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## Rocked The GMAT - Scored 800 (Q51 V51) - Via Meditation

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vivek1303 Junior | Next Rank: 30 Posts
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You must be God!

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Hi Marty,

I practice yoga, and I've dabbled with meditation. Can you talk a little bit more about how you practice meditation. Much appreciated. Thanks!

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katrizenis wrote:
I practice yoga, and I've dabbled with meditation. Can you talk a little bit more about how you practice meditation. Much appreciated. Thanks!
From what I understand, many people talk of clearing their minds when they talk about meditation. What I am doing when I meditate is going into a state of self awareness and letting my mind run.

I don't focus on my breath or sit in an unusual position. In fact I used to meditate when I was driving.

The purpose of all this is to tune up my mind, emotions, and spirit. Now that I think of it I just realized that when I meditate what I am doing somewhat resembles what antivirus or code repair software does. I am running through the software of my mind, emotions, and spirit and adjusting what I find.

The things that need adjusting are related and can be categorized.

One category of things that can be adjusted via meditation is one's beliefs or conceptions. Simply put, if you believe something that does not match reality, you will have trouble somehow. So I go into a meditative state to figure out what I believe or how my conception of something is flawed. I can meditate on something as simple as a utility pole and realize from that way I am reacting to that image that something about my conception of it is off. Once I realize that, I naturally adjust my conception via what I call one's sense of rightness.

Another category of things that can be adjusted is strategies. We all have strategies we are not aware of and many of them are flawed, often in ways that are obvious once one becomes aware of the strategies. So I meditate to find strategies and become aware of the flaws. For instance, I was experiencing a lot of stress at a particular job I had. So I meditated on that topic to figure out what strategies I might be unconsciously harboring that would underlie that stress. Sure enough I found that I had unconscious strategies that involved preferring a state of stress, and when I thought about and changed those strategies, without doing anything else to reduce the stress of the job I started having a much better, less stressful time.

Often this involves going into an alpha state and asking myself questions such as, "Would it be ok if I were not stressed out all the time?" or going into an alpha state and visualizing an outcome and noticing any resistance I might have to that outcome. For instance I have meditated on the idea of having perfect health and noticed that on some level I was resistant to the idea of being perfectly healthy all the time, as in things like, "What if I want a break from things?"

So that's how I meditate and those are the types of things I experience and work on when I do it, and naturally it's all applicable to succeeding at anything, including scoring high on something like the GMAT.

For instance one could have beliefs or strategies that interfere with scoring high, and by finding and changing them, one can change one's self to allow one's self to score higher, basically effortlessly.

In fact as one adjusts one's conceptions and strategies and resolves inner conflict, one makes life increasingly effortless.

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@ Marty

You sounds like or seems like you are on the way to become Neo of Matrix

Thoroughly enjoyed your article. Let me practice and share the out come soon

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This is great to see!

Mindfulness has SO many positive applications to the study and test-taking process.
If you're taking the test in a shorter time than getting a practice up and running...(well, up and sitting...), you might look into hypnosis, visualization, NLP, EFT and more.

Good Luck!

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Since I wrote this post, I have seen other people who have done similar inner work get similar results.

In one case, a person said pretty much exactly what I said, that when he took the GMAT after doing some inner work, the quant section seemed surprisingly easy. He got a total score of 760.

In another case, a person who had been unable to score in the 700's and who did some inner work said that his "jaw dropped" when he saw that he had scored 750.

In other cases, I have seen a little inner work make a big difference.

The upshot is that using meditation and otherwise doing inner work can be a key part of one's preparation for the GMAT, because one's beliefs, mindset, inner conflicts, and unconsciously applied strategies can have significant effects on test performance.

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