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Ben Shoval - Business Owner and Healthy Living Practitioner

The Five States of Mind Related to Meditation

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A established entrepreneur, Benjamin Shoval is the proprietor of Shoval & Co. Currently based in Seattle, Ben Shoval enjoys yoga and meditation.

In his commentary on the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali, sage Vyasa identified five states of mind that form the concentration process. Each state of mind reveals something about distractions and how they hinder meditation.

These states of mind are:

1) Ksipta
In this lowest state, the mind is distracted and constantly disturbed. It cannot shake away the distractions that are haunting it. In this state, a person is agitated. He is unable to think, keep quiet, or listen attentively.

2) Mudha
In this state, the mind is stupefied. It makes things such as addictions and obsessions rewarding, and consequently debilitating. Those struggling to overcome this state can find peace through relaxed breathing, systemic relaxations, and yoga postures.

3) Viksipta
Here, the mind is distracted. It oscillates between calmness and restlessness. Though able to meditate, the mind cannot do it for long. It oscillates in confusion.

4) Ekagra
In Ekagra, the mind is very relaxed. It becomes one-pointed and is able to concentrate on a single thing. Attention is relaxed and the person is ready to meditate.

5) Nirodha
Here, the mind is absorbed completely in the object of focus. The mind experiences absolute stillness, shutting down all thoughts. It is the absolute condition of mind.


A Guide to Stir-Frying

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Benjamin Shoval is a diversified entrepreneur who has built businesses in computer training, affordable housing, and investment management. The president of Shoval & Co., Ben Shoval enjoys stir-fry cooking.

The main ingredients for stir-frying are proteins such as beans and tofu; vegetables such as broccoli, snap peas and carrots; and aromatics such as green onions, garlic, ginger, and shallots.

It is important to know all the steps of stir-frying before your start cooking. First, prep enough ingredients for a number of meals at the same time before cooking them. This allows you to drastically cut the amount of time spent in the kitchen the next time you have stir-fry. Start by chopping your ingredients into small pieces that are easy to cook.

After prepping your ingredients, make a bit of sauce to add extra flavor to your meal. Stir-fry sauce can be made with soy sauce, brown sugar, rice vinegar, and cornstarch.

Start cooking by tossing your proteins into a wok with a bit of oil using medium to high heat. Cook until the proteins are golden brown. Remove the proteins from the wok and add the aromatics first, then the vegetables. Cook until they are tender or more crisp as desired. Afterwards, add back the proteins into the wok and mix. Now stir the mixture to the side of the wok, creating a hole at the center and pour in your sauce. When the sauce starts to bubble and darken, toss everything back together until all ingredients are coated and then serve your stir-fry!

Choosing Protein Powder Health Shakes

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Whey Protein

As a successful Seattle-based financial, technology, and housing entrepreneur as well as president of Shoval & Co., Benjamin “Ben” Shoval takes care to eat healthfully while keeping up with his busy schedule. One way that Ben Shoval does so is by maintaining a dietary regimen that includes health shakes.

When you’re standing in the grocery aisle, looking at the rows of protein shakes, how do you know which one to choose? There are different kinds of protein shakes for different needs:

Whey protein is good for energy, amino acids, post-exercise nutrition, and daily use. It contains minerals and vitamins that improve muscle strength and size after exercising, and it is easy to find in grocery stores.
Soy protein is best for building bone mass, easing menopause symptoms, and reducing high cholesterol. It also has important elements that grow muscles and decrease the risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer.
Hemp protein is made from cannabis seeds. This health shake is best known for being a superfood because of its omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acid content. It is helpful for vegetarians who want extra nutrition in their diets.

The key is to choose the protein powder that will meet your fitness and health goals, whether that means building muscle, losing weight, or gaining more nutrition in a vegetarian or vegan diet.

Meditation Shown to Improve Mental Pathways

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Seattle’s Benjamin “Ben” Shoval, a successful entrepreneur with a range of experience in technology, housing, and financing and president of Shoval & Co., also enjoys meditation. Recent research shows that meditation is ideal for busy entrepreneurs such as Ben Shoval, as it offers reprieve from hectic lifestyles.

Recent research shows that just 11 hours of meditation training can help to rewire your brain to better balance behaviors and emotions. Study participants practiced meditation for 11 hours, and scientists studied their gray and white matter. Gray matter holds neurons that communicate throughout the brain; white matter connects the gray regions to allow certain areas to communicate more quickly.

The results indicated that the participants had improved white matter tracts joining their anterior cingulate cortices (ACCs), which balance thoughts, emotions, and behaviors, to the brain’s other structures. This means that meditation improves the efficiency and integrity of the brain’s connections and our thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. Meditation also helps the brain stay healthy as it ages, reduces wandering thoughts to improve focus, and decreases anxiety and depression.

The Poetry of Bob Dylan

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Poetry, Bob Dylan

Entrepreneur Benjamin “Ben” Shoval has a broad assortment of interests beyond investing. Ben Shoval also enjoys cooking, yoga, and the music of Bob Dylan. Experts consider the legendary musician to be a noteworthy poet as well.

Alluding to an interest in poetry, some believe that Bob Dylan changed his name from Robert Allen Zimmerman in homage to poet Dylan Thomas. His works have been included in books of verse such as “Hollywood Foto-Rhetoric: The Lost Manuscript” (2008), various poetry anthologies, and “The Norton Introduction to Literature” (2005). In 2008, the prodigious singer/songwriter was awarded the Pulitzer Prize Special Citation with reference to his “extraordinary poetic power.” Many listeners observe a keen attention to language and rhythms that evoke beat poetry present in his music and written work.

Dylan’s collection of developmental journals was recently auctioned off, much of it landing in the hands of the University of Tulsa, where they’re certain to add insight to the study of modern American literature as well as understanding the writing process.

Some Keys to Understanding APIs

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Seattle’s Benjamin “Ben” Shoval has rich and diverse career experience that began following his time at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 2000. In addition to managing the Shoval & Co. real estate portfolio, Ben Shoval has recently turned his attention to application program interfaces (APIs). Below are some keys to understanding this important concept for those who aren’t familiar with software development.

Very basically, an API allows limited access to the code in a piece of software. This makes it possible for developers to build programs that work in conjunction with other programs. For instance, many non-Google apps access Google Maps as part of their service. Other apps let users transfer content to Twitter with just a click. This sort of communication between software requires developers to use programming from Google and Twitter, but they are confined to the parameters specified by the API.

There’s ample room for growth in this sector, which is why some investors are intrigued. First, the possible applications of APIs are virtually limitless and potentially life-altering. Already, watches are communicating fitness data to remote software, which has big implications for healthcare. Additionally, managing APIs offers a growing niche for businesses as developers seek help with credentialing users, controlling access, and other operations.

Yoga’s Many Benefits

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Yoga Benefits

Benjamin “Ben” Shoval is an entrepreneur who has successfully built businesses in industries ranging from housing to computer training. As part of his routine to stay healthy, Ben Shoval practices yoga.

Yoga has many benefits. Perhaps one of its primary benefit is that almost anyone can practice it. Like any other physical activity, individuals with extreme conditions may need to seek a physician’s clearance before engaging in it. Overall, however, most of the general population can practice it, and poses can be modified to suit one’s capabilities. Yoga is not out to make people perform pretzel-like poses.

Yoga’s relaxation techniques can help to reduce chronic pain, such as arthritis, headaches, carpal tunnel syndrome, and lower back pain. Other physical benefits include increased flexibility, improved respiration, increased muscle tone and strength, improved vitality and energy, reduction in weight, and better athletic performance.

Some may even value more the mental benefits that yoga brings, as it can help people manage stress. Stress can have severe negative effects on our mind and body. It manifests itself in a variety of ways such as sleeping problems, concentration difficulties, back pain, headache, and drug abuse. Yoga promotes coping skills and can help people look at life in a more positive way.