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You may think of mindfulness meditation as a way of de-stressing or getting in touch with a more spiritual side of yourself.
. . . we’ve found that those who participated in mindful meditation practice were roughly 69% more likely to show improvements in executive functioning.
In our own research with older adults, we’ve found that those who participated in mindful meditation practice (e.g., paying close attention to their own experience without judgement) were roughly 69% more likely to show improvements in executive functioning (i.e., a broad set of thinking abilities including mental flexibility) beyond the average participant in a basic relaxation group that was used for comparison purposes.
Other research has similarly found a link between meditation practice and cognitive abilities, including mental flexibility, bolstering the evidence supporting the use of meditation as a brain-sharpening tool.
As a beginner it can be hard to know how to start practicing mindfulness meditation. In my experience, I’ve found that it is helpful to start out with some structure (e.g., by listening to a guided script) and build up to longer meditations (e.g., maybe start with just five minutes a day).
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