I’m not the kind of person who needs statistics and medical evidence to convince me that my meditation practice is making a profound difference in my life, but I respect people who do. This is why I was so encouraged when I saw this article from Forbes Magazine that speaks to the impact that different kinds of meditation have on the brain.
Meditation is a brain changer. Three specific types of meditation (Presence, Affect, and Perspective) were studied through the Max Planck Institute, and the research has shown that the structure and function of the brain changes when meditation is practiced with dedication and consistency.
This is such goods news. Science is a window into the energetic world of healing. It helps us understand the undeniable potency that practices like prayer, meditation, sacred self-care, compassion, contemplation, and self-realization have on our lives at all levels.
I was on a gloomy path before I found meditation and self-care practices. I understand how difficult everything can feel when life spins out and how impossible it is to attempt to turn life around when you don’t have the physical, mental, and emotional strength to take life to the next level.
This is the great value of learning discipline and building a self-care foundation that will support change in your life forever. It gives you a perspective that literally opens space in your brain to take the next steps in healing. Steps you never thought were possible before you shined the light on the inside of your life through meditation.
This is why meditation was a game changer for me. Meditation reorganized how my brain works. When I first started meditating, small things started to look and feel different, noticeably different. I remember walking outside one day after I’d been practicing for a week or so and looking at the trees and the sky and saying to myself, “Have the leaves always been that green and the sky so blue?” Something had changed. I knew it but it was hard to understand. My perspective had opened up, and I was having a very different experience of myself and my surroundings.
Through this cutting-edge study, we now have evidence to prove that meditation is more than just a “feel good” exercise but an actual therapy that has long-standing supportive effects on the way our brain functions.
These are the three types of meditation practices referenced in this article.
- Presence – The ability to bring a busy, anxious mind to focus. Through breath techniques and movement, you experience sensations and develop the ability to experience the relationship between the body, mind, and spirit.
- Affect – Enhanced empathy and compassion for others, loving-kindness meditation.
- Perspective – Of the three practices, perspective meditation, or as I call it in my book, Inside, the practice of the observer.
I work with each of these practices personally and professionally. They are easy to understand and I have great success in guiding clients through lifelong change when they commit to doing them for small amounts of time (3 to 6 minutes) a day.
The most difficult part of meditation is not in grasping the actual exercise; it is in staying consistent and committed to the practice. Give it a try and watch what happens in your life. Get curious and have fun with it. There’s nothing to lose. Remember, meditation really is a brain changer; in a very short amount of time, you can improve the health of your brain by a lot. If you are inspired to begin a self-healing practice start here.