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July 2023 TDM
The "Spiritual Minimalism" Issue
Welcome to the 51st issue of The Daily Meditator. This is your monthly resource for fun, quirky, interesting, and noteworthy happenings in and around the worldwide meditation community, curated by meditation teacher, Light Watkins and co. Our mission is simple: to help broaden the horizon of what a daily meditator looks like while providing you with relevant information and timely inspiration for staying committed to your daily practice.
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[ MEDITATION & NEWS ]
Depressed? Meditation Shown To Help Recall Positive Memories
Remembering the good old days just got a whole lot easier. You heard it right—sitting with your eyes closed for 10 to 20 minutes a day can actually make those memories flood back. According to techexplorist.com, researchers discovered that meditation can help people with depression remember good stuff from their past.
The study, led by experts from the University of St. Andrews, involved 50 students with a history of depression. Half of them were asked to color digital images (apparently coloring is good for anxiety), while the other half embarked on a ten-minute daily meditation journey filled with visions of happy people and mantras about love and peace.
The meditation group had a greater increase in specific memory recall compared to the coloring crew. And not just any memories, but positive ones.
Bottom line: If you've got the blues and want to reminisce about the good old days, close your eyes, take a few deep breaths, and let the memories flow.
Light is gearing up for his next Vedic Meditation Teaching Tour. He will be hosting trainings in Los Angeles, Austin, New York, and London starting in August. Spaces are limited so don’t wait! Book your spot now.
[ MEDITATION & TECHNOLOGY ]
Meditation Being Used To Enhance Brain Control AI
Scientists have embarked on a quest to harness the power of brain-computer interfaces. But what is brain-computer interface? A brain-computer interface (BCI) is a special way for our brains to talk directly to computers or other devices. Instead of using our hands or voices, we can control things just by thinking. It's like having a direct connection between our thoughts and the computer.
But it seems that achieving mind-blowing results requires more than a mere moment of meditation bliss. The recent findings published in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, suggest that practicing meditation for a longer period of time is needed to witness any tangible improvements.
These researchers are delving into the potential benefits of using mindfulness meditation to enhance brain-computer interfaces, which allow people to control machines with their thoughts. Imagine the possibilities! But here's the catch: even with extensive training, approximately 20% of the population struggles to master brain-computer interfaces. Scientists are turning to meditation as a potential solution.
Their previous study demonstrated that an 8-week meditation course led to better brain-computer interface control. But now they're wondering if a quick 20-minute meditation session could have similar effects. Alas, their investigation showed that brief meditation hardly influenced brain-computer interface performance.
Bottom line: In the ever-advancing realm of brain-computer interfaces, scientists discovered that meditation is no magic shortcut, but rather a marathon. It's time to take a seat and meditate for the long run.
Join Light Watkins at his next Urban Meditation Retreat in Lisbon. Discover the profound benefits of Vedic Meditation, whether you're a beginner or an experienced practitioner. Gain the tools to meditate independently, cultivating presence, energy, and stress-free life. Explore Lisbon's charm while receiving personalized guidance from Light Watkins himself. Spaces are limited so book your spot now!
[ MEDITATION & TRAVEL ]
A Disneyland For Meditators Just Opened in India
Want to ride a rollercoaster into your inner awareness? According to explorencr.com, tucked away in the heart of Noida, this extraordinary park blends ancient wisdom with modern entertainment in a way that will leave you spellbound. As you step into Ved Van, you'll be greeted by the delightful presence of over 50,000 trees, creating an atmosphere of positivity and tranquility.
The park pays homage to the ancient Vedas, India's sacred scriptures while offering an array of captivating attractions. Explore intricately carved temples dedicated to Hindu deities, roam through lush gardens filled with medicinal plants and aromatic herbs, and indulge in the rich tapestry of Indian culture through mesmerizing dance performances, soul-stirring music concerts, and engaging storytelling sessions.
What's even more remarkable is that this enchanting haven was once a dumping yard, transformed into a beautiful place thanks to the hard work of the Noida Authority and various departments.
Bottom line: Who needs Mickey Mouse when you can have Hanuman?
[ MEDITATION & TECHNIQUE ]
New Sleep Hack: Use This Breathing Meditation to Drift Off
There's a new sleep hack taking TikTok by storm, and no, it doesn't involve strange DIY contraptions or questionable substances. According to sleepopolis.com, the Pineal Gland Meditation Method—the supposed magic trick for falling asleep faster. Content creator Olivia Hedlund spilled the beans on this technique, claiming it works like a charm.
The method involves deep breaths, stomach clenching, and holding your breath. But fear not, it's not as extreme as it sounds. Experts explain that focusing on the pineal gland helps release sleep-inducing melatonin. For the full instructions on how to do the method, click here.
Bottom line: So is this breathing technique a dream come true or just another TikTok trend? Let's separate the snooze from the news and find out!
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[ MEDITATION & POP-CULTURE ]
Live Nation Joins Crowded Mindfulness App Scene
Everybody and their mother is getting into the mindfulness game. According to Forbes.com, one of the largest event companies in the world and the mastermind behind TicketMaster has added a new venture to its portfolio—the Mindful Nation app. For a modest monthly fee of $4.99, this app promises to blend music and meditation, providing more than 1,000 classes to calm your scattered mind.
They've got sessions tailored to every vibe imaginable—mind, sleep, and day-to-day life. Plus, they've enlisted an army of artists from various genres to curate playlists that accompany your serene journey. Mindful Nation initially catered to the corporate world but has now set its sights on touring artists, crew members, and music fans alike. Live Nation's CEO and president, Michael Rapino, is excited to see the benefits of mindfulness spreading across the industry.
Bottom line: For just a few dollars a month, you can now immerse yourself in a world of music-infused meditation and find your inner peace while Live Nation finds another way to make a buck.
[ REALITY CHECK ]
Everything You Need
By Light Watkins
George Burns, the comedian-turned-actor whose career spanned 94 years, was once asked in an interview, what's the best way for a new performer to earn more money? His answer: "Don't ever worry about earning more money. Just get good. Once you're good, the money will come."
I would say his advice also applies to the idea of manifesting. Don't ever worry about manifesting what you want to experience. Just be a good person, commit to doing your inner work, lead with gratitude, and follow your heart, and everything you need will come right when it's supposed to come.
[ READ. WATCH. LISTEN. ]
Read: Travel Light: Spiritual Minimalism to Live a More Fulfilled Life
The most recent creation from TDM founder, Light Watkins, introduces a refreshing perspective on minimalism. Travel Light unveils the concept of “Spiritual minimalism” emphasizing the importance of inner transformation for true happiness. Rather than focusing solely on decluttering physical belongings, Travel Light explores trusting one's inner guidance and incorporating service, love, and purpose into daily life. Through engaging stories, practical exercises, and real-world experiments, author Light Watkins guides readers on an inside-out journey of minimalism. Learn to prioritize inner happiness, make heart-centered decisions, embrace discomfort, and cherish every moment. Discover the freedom of choicelessness and declutter not only physical possessions but also life decisions, values, and purpose. Pre-Order now
Watch: Minimalism: A Documentary about Important Things
Minimalism: A Documentary about Important Things is a captivating exploration of living with less. Follow Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus as they embark on a transformative journey, sharing insights and experiences during their year-long book tour. This fast-paced and thought-provoking film reveals the joy and freedom of simplifying our lives. Available on various platforms, including Netflix and iTunes, it's a must-watch for those seeking a meaningful existence. Watch now
Listen: Travel Light on the Take Back Your Mind podcast
Host Rev. Michael B. Beckwith engages in a profound conversation with Light Watkins, author of the upcoming book, Travel Light: Spiritual Minimalism to Live a More Fulfilled Life, exploring the core principles of spiritual minimalism. They delve into Light's personal journey, the concept of "split-testing" the heart-voice, and the transformative power of following one's curiosity to discover true purpose. Don't miss out on the wisdom and inspiration brought forth in this thought-provoking discussion. Listen now
Have you listened to Light’s podcast, The Light Watkins Show? If inspiration was a drop of water, The Light Watkins Show would be like an ocean. Each candid interview is sure to leave you uplifted, inspired, and motivated to follow your heart, take a leap of faith, and believe in yourself. Listen or watch now.
[ REPORT FROM THE FIELD ]
Meditation has allowed me to develop a clearer connection with my voice of inner guidance
What have you gotten from meditation? I’ve gotten a lot more familiar with my heart voice, or my voice of inner guidance. It’s to the point now where it speaks to me clearly, like a roommate—as opposed to sounding elusive, whispery, and muffled.
Strangest meditation moment? In the early days, I would go so deep into meditation that I would be late for appointments, which was very embarrassing. Because most people don’t go that deep while meditating, it would be hard for them to know if I was telling the truth. So I had to start using an alarm.
Most unexpected benefit of meditation? Not needing as much sleep. I went from needing 7 or 8 hours of sleep to only needing about 5 or 6. The quality of rest I get is now through the roof. And I’m not just imagining that. It’s been tested by my doctor.
Two of Our Favorite Instagram Accounts with a Purpose
Shaun T (left) is a fitness powerhouse and motivational guru. With his infectious energy and transformative workout programs, he has inspired millions to embrace a healthier lifestyle and achieve their fitness goals. As the creator of popular fitness programs like "Insanity" and "T25," Shaun T has revolutionized the way people approach exercise, making it accessible, challenging, and fun. He also shares daily doses of motivation, fitness tips, and glimpses into his own journey. Shaun T's authentic and relatable style empowers his followers to push past their limits, believe in themselves, and unlock their true potential. Follow him @shaunt
Courtney Carver (right) is a renowned author, speaker, and advocate for simplicity and intentional living. With her relatable and compassionate approach, she has inspired countless individuals to let go of clutter, busyness, and overwhelm, and instead embrace a life of greater meaning and joy. Courtney's best-selling books, "Soulful Simplicity" and "Project 333," have become go-to resources for those seeking guidance on decluttering, minimalism, and cultivating a more intentional lifestyle. Through her popular podcast, "Soul and Wit," she shares wisdom and interviews guests who have transformed their lives through simplicity. Courtney's message resonates deeply, offering practical insights and actionable steps to create a life that aligns with one's true values. Follow her @bemorewithless
Minimalism is the intentional promotion of the things we most value and the removal of everything that distracts us from it.
— Joshua Becker
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