Mindfulness & Meditation: How To Approach It & Does It Work For Everyone?
Almost every day of our lives, we strive to constantly figure out who we are, what we are and why we are. Every day comes with it’s own set of challenges, moments of refuge and comfort, a topsy-turvy of emotions – from turmoil’s to exhilaration. One interesting part of this that not a lot of us seem to realize is that feeling ‘numb’ – whether that be mentally or emotionally – is also a feeling in itself.
Why do we need Mindfulness?
Imagine if you could find a sense of balance, acceptance, and learning from negative thoughts and experiences. This means being self-aware enough to recognize negative thoughts, choosing to process them, and not being overwhelmed.
That is what mindfulness is all about. By developing the ability to be fully present, aware of your thoughts and actions, and not being overly reactive or overwhelmed about what’s going around you, you can start your journey towards achieving internal peace and gain a greater level of control over your mind.
With a plethora of information out there about inculcating mindfulness and the various tools available to help you on your journey, it can seem rather daunting to actually begin – ironically, that is the exact opposite of how you’re supposed to feel!
Meditation and Neuroplasticity
According to us – and a lot of scientific research – meditation is one of the most effective tools to inculcate mindfulness within yourself. By following a regular meditation practice, you can train your brain to be mindful – and even remodel the structure of your brain.
This is a phenomenon known as neuroplasticity. In scientific terms, it means that gray matter in our brain can thicken or shrink, connections between neurons can be improved, new ones can be created, and old ones can be degraded or even terminated.
In simpler language, it means that it is the very nature of our brain to never stop learning and growing, and we hold the power to mold it as we wish. Yes, you can quite literally reshape your brain for calmness and positivity!
Mindfulness meditation is a great way to go about this. Following a meditation practice simply means that you should take out a few minutes of your time daily – or at some level of regularity – and venture into the inner workings of your mind. Stop jumping from one thought to another, be one with your physical self, be very aware of everything around you, and have a few moments where you are thinking about… absolutely nothing.
It is important to remember that the opportunity to practice mindfulness actually exists in our daily lives. This can be something as big as a meditation practice or something as small as taking the time to process your emotions before replying to an angry text.
After reading this so far, you must be thinking that mindfulness is the answer for all your problems and negative thoughts. We feel that it is important to mention that mindfulness actually does not necessarily work for everybody.
One size does not fit all
When you look at it from a technical and neurological perspective, it is important to understand that not everybody’s brain wiring is the same, especially when you add to that the experiences that one goes through on an everyday basis. If you are someone who has been through a traumatic life event, are subliminally still affected by the event or often find yourself avoiding the random rendezvous that your mind decides to make every once in a while to the point of pain – we feel that it is best that you should not indulge in the process of mindfulness. The difference in mental perception more than just often leads to a different perception of reality, and each brain works differently.
Similar is the case with meditation – someone who does cardio everyday might benefit from attaining the ‘aspirational body type’ or the health benefits that come with it. But, at the same time, their knees might get negatively affected. So what can be done?
You can always try and find a balance. See what works for you, and what doesn’t. We can assure you that it’s fun to try and understand your own mind. You might be surprised by understanding the things that your mind is capable of doing! And yes, this includes re-shaping itself, too
But, go one step at a time – it’s a process and everybody has a different pace and approach. It’s just like running a marathon – you’d be surprised to know that not everybody can run a 10K or a 15K even after years of training. And there’s nothing wrong with it. Everybody has a different physical and mental capacity, you just need to know what it is. And that is where we come in.
How can Neuphony help you?
The Neuphony headgear can track your brain waves, analyze them and tell you what your brain is feeling during any specific activity. When you start your mindfulness journey with meditation, you can actually know whether or not it is a positive or negative action that you are carrying out for your brain, and how you can make it better suited for yourself.
It also helps in more ways than one – you might feel that your daily run is relaxing your mind but deep inside your head, your mind can actually be getting anxious by the minute. The Neuphony headgear, with its three-lobe tracking and the resulting accurate data, identifies your base state and lets you know that this activity may not be the best for you. Along with this, it also uses music tailored for your brain, and our app helps you leverage the right type of meditation. So, what are you waiting for? Recognize, analyses, and realize your inner self and get ready to embark on this exciting journey towards mindfulness with Neuphony.
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