When I adopted a regular meditation and Yoga practice into my life, I noticed subtle changes.
First, by giving myself a few moments to observe my thoughts everyday, I start the day at a calm resting state. If the benefit of a morning practice is to “Be” in a more relaxed state, that alone would be huge.
A second benefit is to quickly return to a relaxed state, by returning the focus to the breath. The ability to rewrite the wiring of the brain is Neuroplasticity at work.
Wouldn’t it be great if science told us this same Utopian story in a persuasive manner?
“It is fascinating to see the brain’s plasticity and that, by practicing meditation, we can play an active role in changing the brain and can increase our well-being and quality of life,” says Britta Hölzel, first author of the paper and a research fellow at MGH and Giessen University in Germany.
I love when science validates intuition and personal experience. I guess we can enjoy the benefits of our practice and wait for the science to catch up.