As evidence mounts linking meditation to measurable, widespread changes throughout the brain, body, and behavior, it is becoming increasingly important to understand how we can better reap the benefits of this practice within a modern, western culture. An increasing amount of research is showing support for the effectiveness of meditation in the treatment of psychological disorders, as well. Of particular interest are the commonly seen improvements in mood and emotional regulation, as well as alterations in brain structures related to emotional processes.
Unfortunately, many people have a hard time tolerating meditation long enough to reap these benefits. Those with an overactive brain have a hard time sitting still and calming their mind, while those with an underactive brain might have a hard time focusing or fall asleep. Neurofeedback and biofeedback, alongside other techniques, can train your brain and nervous system to more easily drop into the ideal state for mindfulness meditation.
Neurofeedback- and biofeedback-assisted meditation combines traditional meditation techniques with modern technology. With the use of brainwave training equipment as well as other biofeedback modalities, individuals can learn to meditate more quickly and easily. These modern techniques grew out of decades of scientific research and the historical use of neurofeedback to train deep states. More recently, groundbreaking research through neuroimaging has added valuable information that is guiding efforts to better understand and implement these new technologies.
What is Mindfulness?
While the practice of meditation can take many forms, common features include an object of focus (such as one’s breath) and a gentle, non-judgemental awareness. Here at NeuroGrove, the primary kind of meditation we teach is called Mindfulness Meditation.
Mindfulness has been defined as “paying attention in a particular way, on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally.” Mindfulness practice involves a variety of attitudinal pillars that are practiced throughout the day in addition to sitting meditation. The most commonly practiced pillars include: non-judging, patience, beginner’s mind, trust, non-striving, acceptance, and letting go. As such, we find that this type of meditation provides numerous benefits for health and personal growth that extend beyond our work in the office.