Ancient Meditation Techniques to Improve Your Memory, Concentration and Focus

memory, focus and concentration

Since ancient times, humans have tried various ways to enhance the power of brain. India’s ancient literature including the Vedas & other similar texts, written more than 4000 years ago, have documented several ways to improve our memory, concentration & focus. Decoding such information has been reasons for my travels & research. And during one of such of my travels of ancient India during the last 12 years, I came across this place called Kalugumalai.

Going there was not easy, and roads were not easy to travel through the various small villages.

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But it gave me immense pleasure, when I finally reached the ancient excavated cave. This place had marvellous sculptured rock-arts which depicted the various meditation-postures.
Excavations revealed the existence of an ancient school or university where meditation was taught to aspirants. There they used to practise various ways to attain wisdom of self- awakening of mind using various techniques. This included Pratyahara (control of sensory perception), Dhyan (fixed attention), Samadhi (absolute concentration) and Niyam (observance).

Cave idols cave main entrance

I interacted with various archaeologists, historians, sages & ancient texts. And I was able to get lot of information on meditation. This included various exercises, sound-frequencies & meditation ways used through ancient times for enhancing the power of brain.

A scientific research on meditation :

If you’re a student studying for any entrance exams like IIT JEE, NEET, CET, CAT, GMAT, GRE, UPSC, IAS, Civil Services Examination or any boards, then this knowledge can really help you to improve your memory and mental performance.

Everyone has moments of lapse of memory, from time to time, especially during exams or stressful periods. Losing focus or concentration can be frustrating when you need it the most.

Here are 5 researches which shows the scientific analysis of meditation on improving our memory, focus & concentration:

  1. Research has shown that meditation through ancient Indian Vedic texts is an exercise of consciousness. This has shown to result in reducing stress & increase concentration. The term “meditation” is now loosely used to refer to a large number of diverse techniques. These include contemplation, concentration, use of nature sounds such as the ocean, guided meditation, meditative movement exercises such as Yoga and tai chi, breathing exercises, and Mantra. Refer the research link here.
  2.  Grey matter (or gray matter) is a major component of the central nervous system . It contains most of the brain’s neuronal cell bodies. Gray matters are directly linked to memory. And reduction of gray matters causes memory problems. However, scientists observed that with proper meditation, there is increase of the gray matter in the brain. Refer the research link here.
  3.  Meditation has positive effects on on cognitive function and cerebral blood flow. This in turn helps to increase our memory & brain power. Refer the research link here.
  4. Self-focus meditation has also shown positive outcomes to battle anxiety & depression. This helps an increase in attention span & improving focus. Refer the research link here.
  5. It has been proved that meditation is not a mere form of relaxation but a way to help increase the various faculties of brain. Refer the research link here.

During my 12 years of travels of Indian ancient places like this one, my research was specifically to find techniques to increase memory, concentration & focus.
And hence utilizing the immense knowledge which I found, it helped me to create the powerful video meditation modules which you can read more on https://www.upaay.in/

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Yoga Nidra deciphered for Power nap and Guided Sleep Meditation

Yoga Nidra

Yoga Nidra has always been one of my interesting subjects during my research of ancient India. As per the ancient literature, the techniques of Yoga Nidra has been used by Yogis and Maharishis to attain supreme bliss. The exact knowledge of Yoga Nidra was never documented in detail but always passed from Guru to student. This intrigued me to research deeply on this subject and try to find the exact steps to attain it. My travels on ancient India helped me progress on my detailed research on Yoga Nidra. And after interacting with several people including archaeologists, historians, sages & meditation experts, I was able to complete the puzzles & get a concrete documentation.

Power nap Guided Sleep Meditation

Yog Nidra is a deep subject consisting of various steps and levels to attain. Through my research I was able to identify specific exercises which could help in increasing the productivity in your work. A step wise guided meditation technique can help to achieve a power nap which. This in turn helps to do more work with less sleep. It works by combinations of specific sound-frequencies, mudra postures & nyasa exercises. While doing the meditation, the brain shifts from beta, an awakened state filled with lots of brain activity, to alpha, a more relaxed state. Form alpha, you go into the REM sleep state where your thoughts slow down. And finally as you progress, the guided Yoga Nidra takes you in a state where you achieve utmost relaxation yet being in awake state. Through constant practice one can reach this state and get its benefits.

There are many researches which have been done scientifically to prove the efficacy of Yoga Nidra. Few of them are:
https://sleep.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s41606-017-0009-4
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22866996

3 Benefits of Yoga Nidra

The top three benefits of Yoga Nidra can be described as follows:

1. Through constant practice you can increase the productivity of your brain to do more work with less sleeping hours.

2. It helps activate the relaxation response and improve the functioning of your nervous system. This in turn help improve the functioning of brain by reducing anxiety & stress.

3. It also helps for people who have insomnia or sleep disorders. Plus also helps in restoring the body temperature.

I have documented my research through a series of video meditation modules which you can read more on https://www.upaay.in/

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Ancient Secrets to develop Positive Vibrations around you

Positive Vibrations

Positive vibrations play a very vital role in our life. If we can harness its power, then it can play a great role to enhance our luck or positive outcomes. I tried to research deeply on this topic while travelling through the 29 ancient cities. And found many interesting “upaays” or “solutions” to achieve it. The ancient texts talk on various specific sound-frequencies & meditation techniques. If they are done in proper way, it promises to enhance the aura around you and subsequently increase the positive vibrations. This in turn increases your probability to improve luck or positive outcomes because you will be more inclined towards positivity.

How to improve your vibrations?

Everything in the universe is made up of energy which vibrates at different frequencies.
Our ancient texts says that there are 4 energy levels: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. Each of these levels has a vibrational frequency, which when combined they form your overall vibration.

Following are three ancient ways to enhance positive vibrations:

  1.  Invoking the correct sound-frequencies to sync with the higher energy

    As per the old literatures and sacred texts, it has been said that each person is affected by different sound-frequencies. Different sound-frequencies have different impacts on each person’s vibrations. To get the maximum benefit, a specific sound-frequency needs to be used by an individual. This is derived basis the celestial coordinate system during the time of birth. And basis that your root sound-frequency can be determined using the ancient literature references. In this way through constant invocation, one can get sync with the higher energy & benefit the most.

  2. Regular guided meditation practice in your life

    Once an individual understands, their unique sound-frequency, then the next step is to constantly practice it through proper meditation. This forms the basis of guided meditation which helps one to grow exponentially. The ancient literature talks about using specific exercises to increase the vibrations which includes breathing, hand postures & mind techniques.

  3. Positive visualisations

And the most important step post the previous two is visualisation. This is the multiplier factor which enhances the positivity around you. This can be achieved by using the creative side of your brain. With constant usage of this method, the positivity starts reflecting in each work you do. This in turn results in more success & completion of tasks.

Scientific Research on Positive Vibrations & emotions:

There are lot of research done on this subject and it comes under “positive psychology“. It has been shown through lot of experiments that positive emotions can transform people for the better, giving them better success in their lives. One such research can be read here:
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3122271/

I have vastly researched on “positive vibrations” during my travels of ancient India’s literature. And hence utilizing the immense knowledge which I found, it helped me to create the powerful video meditation modules. You can read more on https://www.upaay.in/

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The ancient universities of India taught meditation & metaphysics!

University picture of ancient Nalanda
University picture of ancient Nalanda

There are so many universities in India. Many students apply each year for different faculties and streams. IIT JEE, NEET, UPSC, IAS, Civil Services Examinations  remains the most tough pre-university entrance exams. Lakhs of students sit to get the few hundreds of seats available.

But did you know?

India had universities more than 2000 years ago. During that time also thousands of students used to appear for entrance exams.
Ancient India was an educational hub having universties from where students used to come from far of countries and regions.

Roughly 1500 years old, archaeologist have unearthed 2 ancient universties in India located in Nalanda and Vikramshila. A third one was found in Taxila in the erstwhile ancient India which was built roughly around 2700 years ago.

This universities had the largest collection of ancient texts in form of libraries. Some of the subjects were in medicine, sanskrit, veda, logic, philosophy, culture, metaphysic, yoga nidra, maths, meditation etc.

To teach this subjects, there were proper hierarchy created as its even today – a principal, HOD, teachers, classes, students etc. But they had different names like Adhyaksh, Dvarapal, Mahapandit, Acharya and Bhiksu.

The universities were spread in acres. It had classes in form of monasteries. It had proper accommodation for students. Also there used to be a big kitchen were the food was cooked for all. Plus an open space activity area for all students. In short, they were well organized designed and constructed to impart high level education to its aspirants.

I have travelled and researched deeply on all this universities of ancient India and mainly focussed their learnings on meditation, metaphysics and ways to increase the mind-power. Utilizing the immense knowledge which I found, it helped me to create the powerful video meditation modules which you can read more on https://www.upaay.in/

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Top 3 Things You Need For UPSC, IAS, IIT-JEE, NEET Exams Preparation

Ancient Meditation - IIT JEE

During the last 12 years, I have travelled 29 ancient cities with one objective in mind – to learn the ancient meditation secrets & upaay (solutions). And my research was specifically inclined towards mastering the faculties of brain-power. And one such area where such techniques could really help was for candidates & students appearing for entrance exams. Entrance exams like IIT-JEE, NEET, CATUPSC, IAS, Civil Services Examination etc are the ultimate test of the human brain. And this knowledge from ancient India can be very useful in such preparations.

How to Prepare for an entrance exam

So, through my quest, I have identified the following top 3 things to crack any entrance exam:

  1.  Increasing Memory, Focus & Concentration

    This is the first step you will require to crack any entrance test like IIT-JEE, NEET, UPSC, IAS, Civil Services Examination , etc. With constant practice, you can achieve to enhance your focus & concentration. A good memory is combination of various factors. But as per a research, meditation has a big effect on cognitive function & hence helps to increase the memory.

  2.  Enhancing Productivity

    Time never stops. And we should be able to understand and utilise time effectively. And best way to do the same is to have a good sleep and get more time to work. A good power nap can help us achieve the same. There are several ways to improve productivity and one of the most potent technique is Yognidra. Its effects have been documented through scientific research too.

  3.  Improving Positive Vibrations

    Even if we have the best minds & productivity, it can go down the drain if we get “freezed” when the time comes. And thats where positive vibrations come and help you. Its not about thinking positive thought. But its a deeper research on specific sound-frequencies and its influence on our behaviour. It gives us the strength to fight anxiety & stress created during tough situations.

I have extensively researched on above topics through my travels on ancient India.  Plus,  I have documented my work through a series of video meditation modules which you can read more on https://www.upaay.in/

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The path for “Awakening” through meditation

Meditation

Meditation is a process through which you re-learn yourself and benefits you to channelize your inner energy to harness the power of mind.

During my journey to find more about ancient India’s rich knowledge in meditation, I found this site having one of the oldest sculpture of Buddha archaeologically dated back to around 1600 years ago. I was able to research on various old literature of ancient universities which helped me understand the various ancient ways to use it to the fullest for our complete benefit.

So the MEDITATION story goes like this :

Siddharth Gautam” was the real name of Buddha. The name Sidd hartha means “he who achieves his aim”. He was born to the king Suddhodana & queen Maya. As per a prediction from a seer, he was meant to become an ascetic or sages of the sage. Afraid of this, his father never let him go outside his palace and tried to hide him from any sick, aged and suffering.

But as destiny had it, at the age of 29, Siddhartha “Buddha” was said to have seen an old man. When his charioteer Channa explained to him that all people grew old, the prince went on further trips beyond the palace. On these he encountered a diseased man, a decaying corpse, and an ascetic. These made him realise that life is too small and he needs to achieve enlightenment before its too late. And hence started his path for “Awakening” through meditation and yoga nidra.

Gautam Buddha tried to decipher this meditation power he attained and explained his disciples through various teachings. Few things which he had taught comprised on increasing positivity, focus, yognidra & control on emotions through the control of mind.

Using this same knowledge through deep research by referring ancient texts, I was able to integrate it in the powerful video meditation modules I created on this topics. For more info, refer https://www.upaay.in/

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