In one study, a research team from Massachusetts General Hospital looked at the brain scans of 16 people before and after they participated in an eight-week course in mindfulness meditation. The study, published in the January issue of Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging, concluded that after completing the course, parts of the participants’ brains associated with compassion and self-awareness grew, and parts associated with stress shrank.
… SO we can actually alter our brain structure through mediation!
Meditation literally clears your mind and calms you down, it’s been often proven to be the single most effective way to live a happier life.
- better focus
- decreased anxiety (by weakening the neural connections in the medial prefrontal cortex that create “anxiety” sensation patterns)
- improved creativity
- greater empathy and compassion
- improved memory recall, working memory, and productivity
- increased grey matter in hippocampus and frontal areas (… related to emotional stability, focus and cognitive decline)
From Jennifer at Kripalu’s Thrive Blog:
“One common misconception about meditation is that the goal is to have no thoughts at all. Actually, the practice is to allow the thoughts to flow but not get absorbed in their narrative.”
… and the REAL-LIFE application of meditation? “f you train your mind not to get swept up when faced with distractions, you will be better able to deal with common stimuli like e-mails, texts, phone calls, and arguments and react to them skillfully.”
So, NOW are you ready to start a meditation practice? much love.