Wire Your Brain for Success

Want to improve your ability to focus, learn, and remember things? Practice regular meditation.

That’s right, not only does meditation reduce stress, but it can also improve your mind, memory, and mental focus – permanently.  Here’s how  . . .

While you meditate your brain goes from the beta waves, which are the awake and alert brain waves, to the slower levels of brainwave activity called theta and delta waves. This is usually where the brain goes during deep sleep, dreaming, or deep hypnosis. This is also the time when the body undergoes its most restorative rest.1

While the brain is resting in these deeper rhythms, the body is at work. The immune system gets boosted and the body also repairs the damage done to it during the day, including healing cuts, bruises and internal problems we may not even know about. This restorative state is also when the mind shuffles through the thoughts and experiences of the day, organizing data into short term and long term storage. 1 [frame align=”right”][/frame]

Meditation rewires the brain by producing high-frequency brain waves that increase the ability to focus, pay attention, learn and remember what was learned.  Meditation can also increase happy thoughts, improve your mood, and slow the aging process in the brain by slowing the thinning of the brain’s frontal cortex and helping to produce more brain cells. Those who meditate can experience these benefits permanently with regular practice. 2

If that’s not enough, meditation has also been found to improve long-term and short-term recall as well as academic performance in high school and college students. 3

There are several different types of meditation, but the one thing they all have in common is they are all easy to do and they all have powerful results.

To learn how to meditate, you can ask someone you know who meditates, check on the Internet, or read a book like “The World is Not a Stressful Place” found in the SMP store.

 

References

1. Stress Management for Life– Third edition, by M. Olpin and M. Hesson, (Wadsworth Cengage Learning) p. 321.

2. Benefits of Meditation: Train Your Brain, by M. Oz MD and M. Roizen MD, (Realage.com).

3. Stress Management for Life- Third edition, by M. Olpin and M. Hesson, (Wadsworth Cengage Learning) p. 325.

 
[staff name=”Shanyn Olpin” position=”About the Author” img=”http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_5IsZ5iEMGHI/Sv8x9NQnmKI/AAAAAAAAAA4/aktj2fndq1s/S220/Shan+5.jpg”]Shanyn is an Adjunct Professor in the Health Promotion and Human Performance Department at Weber State University. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Brigham Young University and her Masters in Community Medicine from West Virginia University School of Medicine. For over 20 years, Shanyn has dedicated her professional life to become an accomplished writer, speaker, and teacher. During that time, she has researched and taught about health and wellness, gaining an extensive background in nutrition, exercise science, and the mind/body connection.[/staff]