Rewire Your Brain and Prosper
In my blog, “The Happiness Advantage”, we saw how meditation grows the part of our brain responsible for feeling happy and when practiced regularly can actually rewire our brains.
Studies about meditation and our brain seem to be everywhere these days. Neuroplasticity is the science of how the brain changes its structure and function in response to training. It identifies meditation as a primary tool for building a more agile brain, even as we age.
How does this rewiring happen?
It is the focusing of our attention on one object that makes meditation so powerful. It changes the brain’s structure and function allowing it to process information more efficiently.
It also allows us to feel more in control of our lives. Feeling in control is one of the strongest determiners of our overall sense of well being. Interestingly, it’s about how much control we think we have rather than how much control we actually have. As a former boss of mine used to say, “…perception is reality.”
Locus of Control
Do you believe your actions have a direct impact on the daily outcomes in your life?
Or, do you believe external events have a greater impact on how things turn out?
Psychologists describe people who answered “yes” to the first question as having an internal locus of control and those who answered “yes” to the second question as having an external locus of control.
The “internal” locus of control folks think they have more control. For example, if things don’t go according to their plans, they look inside themselves to examine how they can change their approach for a more positive outcome. Those with an external locus of control tend to believe they are helpless to influence the outcomes.
There are scientifically proven health benefits with an internal focus because these people tend to have less stress, less disease and greater happiness.
Create a Meditation Practice
Perceptions of control are all about one’s attitude and the relatively young fields of Neuroplasticity and Positive Psychology believe that attitudes can be changed by rewiring our brains. In other words, if you answered “yes” to the second question, it’s possible to change and develop the healthier internal locus of control.
Which brings us back to meditation and it’s proven ability to rewire our brains.
Each of us has control over our decision to meditate. Yes, it can seem daunting at first. There’s this feeling of how do I get started and am I doing it “right”.
My advice is to start small and keep your meditation to two or three minutes in the beginning. Then, as your schedule permits, you can extend the time. Consistent, regular practice is much more important than length of time. You’ll experience meditation’s benefits more quickly.
Here’s the meditation slide again in case your missed it last week.
Enjoy and Breathe Easy!
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