The brain is a commander center, a place where decisions made. Cognitive performance is important for every stage of life. If we want to increase memory, sharpen focus and improve learning abilities, we must apply two techniques.
If we want to keep our mind in good shape, we must exercise. According to Ken Weingardt, a professor at the NorthWestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, the exercise is the only evidence-based activity. Exercise help to improve cognitive abilities. There are triggers which contribute to developing dementia. The heart disease, high blood pressure, and stroke may occur if people do not engage in physical activities.
The National Institute of Aging made the recent study about the importance of exercising. This study shows that actions prompt muscles to release a protein. This protein stimulates the growth of new cells in the hippocampus. The hippocampus plays a major role in the consolidation of information. This part of the brain controls memory.
The mindfulness is a state of mind when we are aware of our thoughts, feelings. People are conscious and do not react to triggers because they understand what is going on. The focus increased, awareness and nonjudgmental attitude is a normal mental state.
Meditation helps sharpen focus, relax and expand awareness. People who meditate, are disciplined, calm and thoughtful.
“We have seen higher levels of mindfulness predicting greater levels of job satisfaction, lower levels of fatigue and emotional exhaustion”, said Mahima Saxena, an assistant professor of psychology at Illinois Tech.
When people use meditation technique, they become calm, concentrated and aware of their thoughts and feelings.
According to Ken Weingardt, MRI brain scans show the shrinking of the amygdala, when people use meditation. The amygdala is the center of fear in the brain. The prefrontal cortex, which is responsible for concentration, decision-making, and attention grows using meditation practice.
It is not easy to meditate. The meditation requires constant practice. It involves watching thoughts and letting them go. One of my friends told that he does not want to skip meditation. He saw many things happened to him which lead to success and happiness. I guess that when we calm our minds, we can see the world in a different light, as the neutral place.
Do you meditate? I would be glad to hear your thoughts regarding this subject.