On a rainy day like this, I thought we would spend more time indoor. And, maybe, just maybe, we can spend some quality time getting to know each other better.
I’m inviting us all to a short mindfulness exploration and hear its benefits. Neuroscience and modern medicine has now caught up with this ancient wisdom tradition. And, we all take more comfort in hearing the scientific reason behind mindfulness. Here are 5 of those reasons:
1. Meditation helps with memory: both short-term and long-term memory parts get stimulated. The aging person’s brain is ensured to retain the ability to store new memories now, as well as through the advancing years.
2. Meditation helps the digestive system: the mindful breathing exercises improves circulations and blood oxygen enrichment. This results in sending extra help to all the organs, including the stomach and intestines.
3. Meditation activates the happy part of your brain: By stimulating the “feel-good” prefrontal cortex brain region, anyone who suffers from depression can benefit from meditation. With increased feelings of happiness in the mind, anyone, especially the aging senior can renew his or her zest for life!
4. Meditation sharpens and focuses the mind: Meditation and mindfulness practices are many times more effective than a crossword puzzle. Better focus, more creativity, quicker wit, are but just a few of the available benefits.
5. Meditation melts away stress, yielding many great benefits: Two significant aging and quality of life factors, stress, and end-of-life anxiety, are greatly reduced after beginning a meditation program.
Naturally, many experts believe meditation to be the “fountain of youth” for both the body and brain and I think older people can receive a limitless number of these benefits.
Read more: What happens to first-time meditators.