What is mindfulness really? In some circles we have heard its ‘good’ to meditate and it’s ‘healthy’ and it’s something we ‘should’ be doing… but the idea ‘it’s good for you’ – what does that really mean and why is it good for you?
Let’s break it down shall we. Did you know that when we are mindful, present, in the moment, and yes, meditating we are most likely in a brain state that is associated with the Prefrontal Cortex. This is the part of the brain that is associated with all of our higher human capabilities – our greatest qualities of being human. Things like compassion, empathy, big picture thinking and understanding, social graces, and the list goes on and on. The Prefrontal cortex is associated with the ParaSympathetic Nervous System which is when our body is in rest, digest, restore and repair mode.
So if you think it is ‘good’ to be in a state of ease, mindfulness just might be something for you to try.
If you think it is ‘healthy’ to be able to recognize and express compassion, empathy and big-picture thinking, then mindfulness might be something for you to try. You can take the ‘should’ out of the equation if you literally know you are inducing a brain state that will have a positive effect on you, one that induces your body to rest, restore, and repair itself. This might become something you ‘want’ to do knowing the positive side effects of being mindful, present, and in the moment.
Here’s a list of some ways you can induce a Prefrontal Cortex state of mind.
- Deep Breathing – breathing is a simple way to bring our bodies in the present and can have a calming effect.
- Novelty – any time we are in a situation where we say ‘huh -that’s interesting, that’s unusual, that’s different – not in a threatening way but in a way that associates it with a uniqueness of the situation – this is like brain candy for the Prefrontal Cortex.
- Sense of Awe – literally ‘a-ha’ moments can induce activity in the Prefrontal cortex
And of course
- Meditating – Neurosculpting® is a powerful meditation tool that combines the ideas of Neuroscience with the experience of guided meditation.
So be kind to yourself, be mindful, be present and know the more you practice the easier it gets to continually go back to a Prefrontal Cortex state of being. Take in all those mindful moments and know it is ‘good’ for you!
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Tamme Buckner believes that every individual has the innate ability to balance Body, Mind and Spirit. As a Certified Neurosculpting® Facilitator and Tier 2 Fellow, Certified Vedic Astrologer, 200 hour Certified Yoga Instructor and Certified Reiki Master she possesses many skills to help create and maintain this delicate balance in this often fast paced, stressed and chaotic world we all live in today. Tamme has always been a seeker and walks this path with a smile guided by her heart. She wholeheartedly believes meditation is one of the greatest tools to help create the space that encourages the ability to flow through the highs and lows of life with grace and ease. In her role as the Neurosculpting® Institute Youth Program Outreach Coordinator Tamme has been able to share and empower children with mindfulness techniques, meditation tools and the wisdom of the power of their own thoughts. She is honored to be able to share and facilitate the Neurosculpting® classes in a group setting and is also available for private consultations for Neurosculpting as well as Vedic Astrology readings. Find out more at TammeB.com