Meditation: Exercise for Your Brain
You exercise it, you develop life health overall.
Dante was an over-worrier and overthinker. When he first entered session with me, he got anxious a lot about too many things at the same time.
Also, his perceptual focus had always been on the negative. He responded to other people's labels as if they were the real thing.
From this kind of thinking, he took labels and opinions from others literally. And, all the time, he'd assume he somehow knew about his "badness" or attribute ill will to others.
One of the first key new habits Dante learned in our work together is meditation.
Mindful meditation. Taking control of intrusive thoughts. Refocusing, when the "monkey mind" jumps again.
With this new habit, Dante has noticed that, on days that he exercises meditation, he is pretty less anxious and agitated.
His meditation breaks help him relax and be more focused on his work.
In my weekend geriatrics group session with aging men, we do a lot of meditation. Training the mind. Taking control of one's thoughts.
How such a simple activity improve symptoms of depression and anxiety common among the aged! It promotes their learning new things to grow. It preserves the aging brain.
Meditation. Its benefits are profound.
Not only demonstrated by thousands of years of anecdotal evidences. But it's also solidly validated by exhaustive scientific research.