The purpose of meditation is to decrease mental activity. It is the practice of transitioning from external awareness to an internal, quiet state. Practicing meditation enables you to start to experience pure consciousness or “the space between two thoughts.” We are usually unaware of this space due to our constant mental activity, but by directing our mind towards stillness and quiet, we can slip into this space. This mental state is an expanded state of unlimited potential and connection to our true self. Numerous studies have measured the physical and psychological benefits of meditation which include the enhancement of neuroplasticity: the brain’s ability to form new neural connections.
The Benefits of a Meditation Practice Include:
You may define mindfulness simply as: paying attention to what is happening now. A few key principles include concentration, mindfulness of the body and senses, equanimity, and heartfulness. Mindfulness helps us develop our ability to sustain focused attention and concentrate for a period of time. We learn to cultivate present moment awareness as we go through our daily activities. Learn more about mindfulness in my blog post.
Emerging research in the field of neurocardiology explores how the heart communicates with the brain and how the activity of the heart influences our emotions, intuition, and health. In simple terms, cultivating positive emotions such as gratitude and love can have a significant impact on how our brain functions. While in a meditative state, experiencing elevated emotions stimulates the heart and the brain to come into a coherent state of integration and balance.