Young woman practicing morning meditation in nature at the beach

Mindfulness is a type of psychology that changes your brain when practiced long term. Despite also being associated with ancient contemplative practice is now based on scientifically researched techniques that have been proven to boost your performance and literally alter your brain structure and function.

Researchers from the University of British Columbia recently pooled data from more than 20 studies to understand how practicing mindfulness affects the brain. More about that published in HBR here.

Through mindfulness practice the research found increases in brain activity and density of brain tissue. Todays blog looks at two areas of the brain with significance importance to you.

1. The anterior cingulate cortex (ACC), the part of the brain that is responsible for self control. It enables you to resist temptation or distractions, increase focus and avoid impulsive behaviour to work more efficiently, make better choices and elicit more effective problem solving strategies.

2. The hippocampus, which is responsible for resilience in the face of setbacks and challenges. The hippocampus is damaged by stress making it an area most need to to work on!

Mindfulness is a great practice to help you deal with stress and learn to be more self generated in your thoughts and feelings rather than feeling out of control and reactive to your enviroment. Mindfulness and meditation is perhaps the only natural way to change your brain in this way and you can begin experiencing the benefits from just a little practice everyday.  Once you notice the changes and tap into the present moment you will know this is probably one of the most precious things you can do for yourself. It also has a ripple effect on those around you.

Want to grow your mindfulness muscles together? I have been practicing different forms of mindfulness since my early 20s, and trained with Melbourne Meditation Centre to become a teacher over 10 years ago. I have now developed a program based on wellness coaching and the Mindful over Matter workshops I delivered this year to help clients one on one develop their practice in a safe coaching environment. At some point all the coaching sessions I do touch on mindfulness as it is such a life changer and let’s face it who wouldn’t want to experience these benefits? I feel compelled to share and will always hold a mindful space for my sessions.

My mindfulness coaching sessions are not based on any spiritual or religious faith but rather the researched science within a coaching frame, clients can explore their individual core beliefs and what gives their own life meaning and through coaching I can help facilitate that journey if they wish. The sessions are client focussed and directed allowing them to develop their own unique techniques, awareness and anchors in a non-judgmental space while being supported with coaching tools to enhance the process.

For an introductory session or enquiry email marion@melbournecoach.com.au

 

Editor: Marion Miller.

 

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