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Meditation is proven to be a very effective way to boost mind power. Brain scans on long-term meditators have consistently shown parts of their brains have been activated that haven’t been (activated) in other individuals. And they are more regularly in the relaxing alpha and theta brain waves than non-meditators.

Brain waves, alpha, thetaSome successful and famous long-time meditators who use Transcendental Meditation (TM) and other similar meditation techniques include Hugh Jackman, Ellen DeGeneres, Rupert Murdoch, Oprah Winfrey, Katy Perry, Howard Stern, Russell Brand, Jerry Seinfeld, Martin Scorsese and Sir Paul McCartney.

Another famous meditator is American film director and author David Lynch who often mentions the importance of TM in his life when speaking in public. In his 2006 book Catching the Big Fish, Lynch talks about the wells of creativity this form of meditation allowed him to access.

 

“Meditation is all about the pursuit of nothingness. It’s like the ultimate rest. It’s better than the best sleep you’ve ever had. It’s a quieting of the mind. It sharpens everything, especially your appreciation of your surroundings. It keeps life fresh.” –Hugh Jackman

 

We outline the benefits of meditation and yoga in our new release bestseller GENIUS INTELLIGENCE: Secret Techniques and Technologies to Increase IQ. An excerpt from the book follows:

Yoga may also hold great potential for intelligence, although there have been limited studies done on this complex subject to date. One body of research was covered in an article by IQ test experts headlined Yoga Enhances IQ.

“Clinical tests have shown,” the article begins, “that consistent yoga practice can raise your IQ and increase your memory. Studies have found that yoga, besides improving fitness, health, co-ordination, reaction time and memory, also positively influences IQ.

“The brain functions of attention, cognition, processing of sensory information and visual perception are honed with yogic practices. Yogic practices – like hatha yoga, which is a medley of asanas, pranayama, meditation and Om chanting – increase blood feed to the brain. This helps in soothing the mind and enhances concentration. Memory power is given a boost, while also improving the ability to maintain focus and concentration.”

A renowned genius who has perhaps influenced as many lives as any other creative thinker in the modern era was Apple co-founder Steve Jobs (1955-2011). Although the history of his illustrious career in the tech industry has been well documented in books, movies and untold news articles, few are aware that Jobs was intensely interested in Yoga. (See recent post about Jobs and his love affair with Yoga and with India).

Yogic techniques for accelerated learning are probably related to other topics on the brain covered elsewhere in this book, including superluminal particles, brainwaves and the activation of dormant brain glands.

Besides meditation, breathing and posture are of course major components of most Yogic systems.

Posture being related to intelligence makes sense. After all, it seems difficult if not impossible to perform complex mental tasks while slouching, and most people automatically and unconsciously sit or stand upright and erect when faced with intellectual challenges. Good posture alone can mean scoring 5-10 points higher on an IQ test. Therefore it makes sense to maintain an erect spine at all times.

Deep breathing techniques to increase brain activity may also have some scientific validation. After all, the more oxygen you inhale, the more will enter your bloodstream and the more will be delivered to the brain, which requires rich supplies of oxygen to work efficiently.

Yogic breathing techniques, known as Pranayama, increase the supply of oxygen to the brain, which in turn enhances memory and concentration.

 

“One becomes firmly established in practice only after attending to it for a long time, without interruption and with an attitude of devotion.” –Yoga Sutra I.14

 

To read more about meditation and yoga for boosting mind power check out GENIUS INTELLIGENCE: Secret Techniques and Technologies to Increase IQ http://www.amazon.com/GENIUS-INTELLIGENCE-Techniques-Technologies-Underground-ebook/dp/B00QXQQWXO/

 

GENIUS INTELLIGENCE: Secret Techniques and Technologies to Increase IQ (The Underground Knowledge Series Book 1)

 

To view the discussion thread on genius intelligence (the phenomenon) in our ‘Underground Knowledge’ group on Goodreads check out: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/142309-29-conspiracy-theories—a-discussion-group >>> Everyone’s welcome!

 

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A renowned genius who has perhaps influenced as many lives as any other creative thinker in the modern era was Apple co-founder Steve Jobs (1955-2011). Although the history of his illustrious career in the tech industry has been well documented in books, movies and untold news articles, few are aware that Jobs was intensely interested in India – and in Yoga.

Steve Jobs and his beloved iPhone invention.

We detail this undisputed genius’s love affair with the Indian subcontinent, its people and its customs in our new release bestseller GENIUS INTELLIGENCE: Secret Techniques and Technologies to Increase IQ. An excerpt from the book follows:

Yoga Journal published an article on September 11, 2013 about the master inventor’s lifelong relationship with the Eastern discipline.

“Steve Jobs will long be remembered as an innovator whose vision changed the way we interact with the world through technology. But what many people don’t know is that Jobs was guided by an intense interest in spirituality and yoga.”

In 1974, shortly after he had dropped out of college, Jobs traveled to India as a backpacker. He stayed on the the subcontinent for seven months and during this period he first discovered and began to practice Yoga. He cited the experiences he had of meeting Yogis at ashrams all over India as being among the most influential of his life.

The 19 year-old returned to the US an altogether different person. Two years later, in 1976, Jobs co-founded Apple (with fellow college dropout Steve Wozniak) after having the revolutionary idea of personal computing for the masses.

Some say that Jobs’ statement “I was worth over $1,000,000 when I was 23, and over $10,000,000 when I was 24, and over $100,000,000 when I was 25, and it wasn’t that important because I never did it for the money,” was directly inspired by this passage from the holy Indian scripture Bhagavad Gita:“Relinquishing attachment to the fruits of work, always contented, independent (of material rewards), the wise do not perform any (binding) action even in the midst of activities”.

Whether that’s true or not is open to conjecture, but reportedly, the only book Jobs ever downloaded to his iPad was Autobiography of a Yogi, by Paramahansa Yogananda.

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A favorite of Jobs.

And in a 2013 interview with CNET.com, Marc Benioff, former business associate and close friend of Jobs, said guests at the iPhone/iPad/iPod creator’s memorial service were “each given a copy of the classic book Autobiography of a Yogi as per Jobs’ wishes.”

Benioff added, “He had the incredible realization that his intuition was his greatest gift and he needed to look at the world from the inside out.”

 

To read more about Steve Jobs and his love affair with India check out GENIUS INTELLIGENCE: Secret Techniques and Technologies to Increase IQ: http://www.amazon.com/GENIUS-INTELLIGENCE-Techniques-Technologies-Underground-ebook/dp/B00QXQQWXO/

 

 

To view the discussion thread on genius intelligence (the phenomenon) in our ‘Underground Knowledge’ group on Goodreads check out: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/142309-29-conspiracy-theories—a-discussion-group >>> Everyone’s welcome!

 

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