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How Meditation Can Help You Focus

If you ever needed proof about how meditation can help you focus, then this article is just that. Not only does meditation help you focus, but recent research has shown that in just under a month of meditation you can improve the wiring of your brain.  Here, Claire Bates for the Daily Mail has explains the results of Integrative Body-Mind Training (IBMT) on two groups of university students.

How Meditation Can Help You Focus

How Meditation Can Help You FocusStudents undergoing IBMT also reported improvements in mood, experiencing reduced levels of anger, depression, anxiety and fatigue. They also had lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol.

Study leader Professor Michael Posner, from the University of Oregon, who carried out the original US research, said: ‘This study gives us a much more detailed picture of what it is that is actually changing.

‘We did confirm the exact locations of the white-matter changes that we had found previously. And now we show that both myelination and axon density are improving.

‘The order of changes we found may be similar to changes found during brain development in early childhood, allowing a new way to reveal how such changes might influence emotional and cognitive development.’

The findings are reported in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

In their conclusions, the scientists wrote: ‘This dynamic pattern of white matter change involving the anterior cingulate cortex, a part of the brain network related to self-regulation, could provide a means for intervention to improve or prevent mental disorders.’

Neuroscientist Dr Elena Antonova, from the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London, said: ‘The findings of this study are potentially good news for all of us. If as little as 11 hours of mindfulness training makes the brain wiring more prolific and better insulated, then simply by being mindful, which is accessible to anyone at any time, we might enjoy a lifetime of mental clarity and emotional stability.’

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If this is how meditation can help you focus, then no wonder more and more people are taking to it.  If at work you are someone who is faced with a never ending flow of emails, phone calls and interruptions, as I was, then it’s easy to lose focus in what you’re actually trying to achieve.  You can spend the whole time staying on top of admin essentially and reach the end of the day wondering what on earth you’ve accomplished. This can lead to all sorts of levels of stress. I used to refer to it as doggy paddling, struggling to keep your head above water. Maybe with some meditation in the daily routine, this would help to get your focus back and reduce stress and anxiety.  If you’ve never tried meditation before, then I recommend 10 Minutes To Bliss by Dr Harlan Kilstein.