Find out what meditation actually does to your brain from Harvard neuroscientist Sara Lazar:
Principles of Meditation
- Breathe. Get grounded and experience your breath.
- Focus on something (a mantra, a word, your breath, your body, or even a grape).
- Let go of the focus and experience nothingness.
- Think. When a thought pops into your head, acknowledge it and let it go.
- Repeat from Step 2.
- Everyone needs to unplug to recharge.
- Slowing down can happen quickly.
- Working in is just as important as working out.
- Over-meditating beats medicating.
- Meditation is easy to learn - especially when it’s guided.
- Once can change your day, and more can change your life.
Documented / Scientific Benefits
Meditation has a host of benefits and there are no known negative side effects.
*To see recently published scientific government studies on the benefits of meditation, click here.
Strange & wonderful things may happen
- Little things may not bother you as much.
- Wonderful coincidences pop up more often (or at least you start noticing them).
- You need less of the material things you use to fulfill yourself, whatever those might be.
- You are more aware of the present moment. That can mean that when you are with your kids or your mate, you are actually with them. When you eat, you stop shoveling and start experiencing.
- You get more done.
- You trust your gut more because you can actually hear it or feel it.
- Your conversations, friendships and relationships go a little deeper. Even the people you don’t like start to seem a little more likeable.
- You could tap into your life’s purpose.