By Natural Advocate | January 4, 2012 - 10:43 pm - Posted in Cognitive and Focus

I’ve always been one of those people who wishes like crazy that I could meditate. And yet, my mind always races at a hundred miles an hour. I have a very hard time relaxing and letting go of racing thoughts. However, I can get into a focus and concentration mode when I need to and I can be very productive when I get into these types of modes.

But I would love to push my focus and concentration, as well as my personal peace and ability to keep negative and fruitless wandering thoughts at bay, to the next level. For that, I believe you need to become an accomplished meditation guru.

There is just so much evidence that meditation has a positive effect on the brain waves that determine your body’s thoughts.  It also has proven to open pathways that allow focused thought to be the winner over fleeting, unfocused, frantic thoughts about things that you can’t change and that are essentially a huge waste of time and energy.

Meditation has also been linked to lessened severity of depression, anxiety and also of disorders like ADHD.  This is because the participant is better able to calm their mind so that they can really focus on something that matters. Something that has a positive outcome and is actually productive, in other words.

It allows people who become good at it to have a modified “default” network. The default networks is essentially where all the negative ruminations come in. It is where our mind tends to wander and where we tend to be our most unproductive and least at peace. Meditation seems to allow us to alter this pathway and sort of shut it down or minimize it even when we are not meditating.

It allows us to increase our mindfulness and concentration where we need it, and when we most need to get something done that will help us accomplish our goals.  It may even be helpful in the future to help us prevent aging of the brain, or potentially to help ward of things like alzheimers and dementia if we can really perfect it and make the most use of our minds.

What’s interesting is that we actually have physical proof that our minds improve with meditation.  People who are accomplished at meditation showed improved brain activity as well as better pathways to achieve the singular mindfulness that so many of us try to achieve.

 


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