Dear Éiriú Eolas family,
In the last couple of months we’ve been focusing on different aspects of physical health. We hope you’ve enjoyed the information and found it useful. There will be more to come as the Éiriú Eolas team is always on the lookout for the latest research in health and wellness.
This month we return to the basics: why meditation is such an important part of a balanced, healthy life. We feel that regular Éiriú Eolas practice, with its direct stimulation of the vagus nerve, will bring the benefits of a meditation practice to your life more quickly and easily than any other system today. And even if there isn’t a class available in your area, it is available online!
Also this month we introduce Michael Franzl, one of our European Éiriú Eolas teachers. He is the tech guru who makes sure our letters go out so nicely each month. Thanks Michael!
Wishing all the northerners a good return to “regular life” as the holidays come to an end. For our southern members, it will soon be time to get out the barbeque. Enjoy!
The Éiriú Eolas Team
In this issue:
Michael Franzl is an IT entrepreneur and part-time teacher working and living in Vienna/Austria and has recently founded his own company, programming and distributing software for gastronomy businesses and retail stores. Although his professional background is a rather technical one, having studied electromechanical engineering, he early became interested in martial arts, yoga and meditation. After having attended several seminars that promised personality development — always on the lookout for “the one thing” that could make the difference in his life — he discovered the breathing technique Éiriú Eolas. As Michael likes to say in his introductory EE classes:
“As some of my close friends and high school colleagues can confirm, it was always a very unlikely scenario for me to stand in front of a group of people, getting their attention and talking to them. In my youth I was rather shy and avoided confrontation at all costs. No wonder I had negative social experiences in school. Over the years, I developed a deep anxiety about being in groups, a fear that not only was psychological but also had strong physical effects — today I know that my “fight or flight” mechanisms were activated whenever I was confronted with social situations.
Always looking for a way out, nothing seemed to help this deeply ingrained behaviour that seemed to have been burned into my nervous system.
That is, until I discovered Éiriú Eolas. Within one year of practicing the deep and very controlled breathing exercises, learning to control my fears, and using the meditation as a form of prayer that I may receive support, I had founded my own company, began two jobs as a part-time teacher and was holding computer seminars. That meant I was standing in front of groups all the time!
The experience of finally having overcome my fears and even enjoying my ‘new and free life’ was such a profound experience that I wished to teach those breathing techniques myself.”
Michael underwent the EE training in September of 2010 and began giving regular EE classes to the students of a nurses’ school Vienna in the spring of 2011. Beginning with September 5th 2011, Michael will be giving open sessions in the center of Vienna.
He invites everyone in his classes with this goal:
Regular application of the very deep breathing exercises and the meditation, which can be done every night before falling asleep, and the proper attitude of spirit, can make a real difference in life. Nothing really stands between you and your goals. For me Éiriú Eolas is a way to connect to the world, to care for it, as it cares for me. The certainty that I experience during regular EE practice helps me keep going in more stressful and problematic times, which no doubt will always exist. You can’t circumvent them. You can only master them. Sharing your own experiences and hearing the experiences of others is already a great leap forward.
Ok ok…I’m sure by now you have read about meditation in a number of places.
But is meditation really for you and WHY should you even sit down and shut up?
Let me explain…
Meditation has been used for centuries as a method for relaxation, improving health, and finding mental clarity. With so many benefits, it’s no wonder that it is used in cultures all over the world.
It’s hard to believe that something that looks so much like sitting around doing nothing is really doing quite a lot for your mind, body, and spirit. However, it has been found that as little as ten minutes of meditation a day can bring about significant positive changes.
Here are 45 reasons why you need to start meditating …
- Allows for healthier flow of oxygen to the brain, which means clearer thinking and better reasoning skills.
- Better blood flow to the muscles also helps with physical stamina so you are able to exercise more easily and for longer periods.
- The controlled breathing of meditation translates into slower respiration and a decrease in asthma attacks and other breathing issues.
- Deepens religious/spiritual devotion and understanding.
- Meditation actually relaxes the nervous system, leading to a decrease in multiple stress-induced reactions.
- It also lowers your heart rate to a healthier level.
- The act of meditating, as well as the meditative exercises themselves, creates a more self-actualized individual.
- Doesn’t have negative physical side effects, as do anti-anxiety medications.
- Develops emotional maturity as one learns to be calm in the face of drama.
- Increases the release of serotonin in the brain, a chemical that improves mood and makes one feel good naturally.
- Helps prevent panic attacks in those who suffer from anxiety disorders.
- Meditation can be used to improve memory and the ability to learn new things.
- Those who meditate are able to see the big picture in order to solve complex problems.
- The relaxing effects of meditation lead to less aggressive behavior in individuals.
- Helps with the process required to break bad habits and addictions such as smoking, drinking, and using drugs.
- Slows down the racing thoughts that often keep people distracted and awake at night. In general, those who meditate find that they fall asleep easily.
- Helps to normalize blood pressure.
- Meditative exercises lead to a higher level of attention and empathy throughout the day.
- Offers an opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of oneself.
- Improves physical and mental reaction time during stressful situations.
- Can be a solitary act that requires no outside influence, including money.
- Allows an individual to feel a sense of connection to everything and everyone, increasing the personal capacity for love and acceptance.
- Through meditation, one is able to develop aspects of his or her character, such as will power and inner strength.
- Increases patience in those who practice, as they are less agitated and are even able to engage in meditation at times (like waiting in lines) when others would become annoyed.
- Keeps mental faculties sharp and slows down the effects of age on the brain.
- Meditators shift brain activity to less stress-prone areas of the brain,decreasing the negative effects of mild stress, depression, and anxiety.
- Ability to release negative emotions, rather than allowing them to become one’s focus.
- An improvement in physical posture results from holding one’s body appropriately, practicing breathing, and even from an increased sense of self confidence.
- The physical benefits of meditation include a decrease in physical pain, especially for chronic pain sufferers.
- Brings an opportunity to simplify one’s life, whether it means quieting some inner turmoil or recognizing the need for less material goods.
- It is common for those who meditate to discover a significant increase in their energy levels.
- Lessens the severity of physical and emotional symptoms of pre-menstrual syndrome and other stress factors.
- Helps increase the overall amount lost during one’s weight-loss program due to a lowering of cortisol, as well as other factors.
- Those who meditate regularly benefit from lower levels of heart disease.
- Restores the body to a calm state once the flight or fight reflex has been triggered by an environmental stressor.
- Boosts an individual’s immune system to help ward off physical ailments and diseases.
- Increases creative output as the left and right hemispheres of the brain communicate more effectively and the mind is filled with less clutter and better able to focus in new directions.
- Can be used in conjunction with other forms of medicine or therapy to enhance physical and mental outcomes.
- Breathing is slowed for more efficient use of oxygen and a decreased waste of energy.
- Improves one’s ability to “live in the present” rather than always fretting over future desires or past regrets.
- Improves the ability to recognize one’s own thoughts and thought patterns, thereby allowing for self-reflection, acknowledgement, and even change.
- Removes obstacles preventing individuals from succeeding, specifically by making them clear to the individual so he or she can make appropriate changes on the path to success.
- Strengthens the digestive system for improved overall health and wellness of the body.
- Decreases tension within the muscles of the body, resulting not only in better relaxation, but also a lower likelihood of sustaining an injury.
- Hand-eye coordination increases within individuals who practice meditation.
In 2003, Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn of the University of Massachusetts Medical School conducted a research study regarding the effects of meditation on highly-stressed employees at a high-tech company. The resulting brain scans showed that thoseemployees who had been taught to meditate experienced a transfer in their brain activity into the joy and happiness center in the left frontal lobe of the brain.
Studies like this one are getting more and more companies, as well as individuals, thinking about the benefits of meditation and what the practice could mean for them. From increased productivity and job satisfaction to better relationships among employees, there are some real reasons to consider meditation in the workplace.
Of course, all of these benefits can be extended to everyday life, too, so considering meditation just for job purposes is too narrow of a focus. Instead, think of how you could gain physically, emotionally, and spiritually by incorporating a few minutes of this deep relaxation into your daily schedule.
Thousands of years’ worth of evidence shows pretty conclusively that those who practice meditation are both happier and healthier overall. Not bad for something that requires no money, no equipment, and only a few minutes a day.
What are you waiting for?