While peacefully sitting in your meditation, you may not be aware of all the changes your brain is going through in that moment. Scientific evidence backing the beneficial effects of meditation seems to be coming out daily. Brain research provides us with a better understanding of how meditation causes changes such as helping us focus better or changing our long-term levels of happiness.
Just as we can strengthen our muscles, we can improve brain performance. Meditation is like a gym for our brains - making them bigger, smarter, and faster. The more we put those neurons to use, the stronger they get!
When you practice finding that space of calm within, you’re lifting the neural “muscles” of calm. And because this helps release stress, your body now has more energy to function at peak levels. When your brain doesn’t have to worry about fighting a threat (often nowhere to be found but in your mind), it can run much smoother!
Let’s look at six ways that...
Your desire to feel good is not selfish or unimportant. It is as essential to your well-being as having a healthy body! Just as you can train your body to be stronger, you can train your mind to be less stressed, anxious, and reactive.
We all crave more calm and peace in our lives. For too long, society has not been placing enough importance on the role mental health plays in our overall well-being. As a result, there is an epidemic of loneliness, anxiety, and depression in the world. Yet as scientific research clearly shows, mental health and physical health are two sides of the same coin.
When you understand how your own happiness affects your health, you will be much better equipped to take care of it. We’ll give you a few simple practices you can do every day to help!
There is a tight connection between the mind and the body that science can no longer deny. As human beings, we come with it all. From the waves of emotion to the physical...
When you first start meditating, you probably wonder what should happen during your meditations. You may be asking yourself if what you’re experiencing is “normal.” And while everyone’s meditation experience is unique, there are a few things that almost every meditator encounters. Knowing what these are will help you ease your mind the next time you sit down for your practice.
It’s important to start with this: meditation isn’t about getting anywhere! In a sense, expecting something specific to happen or not happen in your meditation is an oxymoron. It can be hard for our mind to imagine not having a goal in mind.
We’re often conditioned to always have a target. But practicing meditation is about coming into the present moment to notice what is - without striving, judgement, or resistance. That is exactly why there is no right or wrong way to meditate.
Yes, there are many different types and styles of meditation. Some direct your...