We have found that meditation benefits the mind, body, and soul. But we are still trying to understand how. Perhaps more importantly many of us are unsure where to start.
Daniel Goleman and Richard J. Davidson have published “Altered Traits: Science Reveals How Meditation Changes Your Mind, Brain, and Body” debunking studies and highlighting truth about meditation’s and mindfulness’s startling effects on the brain.
“When you’re caught in that loop of rumination, that’s very real, and it creates very intense feelings,” explains psychologist and journalist Daniel Goleman, who reported on brain and behavioral sciences for the New York Times. “If you’re mindful, you realize it’s just a thought. You don’t have to believe your thoughts. You can question them, and that changes them. It takes energy from the brain that creates the heaviness. Looking at it in a different way makes the rumination less intense.”
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Meditation is one of the hardest easy things out there. We understand that it is good for us and that it requires little from us… except a few minutes to be mindful in the moment. It is so hard to put away what happened earlier. Our minds wander to whatever is next on our mental checklist.
Go with the Flow
Letting ourselves become anxious about how well we meditate not only defeats the purpose but is counter-productive. Like eating a large meal, meditation may best be done in small bites:
“Intersperse it through the day. Ten minutes in the morning. Ten at lunch. Ten at night. The effect is prolonged. If you can do 20 minutes, even better. If you can do it for a year, that’s good. Five years is even better.”
For those interested, the best path to a mindfulness practice may not be setting aside several hours for a guru-like trance but embracing mindfulness in fleeting moments. We receive each moment in due course but what we do with those moments are a personal decision. Consider mindfulness practices part of your healthcare and allow yourself to seize a few moments each day for mindfulness exercises.
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