The Scientific Mind

Scientific research in recent decades has linked mindfulness and meditation practices to a staggering collection of health benefits.

The concept of mindfulness and meditation involves focusing on your present situation and state of mind. 

 

This can mean awareness of your surroundings, emotions and breathing—or, more simply, enjoying each bite of a really good sandwich.

It Boosts Your HEALTH

  •  Increases immune function

  • Decreases Pain

  • Decreases Inflammation at the Cellular Level

It Boosts Your HAPPINESS

  • Increases Positive Emotion

  • Decreases Depression

  • Decreases Anxiety

  • Decreases Stress

It Boosts Your SOCIAL LIFE

Think meditation is a solitary activity? It may be (unless you meditate in a group which many do!) but it actually increases your sense of connection to others:

  • Increases social connection & emotional intelligence

  • Makes you more compassionate

  • Makes you feel less lonely

  • It Boosts Your Self-Control

  • Improves your ability to regulate your emotions

  • Improves your ability to introspect

  • Increases grey matter in your brain

  • Increases volume in areas related to emotion regulation, positive emotions & self-control

  • Increases cortical thickness in areas related to paying attention

  • Increases your focus & attention

  • Improves your ability to multitask

  • Improves your memory

  • Improves your ability to be creative & think outside the box (see research by J. Schooler)

  • It Makes You WISE(R)

It gives you perspective: By observing your mind, you realise you don't have to be slave to it. You realise it throws tantrums, gets grumpy, jealous, happy and sad but that it doesn't have to run you.

 

Meditation is quite simply mental hygiene: clear out the junk, tune your talents, and get in touch with yourself.

 

Think about it, you shower every day and clean your body, but have you ever showered your mind? As a consequence, you'll feel more clear and see thing with greater perspective.

 

"The quality of our life depends on the quality of our mind," writes Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. We can't control what happens on the outside but we do have a say over the quality of our mind. No matter what's going on, if your mind is ok, everything is ok. Right now.

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