"Interestingly but not surprisingly, one of the central benefits of meditation is that it improves attention and concentration."
February is almost passed and today I am assessing my mindful project for this month. I wanted to stop multi-tasking and develop more ability to be attentive to one thing at a time. I addressed my reading attention, my ability to stay focused on conversations, using mindfulness to notice tasks like washing dishes and even just walking. Things are improving.
One success is my meditation practice. It started slow with a five minute span feeling so long. Gradually I moved to fifteen minutes. I use an app called "The Mindfulness App". It includes pre-set silent meditations, guided versions, and even allows me to make my own personalized design of any length. When I hear the little bell ring three times I know I am done. I take a deep breath and feel renewed. Below are some interesting facts about quieting the troubled mind.
"One of the most interesting in the last few years, carried out at Yale University, found that mindfulness meditation decreases activity in the default mode network (DMN), the brain network responsible for mind-wandering and self-referential thoughts – a.k.a., “monkey mind.” The DMN is “on” or active when we’re not thinking about anything in particular, when our minds are just wandering from thought to thought.
More mindfulness Monday posts here.