Meditation and the Brain

Meditation is a mental exercise by which one attempts to get beyond the conditioned, “thinking” mind into a deeper state of relaxation or awareness.

The big 5 favourable outcomes:

  3. PAIN
  5. SLEEP

Sometimes the most important thing in a whole day is the rest we take between two deep breaths – Etty Hillesum

Meditation and the Brain by Bill Patterson

As we age there is a factor in our life known as age-related cognitive decline that is a normal part of our ageing process. It is not a disease like Alzheimer’s or dementia. This normal process however can be contained or even reversed if we learn to put our minds to it, so to speak.

Our cognitive processing begins to decline as early as age 30, though it accelerates and becomes more noticeable after age 50.

Although these cognitive changes can be annoying they are part of normal ageing.

Recent research has indicated that keeping your mind engaged in new and challenging activities can help to prevent or reverse this normal cognitive decline.

Learning to meditate is a skill that can be learned and built upon.

You are invited to join our next More than Meditation course, designed to help you maintain a regular practice.

  • Various well proven simple approaches.
  • Mindfulness exercises designed to lower stress
  • Guided meditations for specific outcomes (check the big 5 above)
  • Calling on new understandings from neuroscience to activate neuroplasticity…learning to positively change the brain.