Most of the studies on meditation and mindfulness focus on neuroplasticity, which is the finding by neuroscience that everything we think, do and pay attention to changes the structure and function of our brains. In other words: it changes how our brain works. That means that with a regular practice, we can intentionally change the structure and function of our brains, or the way we think and live our lifes.
Meta-analysis shows that the three key benefits of meditation are increased self-awareness, attentional control and emotional regulation.* Meditation can therewith support us greatly in focusing our time and energy on what is important to us and in pursuing those goals in a determined and successful manner.
Meditation helps us calm our minds, release stress, increase concentration and heighten both our productivity & creativity. Specific meditations can enhance our sleep, improve our relationships, increase our well-being and overall life satisfaction. Meditation is also used in the treatment of a variety of mental & physical illnesses, such as anxiety, depression, hypertension, cancer, skin or immune disorders.**
Many of us have trouble sitting still, even if it is just for a couple minutes. Movement, guided meditations and sound can support us accessing the lower brain wave states alpha & theta, which promote deep relaxation, rest and healing.
Still not convinced? Give it a try and find out for yourself.
"The greatest discovery you'll ever make is the potential of your own mind"
*The neuroscience of mindfulness meditation, Tang et al. 2015
** MBSR Research Summary, University of Massachusetts Medical School