The Science of Body-Mind Medicine
Mindful Meditation changes neural networks to reduce depression + ANxiety
Mindfulness practices, involving observing thoughts non-judgmentally in the present moment, are known to be therapeutic in helping us regulate emotions. In this neuroplasticity study, newbies practiced meditation for 40 days and experienced a significant reduction in their depression and anxiety after training. It looks like the therapeutic mechanism is by changing the neural networks that relate to mood.
The travels of a wandering mind
...to unhappiness. We spend almost half of our time not being present in the moment. While this ability to think backwards, forwards, and sideways, allows us to review the past and plan into the future, it comes with a toll for our emotions. This mind wandering, based on time-lapse analyses, is generally the cause, not the consequence of feeling sub-par. The mind-body training traditions that are based on "living in the moment" are on to something: be here, now, and happier.
Tech-enabled Mindful Training?
The tried-and-true format of meditation training with facilitator-led weekly group meetings has been shown to work wonderfully for the health of body and mind. But can a tech-enabled version, supported with neurofeedback, deliver similar outcomes in an easier to access version? This study found benefits for attention and subjective well-being, with greater body awareness and calm in the 6 weeks of 10 minute daily training. Power up the EEG and let's get breathing!