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Anthropology ISU Presentation - Teens and Spirituality

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Aniket Verma

on 24 July 2012

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Teens and Spirituality By: Aniket Verma In the modern world, we as teens are easily distracted by cellphones, computers, televisions, videogames or other forms of live or electronic media. Develop a Hypothesis If teens were able to develop a more spiritual attitude towards the way they percieve and understand the world by not spending too much time on electronics, then they would be able to give meaning to what is truly important. Identify a Problem This distraction has made us forget to value the true beauty and nature of life, it is making the present generation slowly branch off of the evoutionary tree Anyone have any ideas? Meditation! This helps teens gain a spiritual sense, while also improving overall health and education. "[Spirituality] is a new way of seeing and a new way of being"
(Deepak Chopra) * Spirituality VS Religion * Spirituality follows 3 basic principles: 1. *Everything is connected* 2. Everything looks out for everything else 3. Everything is in harmony with the world Discussion about spirituality "[Spirit is] everywhere, making sure that everything is connected. The light from a star billions of light years away is the same light that makes plants grow here on Earth. The plants give food; the food has allowed you to develop in your mother's womb; and today you look at the star with the eyes that the stars gave you. There's the cosmic connection."
(Deepak Chopra) What is Meditation? state of concentrated focus (i.e. during meditation you focus on a specific thought, mantra, or object) is an ancient technique of controlling your breath to attain inner peace between your mind and body, as well as the universe basic idea of meditation is to still the mind through several different breathing techniques TECHNIQUES involve sitting quietly with your eyes closed
others involve physical movement (e.g. tai chi, yoga)
can be classified by the mental process of the mind: 1) Focusing on a specific thought, sensation, or external object: trains the mind to ignore extraneous thoughts and sensations to improve focusing ability
e.g. Theravadin Buddhist 2) Minfullness or Insightful Meditation allows mind to experience all thoughts and expressions without focusing on a single object
i.e. you are almost not thinking about anything 3) Contemplative Meditation one thinks about a philosophical question or pleasant concept such as "love"
one contemplates the meaning of a thought 4) Transcendental Meditation this ultimately lowers your level of thinking and experiencing to a state of mind that is restful AND alert
doesn't involve concentration, sound allows ones awareness to shift from the surface level ("awake level") of thinking to subtler levels of thinking litsening to sound without meaning (selected for its soothing influence on the mind) *Overall: During meditation, the mind is aware of the present moment but does not react to it. In short, it is like being awake and asleep at the same time. Why Meditate? Student-Related Benefits Meditation and Schools is increasing popularity and shows: decrease in student conflicts
improves tests, quizes and overall marks
*brings fourth new interests* (understand yourself more clearly)
decreases anxiety, increases confidence 75%of insomnia patients fall asleep in under 2o min
decrease in production of stress hormone: cortisol
decrease thickness of artery walls; lessens risk of heart attack by 8% - 15% Meditation Benefits Scientists have also proven that:
meditation increases thickness of the brain cortex that deals with sensory processing and attention
*Improves concentration ability *Meditation may also make people 12 - 15 years younger (psychologically)
this increases the chances of leading a longer, healthier life :D Connection to Psychology: William James (1842 -1910) Founder of American Psychology suggested that meditation may help study the development of the conciousness Meditation makes one become SELF - ACTUALIZING (Maslow) Desire of self-fulfillment, to transform one's potential into reality, "to become more and more what one is, to become everything that one is capable of becoming" (Abraham Maslow’s hierarchy)
People who display high levels of creativity, self-esteem, concern for the well being of the world community Brain Waves In our brains, the billions upon billions of neurons send electrical signals throughout our nervous system to produce thought, motor skills, speech, etc.
The pattern of these signals make up our different brain waves: Alpha, Gamma, Theta, Delta, and Beta (uneffected by meditation)
During meditation, there is a shift in frequencies, and this produces the many benefits of meditation ALPHA:
most active, causes change in autonomic nervous system, switches Sympathetic NS with Parasympathetic NS (secondary)
RESULTS: decrease in blood pressure, heart rate and stress, overall --> calms mind and body GAMMA:
greatly increase during meditation
RESULTS: increase ability to focus and concentrate THETA:
A.K.A. gateway to "Third Eye"
belived to be channel through which practioners gain wisdom
RESULTS: invoke deep sense of relaxation e.g. hypnosis DELTA:
slowest of all, are waves that you experience in deep sleep
RESULTS: helps explore unconscious mind coronary artery disease by 87%
cancer by 55% Meditation Benefits Lowers the chance of: Interview Have you meditated in your life, before this experiment? Do you enjoy meditation? While meditating, how do you feel? How do you feel after meditating? Relaxed/Peaceful Other: Bored Other: Couldn't
Concentrate Relaxed/Peaceful Other: Confident Spiritually
Enlightened Do you feel that you are more focused in your daily life, after you meditate? If your response was "Yes" in the above question, in what ways did you feel that you have more focus? Yes No Response Response Count Class Lessons Homework School Work Interaction with People I selected "No" in the previous question Sports Decision-Making Tolerance Introduction No No Yes Yes Conclusion results from the survey and interview all supprt the hypothesis
All findings can be sort into three main categories: education, thought process, and stress reduction However... *Becasue it very much depends on how we use our technology, and that it is not entirely a negative change towards human life, teenagers can balance both electronic use as well as leading a spiritual life. Any Questions? The end In other words... Restate hypothesis: If teens were able to take time off their electronics during moments where they don’t need to use them, and spend that time meditating, then they can gain a more spiritual mentality by reconnecting ourselves with what is important while having a clear thought process, and also improving overall health and education. Demonstration: Live
How to: Video
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