Mindful meditation practice has been around for many thousands of years. Now, in the post modern world of the new millennia, science has found that these practices help rewire the makeup of our brains.
- Reduces Anxiety In a 2013 Massachusetts General Hospital study, individuals diagnosed with General Anxiety Disorder (GAD) found to have reduced their levels of stress from mindful meditation, more than the control group did.
- Reduces Implicit Age and Race Bias. In a 2015 Central Michigan University study by Professor Adam Lueke, found that mindful meditation practitioners were able to be less race and age bias. Studies involved, identifying who a person preferred to set next to, during breakfast. The results were not because the mindful group was able to override there bias, but rather the automatic bias didn’t appear as much as it did in the control groups.
- May Prevent and Treat Depression. According to American Psychological Association, found that mindfulness exercises including yoga, body awareness and daily homework, such as eating or doing household chores, with full attention to what one is doing, moment by moment. People at risk of depression, were helped, and found that to prevent depression recurrence, as effective as medication antidepressants did.
- Decreased Body Dissatisfaction: Women of all ages, more often experience body dissatisfaction. Researchers, Ellen R. Albertson, Kristin D. Neff and Karen E. Dill-Shackleford, have found that women compared to the control group, experienced an increase in body satisfaction, less body shame, increased self-worth and self compassion. Source.
- Improves Cognitive Function: In the Journal of Consciousness and Cognition 2010, it was found that mindful meditations training, improved mood, reduced fatigue, anxiety and increased mental focus and cognitive function in both working memory and executive functioning. Benefits that were only previously observed with long-term meditators.
- Reduces Mental Distractions: Retrains the mind to to focus, concentrate and become more analytical, in the world where our attention is always being pulled in some many different directions at once. Harvard researchers have shown that brain cells use specific frequencies to regulate the flow of information, in much the same way a radio station broadcast in specific frequencies. The Alpha Brainwave, are particularly active during meditation. The brainwave resonating of Alpha processes touch, sight and sound through the brain’s outermost layer, the cortex, where it helps to suppress irrelevant distractions and sensations, thereby enhancing the flow of sensory information between all brain regions.
It’s easier than ever to learn about mindful meditation. Start a daily practice by making a small commitment, for example 2 to 4 minutes, at the beginning of the day. Over a few days, you will find it easier to achieve longer meditation, try it and see for yourself.
Ref. ~ July 2016 6 Scientifically Proven Benefits Of Mindfulness And Meditation By Jeena Cho mental health, mindfulness and work-life integration for Frobes.
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