You mindfully do nothing at all, without external distraction. This moves you away from a state of doing, to a simple state of being. With this, meditation becomes a state of thoughtless awareness.
Thoughtless awareness is to be aware of your thoughts while not attaching any meaning to them. You Let thoughts flow in and out of your mind without getting caught up in your inner monologue.
Thoughts happen. They flit across your mind all the time, regardless of what you are doing. This brings a feeling of deep and lasting peace. It puts some space between the world in your mind and the world outside.
Meditating for as little as a few minutes can breathe life into your day. Practising over time can change the way you view the world. It can make you less reactive, and more compassionate.
Sitting in meditation is simultaneously one of life’s simplest and most complex endeavours. Doing so provides your brain an amazing restorative gift.
There is a physical change in the brain that reflects this. And we will talk about that in detail in our next blogpost.
In a nutshell – The “me” centre of your brain becomes less active. This is the default mode network (DMN) also known as your “monkey mind”. This part of the brain handles mind-wandering, ruminating and self-referential thoughts.
Meditation gives this centre a break.
This frees up energy to boost activity in the “us” centre of your brain. This part of the brain focusses on collaboration. It sees all beings as interconnected. This is how you connect to and as part of society.
Your outlook begins to shift, from “What can the world do for me?” to “What can I do for the world?” An amazing transformation takes place.
Meditation may seem like just sitting there. But anyone who has tried this knows how this can be hard work! By keeping your brain working while physically in a state of rest, you are working out your gray matter.
Why is this important? Because mediation helps you to protect your gray matter. You are taking steps to protect against aging brain diseases – Alzheimer’s and Dementia. While meditation may not cure brain degeneration, any step to help certainly goes a long way.
Sitting in meditation can trigger the release of “feel-good” chemicals serotonin and dopamine. By repeatedly sitting in a state of mindful relaxation, you are “rewiring” your brain. This habit forms new neural pathways towards this relaxed and positive state.
Cultivating a practise over time strengthens these pathways. Keep practising—forming new habits as well as kicking old ones takes time. Trust in your brain’s awesome abilities to do so.
Not sure where to start? We run a number of guided meditation sessions three times a week – drop by and give it a try.