get better at or any experience that you want to grow in your life.

Recently, meditation has become the subject of intensive scientific research. Here are just a few results from among many studies. These studies show that, not only does meditation give you powerful inner experiences, it also positively affects your brain:

1. Meditation practiced consistently over a long period of time changes brain structure for the better. A 2011 study shows that meditation can have a positive effect on the brain in as little as eight weeks. Participants in the study showed increases in grey matter in the hippocampus, which is associated with self-awareness, social awareness, compassion, and memory formation. (Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging,Volume 191, Issue 1 , Pages 36-43, 30 January 2011)

2. Another 2011 study showed increased connections throughout the whole brain as a result of meditation practice. ("Enhanced brain connectivity in long-term meditation practitioners," NeuroImage. Volume 57, Issue 4, pages 1308-16, August 2011). The changes were strongest in connections involving the anterior cingulate, a brain area related to the ability to regulate emotions and behavior.

3. A study published in 2010 in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease (Volume 20:2, April 2010) showed that meditation shows great promise for lessening and possibly reversing the effects of Alzheimer's Disease. The study found that Kirtan Yoga, a form of meditation, performed only 12 minutes a day for eight weeks, increased brain activity in areas central to memory and improved cognition and well-being in patients with memory loss.

These are just a few examples of how science is validating what practitioners of meditation have known for centuries--

Meditation is one of the most powerful tools we have for improving health, reducing stress, increasing mental-emotional well-being, maintaining peak performance and feeling more joy in your life.

Enjoy your practice!

- Kevin Schoeninger

Friday, August 5, 2016

A Plan that Covers Multiple Illnesses and Provides Multiclaim Option


With the developing need for insurance and the change in the  consumption pattern, even insurance companies like ICICI Lombard, Max Bhupa, HDFC  Life, Edelweiss Tokio LifeLIC,etc. have started selling policies online. Some of them are general insurance companies while some are life insurance companies. One website which is both innovative and user friendly is www.edelweisstokio.in . Recently 

Edelweiss Tokio Life came up with a new website and the same was trending on twitter. The website has a new gen look with user friendly features. There is an e-advisor named ‘Ed’ who helps one understand and analyse his/her insurance needs and he will recommend the insurance plan which will suit the user’s needs. The need analyser is helpful and simple.  Ed has a friendly appearanceThe entire process of understanding the product, buying and filling the application is simple and can be done at one’s convenience. 

Another attractive feature of the website is that one can opt for multiple insurance policies and add it to the cart. This is amusing as not many BFSI websites have this innovative feature.

Edelweiss Tokio Life is the proud insurer of the entire Indian Olympic team at Rio’16. Every athlete of the Indian Olympic team is provided with a term life cover by Edelweiss Tokio Life.  

Edelweiss Tokio Life provides various plans for various financial needslike retirement, protection, savings, investments, education, etc. Fewplans are sold online;

Edelweiss Tokio Life – MyLife+: An online term plan which provides a longer life cover and high sum assured at low premium rates. It provides a longer life cover up to the age of 80 which is not provided by many life insurance companies. They also provide an accidental permanent and total disability rider which provides the lumpsum amount incase the policyholder is completely disabled.

Edelweiss Tokio Life – CritiCare+: critical illness plan which covers against 17 critical illnesses including cancer, heart disease, kidney failure, blindness, etc. at low premium rates. It’s the only plan which provides a multi-claim option under which the policyholder can claim thrice on the occurrence of a critical illness and his future premiums will be waived off after the first claim.

Edelweiss Tokio Life – Wealth Accumulation (Accelerated Cover):  It’s a ULIP plan which has all the individual funds rated star by Morningstar. It’s an ideal plan for long term investments. One can switch between funds under this plan. A range of individual plans are available to suit your needs as per your risk appetite.,

Edelweiss Tokio Life – Wealth Builder: This plan is great for those who don’t like to take any risk in their investments or savings. It’s a savings plan that provides guaranteed returns along with a bonus amount. This plan is ideal for child’s education or other financial goals which you wouldn’t want to risk due to market unstabilities.

Most plans provided by Edelweiss Tokio Life are designed in such a manner that it fulfils the insurance needs of the customer and even ‘Ed’ follows the Tagline ‘Insurance Se Badkar Hai Aapki Zaroorat’.

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