Want to Raise Your IQ by 23 Percent?
Neuroscience Says Take Up This Simple Habit
In less time than it takes you
to have lunch, you could be
expanding your brain — literally.
There are two types of intelligence:
and fluid intelligence.
Crystallized intelligence is your ability
to utilize information, skills,
and experience already learned —
basically, it’s cerebral knowledge.
This tends to build as you age,
and is emphasized in most Western
cultures (especially since it’s easily
tested on standardized exams).
Fluid intelligence, by contrast,
is your ability to identify patterns,
solve novel problems, and
use logic in new situations.
It’s not about how much you know;
it’s about your ability to be
creative, aware, innovative, and visionary.
It’s relatively easy to improve
your crystallized knowledge:
read, listen to podcasts,
collect more facts, learn.
But fluid intelligence isn’t like that.
It’s not about facts and figures;
it’s about your capacity to
take something you’ve never
seen before and work with it
— to be ingenious.
Now, studies show that there is
something you can do to
dramatically improve your
fluid intelligence as well as
your overall IQ: meditate.
That’s correct: Meditation is not
just good for your physiological health,
reducing stress, improving mood,
and setting you up for emotional
equilibrium rather than reactivity.
It can also make you significantly smarter.
Siegfried Othmer, former president
of the neurofeedback division of
the Association for Applied
Psychophysiology and Biofeedback,
conducted neurofeedback research
on participants using brainwave
training (a specific form of meditation).
Those who meditated showed an
average gain in IQ of 23 percent.
That is remarkable.
Not only did the meditators improve
their IQ, but the effect was lasting,
according to a follow-up study
conducted one year later.
Participants who meditated showed
significant gains in creativity,
concentration, and self-awareness.
Another astonishing study in
Consciousness and Cognition showed
that after just four days of
daily 20-minute meditation,
participants demonstrated significant
improvements in memory, cognition,
and lowered stress levels.
Perhaps most notably, the group
that meditated scored as much as
10 times better on a working memory task
— an important part of fluid intelligence.
Why does meditation improve your IQ?
There are a few reasons, but one of
the main ones is that deep meditation
such as Kundalini Meditation
slows brain activity.
As slower brainwaves take over
(also known as being in a delta
or theta state), the brain increases
its own plasticity, or ability
to reorganize itself.
By practicing focused attention
during meditation, you give your
brain just the right kind of respite.
That’s all you need to do:
You rest your brain,
it improves itself.
It’s worth noting that neither
of the groups that experienced
such extraordinary improvements
were yogis, nor were they meditating
for hours at a time.
In fact, the second group meditated
for only 20 minutes a day over
four days — that’s 80 minutes total,
less time than it takes to watch a movie.
Everyone knows meditating is good
for you; the trick is getting started.
It’s kind of like going to the gym.
We all know we should do it, but …
This induces certain patterns
in your brain — specifically,
alpha, theta, and delta wave states,
guiding you to a state of deep meditation.
The New England Journal of Medicine
says you must meditate for a minimum
of 12 to 15 minutes at a time to
get the health benefits of it.
That’s not very long.
In fact, the more research that is
done on meditation, the more
apparent it is that it’s not
about doing it for hours at a time
— it’s just about doing it regularly.
So consider making a meditation
practice one of your resolutions today.
Give your brain a rest.
It may just help you become
even more of a genius.
Awaken Your Kundalini.
Build your IQ.
Be Blessed by the Divine,
Krish Murali Eswar.