Meditation is something I’ve been intrigued by for a while. I’ve heard about how it could reduce stress, lower anxiety, and overall just increase my quality of life. I’ve tried getting into a rhythm of being regular with it, but I never lasted longer than a couple of days. Fortunately, all of that changed when I visited my friend Eric in Minneapolis this summer.
He introduced me to an app called Headspace (www.headspace.com) and spoke so highly of it that I downloaded it right away and I have been using it ever since (and finding more and more success in staying committed to my practice). It’s a great tool for a meditator of any skill level, and I would definitely recommend it to anyone curious about starting a meditation practice.
Just within the past month, I’ve begun to notice some shifts in my mental life. I’m able to have more clarity, stay focused on tasks, and I am sleeping much better. What’s really cool is that science is now able to track the changes that take place in the brain as a result of mediation. The article mentioned in this blog contains an interview with a neuroscientist who is doing MRIs of people’s brains both before and after starting a meditation practice. Her initial results show that just 8 weeks of meditating can increase gray matter, reverse the effects of aging, and shrink the amygdala (responsible for anxiety and stress). I think that’s pretty amazing, and it really inspires me to continue incorporating mindfulness practices into my daily life.