Mindfulness meditation is a process of relaxing the mind which leads to a state of consciousness that brings clarity and serenity to ones life. From decreasing stress or anxiety, to improving sleep, memory or general wellbeing – more and more research shows that mindfulness has many physical and psychological benefits.
Generally speaking there are two different meditation techniques: one is called focused meditation, the other mindfulness meditation. With focused meditation, we pay attention to one specific experience (ie our breath) to the exclusion of all else. Mindfulness meditation is a „nonjudgmental awareness of experiences in the present moment."
What's the Science behind it?
Using fMRI scans, scientists discovered that during meditation our brains stop processing. The image below shows a dramatic decrease in beta waves, which indicate processing of information, after just 10 minutes of meditation by someone who has not done it before.
Studies conclude that Meditation is specifically beneficial for these brain regions:
Responsible for reasoning, planning and emotions, this is one of the most highly evolved parts of the brain.
Processes sensory information about the world, this part of the brain supports your orientation in time and space.
This part of the brain relays sensory and motor signals and regulates alertness by focusing on specific sensory data.
This region regulates the sleep-wake cycle and filters incoming stimuli to discriminate irrelevant background stimuli.