The Science Behind Mindfulness

The mind is just like a muscle – the more you exercise it, the stronger it gets and the more it can expand. ― Idowu Koyenikan

The human brain is amazing. Neuroplasticity is the brain’s ability to form new neural connections over time. When there is injury or disease, the brain can miraculously reorganize and readjust by using the healthy intact nerve cells (called neurons) to form new connections. In short, our brains are malleable and can adapt to life and its challenges.

Mindfulness or the awareness of our thoughts and emotions can also influence brain plasticity. When we exercise certain parts of our brain, those parts get stronger. So, if we often think negatively, we reinforce this behavior and the more we focus on gratitude, the better we are at being grateful.

The more we worry, the better we become at worrying…if we practice being calm, clear and focused, we can strengthen these networks too. – Smiling Mind video

Here’s an interesting four-minute video by Smiling Mind on mindfulness and how the brain works.

 

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