Meditation is an elixir for the brain! The benefits of meditation can be felt well beyond the actual time we spend meditating. The quality of concentration, mindfulness and positive emotions will spill over into the rest of our lives!
Using modern technology like MRI scans scientists can clearly see what happens when we meditate. Our brains stop processing information as the beta waves (the busy part of the brain) slows down. The frontal love of the brain tends to go offline and slows down the bombardment of stimuli such as thoughts and ideas – the brain can take a deep relaxing breath!
Focused attention is very much like a muscle – one that needs to be strengthened through exercise (meditation).
Because meditation is a practise in focusing our attention and being aware when it drifts, it actually improves our focus when we are not meditating. Meditation has been linked to improving rapid memory recall, being less stressed around stressful situations, improving grey matter in the brain (more positive emotions, emotional stability and heightened focus during daily life) and reducing age-related decline of cognitive function which is so prevalent today!
Heidi has had a regular meditation practise for 30 years. From the humble beginnings of learning to meditate she has explored different types of meditation. Heidi is very interested and fascinated by the neuro-plasticity of the brain (the ability to adapt and change) and meditation is one of the best ways to explore that.
Heidi was heavily involved with the Auckland Buddhist Centre for over 10 years where she helped and assisted with their meditation courses and classes. She has studied with international meditation teachers from Australia, US, India and England.
“Relaxation begins from the outer layer of the body and penetrates the deep layers of our existence.”