Based on what we learned about Neuroplasticity, it’s no surprise that we can change our brains through engaging in new experiences or learning to do something new. But how can we change our brains to think and feel in new or different ways?
The simple answer: Meditation or Mindfulness.
What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of mindfulness?
You’re not supposed to have thoughts during mindfulness or meditation. Right?
The absence of thought is a common misperception when it comes to mindfulness and meditation. While there are several different types of meditation and mindfulness practices, there is not a single one that is a magic bullet.
Scientific studies have shown over and again that having a regular mindfulness practice has a ton of fantastic benefits, including lowering stress levels, reducing the feeling of anxiety, and giving you a greater sense of well-being.
This may translate to your daily life as having an easier time dealing with day-to-day worries and being able to more easily shrug off difficulties or struggles. The things that upset you become much easier to deal with in a calm and controlled manner.
It’s super simple to get started! Here’s how:
- Start with a single minute of meditation. Find a quiet space to close your eyes relax and take a few breaths.
- Use a guided meditation. There are a ton of free videos readily available on YouTube. One of our favorites is below.
- Mindfulness Meditation is where you observe your thoughts and feelings with the objectivity of a disinterested, nonjudgmental witness. Just sit quietly and acknowledge thoughts as they come in and allow them to disappear from your mind.
No matter what you do, over time you will rewire your brain to deal with the things that cause you stress in a healthier way. Giving you greater happiness.