Did you know that you actually change the structure of your brain when you meditate regularly? This results in better physical and emotional health and well-being.
According to recent research, when you meditate, you can grow gray matter in some parts of the brain and shrink it in others. This is known as Neuroplasticity, the idea that your brain changes due to experiences, thoughts and emotions. Growth in certain areas leads to increased capacity for compassion and increased self-awareness, while shrinking in others reduces stress and impulsive decision-making. Meditation can re-route neural pathways from those that lead to obsessing and worrying to those that allow you to focus on what is going on in the present moment. In fact, with time, you can change your default mode of thinking. Some athletes use meditation techniques to increase focus and “get in the zone.” It’s important to note that the research indicates that you are best off with a regular mindfulness meditation routine.