How you can benefit from meditation

We all have brains that are extremly responsive to our enivornments.  I am referring to our internal environments (i.e. thoughts) and external environments (i.e location).

In this video, a neuroscientist, Dr. Lazar, briefly explains how the brain can be changed with repetition and intentionality. This is a process called neuroplasticity.  Specifically, she outlines how mediation and yoga has been demonstrated to result in:

  1. Improvement in memory

  2. Increases in regulation of emotions

  3. Improvement in stress management

  4. Increases empathy and compassion

  5. Reduction in anxiety and depression symptoms

Are you wondering how you can possibly fit meditation into your schedule?

It is simpler than you thought.

1.      Choose a safe time and daily activity such as cleaning, working, studying, or walking. 

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2.      Choose a hobby you enjoy such as dancing, reading, painting, writing, coloring, spending time with your support system, playing sports, etc.

It can be frustrating at first.

It will be natural for your thoughts and attention to wander. Try to just notice your thoughts and dismiss them with an affirmation or validation. Next, bring your attention back to what you are doing in the moment or simply to your breath.

Don’t Forget to Breathe!

Our breath is the connection to the autonomic nervous system, which is where trauma lives. Remember, trauma is not about the experience itself, but the impact the stress from these experiences may have on our ability to regulate. Our capacity to regulate will impact our ability to learn, control impulses, and plan. Meditation taps into the part of our brain impacted by trauma or chronic stress allowing us to re-train our brains. 

Contact us to schedule an appointment and learn more about how meditiation or other techniques can help you regain control of your life.