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Meditation Can Change How Your Brain Functions—Here’s How

0 2 years ago

Studies have shown that meditation can make positive structural changes within the brain, improve health biomarkers, and change brain activity patterns.

Throughout our hectic days, our minds often go in a thousand different directions. Centering your mind and bringing your focus inward seems like a daunting task, and starting a meditation practice can be difficult. When I first started meditating, I always felt like I was doing it “wrong” because I often had thoughts come up (and this still happens). Meditation gets easier with practice, so I always recommend committing to at least 30 days. With time, you will experience the long-term benefits and structural improvements of your brain.

What is Meditation?

Meditation is a practice where an individual uses a technique–such as mindfulness or focusing the mind on a particular object, thought, or activity–to train attention and awareness and achieve a mentally clear, emotionally calm, and stable state. There are many different types of meditations, but there are five popular approaches:

  • Loving Kindness Meditation: This form encourages you to engage in mindfulness and deep breathing exercises with the goal of opening yourself up to receiving loving-kindness from others and sending it back in return.

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