Through the study of neuroscience, the scientific community has become more aware of how the brain works. Joining together neuroscience and mindfulness, we can begin to understand how the brain really works and how our daily practices can impact our lives.
Our brains are made up of billions of neurons, that need to communicate with one another and other parts of the body. These systems work together in an interconnected fashion.
The brain has plasticity, which is the ability to learn and grow and change over time. Meditation affects the brain’s functionality, structure, and thought patterns. The more you meditate and practice mindfulness, the more our brains’ synapses strengthen.
Each time we indulge in negative thoughts and feelings, we strengthen their effect on us. However, every time we engage in positive thoughts and behaviours, letting go of the negative ones, we are retraining our brains to think a little differently.
“We are what we repeatedly do.” Will Durant
“As it is not one swallow or a fine day that makes a spring, so it is not one day or a short time that makes a man blessed and happy.” Aristotle
By practicing mindfulness and meditation, we can begin to more fully understand how our emotions, thoughts, and feelings impact our lives. Taking one small step in support of a happier, healthier, and calmer way of life, mindfulness and meditation is a great place to start. Results of research indicate that mindfulness can help you in more ways than you think, especially in the workplace.