Aurorasa Sima en Empowerment, Life coaching, Executive Coaching Emotional Intelligence Trainer / Empowermentalist / beBee Brand Ambassador • Aurorasa Coaching 7/10/2016 · 3 min de lectura · 1,2K

Can mindfulness change your brain?

The effects of meditation on your soul


Can mindfulness change your brain?


Or how the soul can change your body´s biology


Neuroscientists discovered how the "soul" could change the body and help to overcome illness. Meditation, yoga, and positive thinking have been seen as "esoteric stuff" for the longest time. They now have a place in conventional medicine.

22 depressive people were part of a study. One man (we´ll call him John) was a family father. During some phases of his illness, he was not able to leave the house for weeks. He just wanted to get rid of the brooding. No more setbacks, that was the goal of the study.

John and the other participants learned and practiced yoga and mindfulness. They tried to appreciate and apprehend the Here and Now. The first exercise was to find out: How is it when I see a raisin? When I feel it, smell it, taste it.

Once a week they had a group meditation, and on the other days, they meditated 45 minutes at home.

John (who was a doctor) was very skeptical in the beginning. He believed in conventional medicine, yes; he even felt obliged to stick to it. He never dabbled into meditation and other "esoteric stuff." Now he was sitting in the lotus pose and asked himself: What am I doing here?

The more and the longer he was working with his mind, the more he liked it. "It was the best raisin in my life," he said later.

Meanwhile, he is back to his old job and is not on medication anymore. He meditates every day.


Can mindfulness change your brain?


When he came across an article in "Psychiatry Research" that discussed the study, he was a part of he finally understood. Meditation has changed the biology of his brain.

The brain's electrical activity has been measured before and after the tests. In addition to several neurophysiological tests,  the reaction to individual tones had been documented.

The result? In contrast to the participants from the reference group the brains of the participants who trained and practiced mindfulness reacted much stronger to the acoustic stimuli. It learned to not constantly brood so that extra resources could be used on the sounds.

That fits perfectly to what John and the other participants experienced. Many of them felt that they can think clearly again. "Meditation helps to focus and direct attention," said another member. "You do not get lost as often in negative thoughts."

US American psychologist Bethany Kok also researched the healing capabilities of the mind. Her tests were focused on the vagus nerve. It runs from the brainstem all the way through the chest cavity to the gut, and it serves the ear canal, abysm, larynx, lung, stomach, bowel, and heart.

When we breathe in, our heart often beats faster than when we breathe out. This difference is the stress condition of the vagus nerve. A high tonus guarantees a regular digestive function, says Bethany Kok. And it is also essential for social contacts. The look into the eyes of someone, the understanding smile, the agreeing nod - all of this is operated by the vagus nerve.

Wouldn´t it be awesome to learn how you can increase the tonus?

With her colleagues at the University of North Caroline, Kok started a 9-week experiment. 65 men and women wrote down the positive and negative feelings and happenings of the day. Half of them in addition to that attending a meditation class.

Bethany Kok presented her findings in "Psychological Science": The vagotonic of the people who meditated had increased.

If we nourish our minds with positive feelings our tonus increases. That is related to better health and could lead to longevity.

It is the mind that builds its body

Said Friedrich Schiller once. More and more neuroscientists learn how right he was.

The mind can change the body.


With that knowledge meditation does not seem all that esoteric anymore, right? Many psychologists and doctors now combine the Buddhist and Hinduistic technique of meditation with conventional medicine.

Why not cure some diseases on the way to nirvana?

Nobody (at least not me .. ) is saying you can just think any disease away. But meditation influences health and it´s a side effect free way of healing that doctors and psychologists do not use often enough.

People would not need conventional treatment for years and years if the medication worked for everyone.

So why is mindfulness not more promoted and recommended?

There is just not as much money in the game. Companies make a lot of money if you are ill and on some heavy and expensive prescription drugs. Or visiting a shrink for years. The side effects of most prescription medicaments will make sure that you can hardly leave the system.

What if I told you that you could probably achieve better results side-effect free? At no or low cost. I think it´s worth a shot.

Luckily, neuroscience made the topic more attractive. It´s now booming, and that is perfect for the people. Yoga, mindfulness, tai-chi, qigong - meditation is not limited to religious contexts anymore.

I hope you did enjoy part 1/2. The other part will follow soon.

To sum up what we have learned:
  • Meditation aids in the healing of the body
  • Mindfulness is an effective practice
  • The mind can change the body
  • Most people can heal depression side-effect free

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Aurorasa Sima 8/10/2016 · #9

#6 Glad to hear you started practicing mindfulness. While it takes a while to implement it as a habit, the positive results start showing right away. Thanks for sharing, Dilma!

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Aurorasa Sima 8/10/2016 · #8

#3 Dear David, TCM is extremely interesting, I agree 100 %. It´s amazing how much difference acupuncture or even acupressure can make. Ayurveda, an Indian tradition, is not less fascinating. Beside that they recommend to get up early (ewh!) I apply a good portion of ayurvedic wisdom.

What did you pay for your back treatment? Couple of hundred bucks? I did not know that insurers added TCM to their catalogue. Good for the people and good for cost reduction. Thanks for the tip!

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Melissa Hefferman 8/10/2016 · #7

You are wonder full!!!! The here and now is magical and maybe meditation can be personal. Sun, music, and walking has helped me be in 'the trance'... time literally ceased for me 2 yearsish ago. I noticed eventually that I barely notice it passing at all any more. And funny thing, granted from my experiences only, is I've also noticed that this "There is just not as much money in the game." is not necessarily true.... maybe it depends on which game you're playing? In the game of Life, not thinking about money has made me more... that's an energy conversation though, maybe. And yes on pathways. After pulling myself out of the gutter and getting my financial ducks and many other corporeal successes that shocked me once in a row, I was sad. I talked to my mentor about it, she noted I was reforming my neural pathways from the long term practice of failing. That floored me. I'm still working on it. Thanks to you and many others I'm getting there! Imperfect moment by moment.... "stay gold ponyboy".... ;-) Thanks love!

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Thanks for sharing...I attended to a free training process with Vasco Gaspar and I testify mindfullness changes, step by step, a inner feelings perception tjat helps a lot

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Aurorasa Sima 8/10/2016 · #5

#2 Thank you for taking the time to reading it and comment, dear Ali. I feel humbled and greatful.

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Aurorasa Sima 8/10/2016 · #4

#1 Thank you, @Irene Hackett I appreciate it (:

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David B. Grinberg 7/10/2016 · #3

Excellent buzz, as usual, @Aurorasa Sima. You present many good suggestions that gel with the theory of "mind over matter." Chinese medicine says a lot about deep breathing and the other techniques you mentioned. Let's remember that American medicine has only been around for 240 years, whereas Chinese medicine has been around for thousands of years. To wit, the phrase, "Ancient Chinese secret." I learned more about all this when I did acupuncture a few years ago with a practitioner from Shanghi who helped relieve pain due to lower back injury.
Yes, it works and is now covered by some big health insurance plans, like Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Finally, for those interested, I recommend the book, "Between Heaven and Earth: A Guide to Chinese Medicine." Perhaps @Dean Owen might have something to say about this per his travels in China.

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Ali Anani 7/10/2016 · #2

The fact that your buzz changed my mind and enriched it is the proof of your solid buzz dear @Aurorasa Sima

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