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Shaping the brain with meditation | Sara Lazar talks

Bio: Neuroscientist Sara Lazar’s amazing brain scans show meditation can actually change the size of key regions of our brain, improving our memory and making us more empathetic, compassionate, and resilient under stress

I use mindfulness as a practical approach to developing focused attention, resilience, clarity of thought and calmness via the ability we have to become observant of our own thinking rather than automatically living our thoughts out. The brain does not discriminate between a real threat and the thought of something threatening. The same physiological responses are triggered, commonly known as ‘fright or flight’. Gaining control over these mechanisms and building the positive mental bank balance allows us to deal with the problems that we face more swiftly and effectively.

We can also use mindfulness in moving and exercising as during periods of being mindful we are simply paying attention to the present moment but without any kind of judgement. We can create awareness that allows positive change and quality training as opposed to being on autopilot, i.e./ that moment when we realise that we have arrived but how did we get there?

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