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girl-pose-344322I believe higher consciousness brings greater happiness.  In one survey, I assembled a focus group of 30 people and questioned them extensively to determine the level of consciousness they primarily operated from.  I also questioned them about their level of happiness with numerous areas of their life.  There was an extremely strong correlation between the participants’ level of consciousness and their level of happiness with 18 out of 21 of areas of their life.  The higher their consciousness, the higher their level of happiness was.  In fact, if both were scaled on a 100 point scale, on average, their level of happiness was within 9 points of their level of consciousness.  Why?

One of the hallmarks of higher consciousness is a more coherent mind.  In a highly coherent mind, internal conflicts rarely occur.  Thoughts tend to operate in harmony with each other.  The person also tends to perceives themselves as being in a positive relationship with their environment.  Meditation has been shown to be one of the most reliable means of increasing mental coherence.

Research is beginning to shed further light on how and why higher consciousness and more coherent minds are providing greater happiness.  In an article in Dailymail, an accomplished meditator was wired up to have his brain waves measured while he meditated.

“The scans showed that when meditating on compassion, Ricard’s brain produces a level of gamma waves – those linked to consciousness, attention, learning and memory – ‘never reported before in the neuroscience literature’…

…The scans also showed excessive activity in his brain’s left prefrontal cortex compared to its right counterpart, giving him an abnormally large capacity for happiness and a reduced propensity towards negativity.”

When questioned, the monk stated that “He believes meditation can alter the brain and improve people’s happiness in the same way that lifting weights puts on muscle.”

Here are some links to the outside research that I mentioned above:

Daily Mail:

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B.B.C. :

This article states:

“One thing that meditation does for those who practice it a lot is that it cultivates attentional skills,” Dr Josipovic says, adding that those harnessed skills can help lead to a more tranquil and happier way of being.

And this reorganization in the brain may lead to what some meditators claim to be a deep harmony between themselves and their surroundings.

Here’s a link to the article