The Next Best Thing Since Yoga?
There is a new, sustainable way to eliminate stress and anxiety, and to live up to your full potential as a human being.
Research shows that 43% of adults suffer health problems due to stress and that up to 90% of doctor visits are stress-related. OSHA declared stress a hazard of the workplace. The World Health Organization estimates that American businesses lose $300 billion annually due to stress.
We all know that yoga is an amazing tool for reducing stress. Yogis are often calmer and free from physical and mental ailments. But 40 years ago, yoga was on the fringe. Once esoteric, yoga is now a full-fledged cultural movement with NYC leading the way as one of the top U.S. cities for yoga.
The benefits of yoga are backed by science. The Mayo Clinic, for example, studies the physiological and psychological underpinnings of yoga and promotes the use of yoga for its positive effects on body, mind, and spirit.
Yoga has moved from skepticism, to scrutiny, to taking over Times Square.
Applied neuroscience is the new yoga
Specifically, in recent decades, our understanding of the prefrontal cortex has blossomed. Prominent scientists are uncovering the vast and powerful benefits of energizing your higher brain.
For example, Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn, Executive Director of the Center for Mindfulness and the renowned Stress Reduction Clinic at UMass, teaches the necessity of activating the regions associated with the prefrontal cortex. Your higher brain is critical for:
- insightful problem solving
- concentration and consciousness
- health and well-being
- controlling gene expression
In order to get the benefits that have been promised by yoga, the prefrontal cortex must be activated. And in order to make permanent change, the prefrontal cortex must become the dominant way to process information.
Movement toward evolution
HBL and SCM are systems that turn off lower-brain stress response, energize the prefrontal cortex, and install strategies that are required to create a life that reflects your full potential and that maintains the dominance of the higher brain. EEG studies have shown dramatic increase in activity in the prefrontal cortex both during and long after HBL sessions. Research at the University of Iowa has demonstrated large significant increases in thriving, compared to a control group, for people that have engaged the HBL, 22-session, Fearlessly Authentic Life Program.
Spiritual experience is also associated with activation in the higher brain. Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, have shown that the brains of Tibetan monks, who have spent 30+ years meditating an average of 4 hours per day, are highly active in the prefrontal cortex. The monks who participated in the study were hand selected by the Dalai Lama because of their ability to achieve a state of samadhi — the final stage, at which union with the divine is reached.
The reason that HBL and SCM are so effective is because they release evolutionary potential, a potential for a New Human that has been building and accumulating tension for 13.8 billion years. Such emergence has happened 5 times before and humans have moved from archaic, to magic, to mythic, to modern, to post-modern culture and consciousness. Each emergence is accompanied by increased function in higher and higher structures of the brain.
Current state of yoga
Yoga is a group of physical, mental, and spiritual practices. The chief aim of yoga is uniting the human spirit with the divine. But in the West, that aim has been lost, as evidenced by the 2016 “Yoga in America Study.”
The top 10 motivations to start yoga were:
- Stress relief
- General fitness
- Improve overall health
- Physical fitness
- Mental health
- Spiritual development
- Weight loss
- Physical therapy
If yoga opened the door to uniting the spirit with the divine by first offering tighter abs and less stress, then the chief aim of yoga could be met. However, the the study showed that the motivations to continue practicing yoga remained nearly exactly the same over time.
People are generally not as motivated to achieve union with the divine as they are having a better body, even after practicing yoga for some amount of time.
Back to evolutionary best practices
Applied neuroscience is the new yoga. HBL and SCM appear to be leading the way. The movement toward high-end growth using these techniques has been met with both skepticism and scrutiny. But these techniques are poised to usher in a massive revolution in the way humans grow and evolve.
Applied neuroscience can pick up where yoga left off. It promises to keep us out of a foreboding dark age and launch us into the next stage of human evolution — a stage that produces a world of New Humans.