“Mindfulness is a way of befriending ourselves and our experience”
– Jon Kabat-Zinn
Thank goodness for all the neuroscience on mindfulness as it is making this transformational practice even more widely accepted as a means to improve one’s mental health and life! There are countless resources providing guidance on mindful living showing that with even 5 minutes a day of mindfulness meditation, benefits are experienced.
Scientists have used MRI scans to show how the brain changes with a mindfulness practice and the results are impressive! The amygdala, pre-frontal cortex and hippocampus each grow or shrink with the ancient art of mindfulness.
Mindfulness and stress. Studies show that after practicing mindfulness, the grey matter in the brain’s amygdala – the area known for its role in escalating stress – shrinks with mindfulness practice.
Mindfulness and creativity. The pre-frontal cortex is the part of the brain responsible for planning, problem solving, and emotional regulation. Research shows that the grey matter in this area becomes thicker after practicing mindfulness.
Mindfulness and memory. Another area research has shown to grow thicker with mindfulness practice is the hippocampus, which helps your memory and learning.
Hope you are able to stop for a moment today and with an open, accepting and compassionate mind, find peace in where you are.
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