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Mindfulness Meditation Can Grow Your Brain!

Did you know that mindfulness, a form of meditation, can actually grow your brain?

A group of Harvard neuroscientists, who studied the brains of people who embarked on an 8-week mindfulness course, found that their grey matter increased in the areas of the brain involved in:

  • learning and memory,

  • regulating emotions,

  • sense of self,

  • and having perspective.

What's more, there were also decreases in brain cell volume in the amygdala, which is responsible for:

  • fear,

  • anxiety,

  • and stress.

And these changes matched the participants’ self-reports of their stress levels, indicating that meditation not only changes the brain, but it changes our subjective perception and feelings as well. In fact, a follow-up study, the researchers found that after meditation training, changes in brain areas linked to mood were also linked to improvements in how participants said they felt — i.e., their psychological well-being.

So how young can kids start using the mindfulness tool?

As children develop into early childhood (around age 4), they become capable not only of practicing mindfulness with the guidance of a parent or caregiver, but also of retaining some of these skills and turning to them in times of need.

How Can I Start Meditating with the Kids?

Here are 10 simple meditation exercises you and your kids can try today:

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