This is Norman Bosworth, HD cinematographer, editor and creator of the Mindflo series. One of the best ways for people to really get in touch with themselves is through meditation. The meditative practice allows your mind to settle inward beyond thought to experience the source of thought or pure awareness. This is the most silent and peaceful level of consciousness, it is your innermost Self. In this state of restful alertness, your brain functions with significantly greater coherence and your body gains as well.
More and more doctors are prescribing meditation as a way to lower blood pressure, improve exercise performance in people with angina, help people with asthma breathe easier, relieve insomnia and generally relax the everyday stresses of life. Meditation is a safe and simple way to balance a person’s physical, emotional, and mental states. It is simple; but can benefit everybody.
The use of Meditation for healing is not new. Meditative techniques are the product of diverse cultures and peoples around the world. It has been rooted in the traditions of the world’s great religions. In fact, practically all religious groups practice meditation in one form or another. The value of Meditation to alleviate suffering and promote healing has been known and practiced for thousands of years.
Maybe meditation isn’t so mysterious after all. Neuroscientists have found that meditators shift their brain activity to different areas of the cortex – brain waves in the stress-prone right frontal cortex move to the calmer left frontal cortex. This mental shift decreases the negative effects of stress, mild depression and anxiety. There is also less activity in the amygdala, where the brain processes fear.
The Mindflo series of videos have been created to assist you in quieting the mind. Once the mind is quiet the benefits may amaze you. I recommend that the viewer find a quiet place to view Mindflo. Give yourself time to settle and simply go with the music and nature images. Remember, your not trying to do anything, just be calm. The auditory and visual cues will automatically carry you to new inner spaces.
The Mindflo videos are very good at setting a mood in your home or work place. The calming effects of nature cinematography with peaceful music as found in the Mindflo DVD programs cannot be overstated. Listen to what Cary Barbor in an article published in Psychology Today has to say about the Science of Meditation.
“Recent research indicates that meditating brings about dramatic effects in as little as a 10-minute session. Several studies have demonstrated that subjects who meditated for a short time showed increased alpha waves (the relaxed brain waves) and decreased anxiety and depression.
To explore exactly what part of the brain meditation acts on, researchers at Harvard Medical School used MRI technology on participants to monitor brain activity while they meditated. They found that it activates the sections of the brain in charge of the autonomic nervous system, which governs the functions in our bodies that we can’t control, such as digestion and blood pressure. These are also the functions that are often compromised by stress. It makes sense, then, that modulating these functions would help to ward off stress-related conditions such as heart disease, digestive problems and infertility.”
Proper mental health is supported by our ability to deal with sleep difficulties, depression, stress, anxiety and a host of other challenges created by our very busy lifestyles. One thing the mindflo programs do succeed in is helping to prepare the mind, in a effortless way, to relax be still and find some peace.
There are many traditions and countless ways to practice meditation, and perhaps because of its polymorphous nature new meditators wonder whether they are doing it correctly. According to Roger Thomson, Ph.D., a psychologist in private practice in Chicago and a Zen meditator, there is one way to know for sure: “If you’re feeling better at the end, you are probably doing it right.”
Meditation is a very helpful stress fighting tool. But what else might meditation be doing for us? Since researchers like Herbert Benson, M.D. began amassing data, many studies have shown that indeed meditation has not only a mental but a profound physiological effect on the body. Studies have shown that, among other benefits, meditation can help reverse heart disease, the number-one killer in the U.S. It can reduce pain and enhance the body’s immune system, enabling it to better fight disease.
Other recent research has looked at precisely what happens during meditation that allows it to cause these positive physical changes. Researchers at the Maharishi School of Management in Fairfield, Iowa, found that meditation has a pervasive effect on stress. They looked at a group of people who had meditated for four months and found that they produced less of the stress hormone cortisol. They were therefore better able to adapt to stress in their lives, no matter what their circumstances were.
Diana Adile Kirschner, Ph.D., a Philadelphia-area clinical psychologist, sometimes refers her clients to learn meditation and has seen firsthand how helpful it can be. “Not only is meditation an absolutely marvelous destressor, it helps people better relate to one another,” she says. “I can tell when clients are following through with meditation. For instance, I had a couple who consistently bickered. After they started meditating, they came in less angry, more self-reflective and more loving.”
Each of the Mindflo programs have been created to assist you in reaching higher levels of mental and physical health through meditation. Getting in touch with your inner self can work miracles. The Mindflo programs are beautifully crafted tools to assist you in finding your way to a better life.
In the end it’s all about good mental health. Finding solutions for stress, anxiety, depression and sleeping problems can be aided by calming the mind and reaching a meditative state. Mindflo can help. Our downloadable Mindflo videos can be used in very effective ways on the iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, any computer (Mac or PC), Android phones and tablets and even your home entertainment system. Please take the time to look at our sample Mindflo videos on this site. Don’t forget to download the FREE Mindflo video made for you. It represents the meditative feel and quality you can expect from all the Mindflo downloadable HD programs.
If MindFlo illustrates anything, it is that the natural world is poetry, waiting to be captured. Cinematographer Norman Bosworth does this, and does it masterfully, taking the viewer on a journey through stunning images accompanied by music that melds with the setting until it seems like an inherent facet of the world.–Jenny, Los Angeles, CA
I highly recommend this video for those who want to relax after a long day at work and dread coming home and vegging out in front of some inane reality show. It's also good as a background when I have visitors. It is pleasant and doesn't get in the way of conversation. In fact, it sometimes sparks good conversation.–Stressed Out, Cookeville, TN
The DVD contains what I think is some of the most beautiful aerial views I have seen, An true relaxing escape viewing vast landscapes flying around billowing clouds and desert sands. It has wonderful views of changing seasons into winter and takes you from the ocean to inspiring views from mountain peaks. It is a must see especially if you have a HD television.–David, SLC, UT