The neuroscience has advised a simple daily habit, which takes even less than the time it takes you to take your breakfast but it could raise your intelligence by around one fourth of the total intelligence you have.
Intelligence has two categories
Neuroscience categorizes intelligence in two categories i.e. fluid intelligence and crystallized intelligence. Fluid intelligence is defined as your ability to solve problems, identify patterns and use logic and in brief it involves your creativity, awareness and innovation. And crystallized intelligence is your ability to use experience, skills and information. This improves with age.
Doing daily meditation just for 4 days helped
So by reading more, collecting more facts, listening to podcasts etc, it is easy to increase your crystallized intelligence but it’s commonly thought that fluid intelligence is largely fixed. However, fresh studies have shown that you can improve your fluid intelligence and the secret is doing meditation. According to a study by the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, the people using a specific form of breathing meditation i.e. brainwave training could improve their IQ by 23 percent. And the result was long-lasting too. The study, published in Consciousness and Cognition, concluded that just doing daily meditation for 4 days, participants demonstrated improvements in lowered stress levels, memory and concentration.their IQ by around 25percent. And the result was long-lasting too. The study, published in Consciousness and Cognition, concluded that just doing daily meditation for 4 days, participants demonstrated improvements in lowered stress levels, memory and concentration.
Why meditation improve your Intelligence
According to the studies, the main reason for meditation improving your IQ is because it slows brain wave activity, allowing the brain to increase its plasticity and reorganize itself. So, practicing breathing meditation for as little as 5 minutes or for as long as you like give long-lasting positive results.
How to do this meditation
- Sit in a comfortable position.
- Keep your eyes shut, or you can gaze downwards.
- Draw your attention to the physical sensation of breathing.
- Concentrate on the sensations with every breath.
- Avoid distractions as it is quite natural to encounter a scattering of thoughts and feelings while practising meditation.
- But do not wrestle with your wandering mind. Practice the breathing meditation, observe and note your attention.
- Breathe in and out, whenever your mind wanders off.