Mindfulness has been known to be effective to both our brain and body. It helps people achieve better results and perform better in various areas of life. Mindfulness has also been shown to strongly link with the cognitive functions and mental health.
For a novice in the mind game, you may wonder what mindfulness exactly is and how your brain can benefit from it?
What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is the ability to be fully present and aware of where we are and what we’re doing.
Think about mindfulness as a form of mental exercise. When we are being mindful, our awareness is directly on what we’re experiencing, whether through our senses, thoughts or emotions.
Mindfulness and Meditation
Mindful meditation is claimed to have some extraordinary benefits on the brain. Deep meditation slows down your racing thoughts as it usually involves breathing practice, focused attention and full awareness of your mind and body.
Many studies found that mindful meditation increases the density of the grey matter volume in the cortex. When the grey matter increases, the brain processes information more effectively. This also improves essential cognitive functions like memory and attention span.
Mindful meditation doesn’t mean you have to be in the lotus position, focusing on an incense stick or chanting in a foreign language. If you’re not comfortable with the idea of full meditation or have physical limitation, find the practice that suits you best. A quiet time alone in your bedroom or a park bench will do as well.
It’s the relaxation of the mind and body that we aim for.
Mindfulness and Your Brain
There is a growing amount of research showing that when practicing mindfulness meditation, the physical structure of the brain also changes.
With around 100 billion neurons in the brain, each one connects with other neurons to form a complex network that enables them to communicate with each other. When practicing mindfulness, we also train the brain to refocus .
Some research shows that brain waves are lowered through mindful meditation. Many areas of the brain are also activated, leading to a calmer but stronger neural connection and better overall brain function.
Mindful meditation promotes calmness and strong neural connection to the brain.
Now you get an idea. Mindfulness is a meditation for the mind and body. It also directly benefits the brain. There are several mindfulness paths to follow. Try exploring and give it a try with your own personal touch. It’s essential that you enjoy it and make it a part of your routine. Your brain will thank you.
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