Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease are two serious conditions which serve as grim reminders of what can happen to us when we take our neurological health for granted.
But emerging research indicates that there is a way to preserve brain function. We are, of course, talking about mindfulness. Meditation techniques have been repeatedly shown to protect the brain from the damaging effects of aging. Practicing mindfulness regularly also improves our focus, productivity, communication, and memory.
The aim of mindfulness is to bring your awareness back to the present moment. Science shows that we are less happy when our mind wanders. The natural tendency of the mind is to wander. Our mind is always focused on thoughts pertaining to the past or the future, and almost never in the present moment – the only moment that should matter to us. Mindfulness meditation is a technique that allows us to live life in the present moment. It allows us to press the ‘pause’ button on all our worries and enjoy life in the present.
The best thing about mindfulness meditation is it’s very easy to learn. Contrary to popular belief, it does not require any religious affiliation. You can start with basic techniques to cultivate mindfulness. Just setting aside 5 minutes a day towards meditation can have profound effects on your life and health. To learn more about how you can cultivate this wonderful habit, read this article.
Mindfulness meditation is an effective mental exercise to help regulate, protect, and develop the brain. When practiced regularly, it can have a profound impact on your cognition and performance.