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KEY POINTS:

1. Meditation has direct benefits on both the structure and function of the brain.

2. Meditating for as little as eight weeks can actually increase the grey matter in the parts of the brain responsible for emotional regulation and learning.

3. Regular meditation helps to change the responses of a region of the brain called the amygdala, leading to better emotional control both during the meditation and in the hours that followed. 

4. Other research has shown that mediation improves mood, stress, your hormone levels, and can reduce anxiety, pain, and depression.

By Dr. Greg Wells

Most of the elite performers that I have had the privilege to work with over the last few years have a meditation practice. I have just started and am about 6 months into my journey of consistent meditation. The practice has helped me to decrease stress, increase calmness, speed recovery and to think more clearly. I really notice the difference between days when I meditate in the morning when compared to those days when I miss my practice.

Meditation, when done consistently can change your brain for the better. Recent research at Harvard has shown meditating for as little as eight weeks can actually increase the grey matter in the parts of the brain responsible for emotional regulation and learning. My own experience has shown that meditation is essential for learning how to manage and to sharpen my mind. It is an essential practice for anyone looking to live a world-class life.
 
New research has demonstrated that regular meditation helps to change the responses of a region of the brain called the amygdala to environmental events. Overall these changes result in better emotional control both during the meditation and in the hours that followed. This was the first study that showed that meditation has residual effects on mood and emotion that last after the meditation session ends.
 
Other research has shown that mediation improves mood, stress, your hormone levels, and can reduce anxiety, pain, and depression. It is an incredible tool that will make a huge difference in your life.

Today's POWER-UP: The One Minute Body Scan

Eventually, if you practice, the relaxation response and mind clarity becomes almost automatic. Here’s how it works. 

1. Start with one minute a day. Try “body scanning,” which involves focusing your mind and energy on each section of the body from head to toe.

2. As you direct your focus to each body part, notice any tension and use your breathing to relax that area and let the tension go.

3. Focus on your breathing and let your thoughts come and go without judgement.

4. Make this a habit and you might even be able to change the way your brain controls emotions and learning by relaxing your body and setting the stage for brilliance!