Can You Achieve True Happiness With Yoga Meditation Techniques?

I often tell my patients that I can treat their depression, but I can’t make them happy. It seems obvious, yet most people commonly think that if they aren’t happy, then they’re depressed. Not so simple. While medications, for example, can relieve symptoms of depression, attaining a state of true happiness requires quite a bit more self effort. Certain yoga meditation techniques can actually exercise that part of our brain that seems to sustain a sense of happiness. Exercising your brain in this way makes a state of happiness much easier to maintain.  A recent blog post over at Yoga Divinity.Com outlines some supporting evidence for this concept.

Can You Achieve True Happiness With Yoga Meditation Techniques?

“Happiness is the purpose of life,” says the Dalai Lama. In writings and teachings exploring the intersection of science and spirituality, he describes studies in which experienced monks were connected to electrodes in order to measure their brain activity during meditation. Results showed increased activity in the region of the brain associated with positive thinking.

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Certain yoga meditation techniques can promote happiness. Photo by Sergey Furtaev c/o Photos.Com.

According to Dr. Richard Davidson, psychologist and researcher at the University of Wisconsin, these findings suggest that the brain can be trained through meditation to think happier thoughts just as muscles can be made stronger through exercise. With practice, the mind-body circuitry undergoes permanent changes that continue beyond the meditative state.

Read the entire post here at yogadivinity.com:

Yoga meditation techniques that bring happiness are actually training the brain to think, to experience and to process our everyday existence in a different, more efficient way. Just like your physical body can move and get around, a more physically fit body does it better, easier and more gracefully. Why not start yoga meditation yourself and begin your own journey towards a happier existence? It’s never too late to start.

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Inhale, and God approaches you. Hold the inhalation, and God remains with you. Exhale, and you approach God. Hold the exhalation, and surrender to God.

                                                                                         —  Krishnamacharya

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