Your brain on mindfulness
Master your brain waves, heighten brain functioning, and combat aging.
Maximize the good
Recent studies demonstrate improved attention/focus, memory, and decision-making in adult brains; combatting effects of aging.
Increased grey matter was measured in the prefrontal cortex (memory & decision-making), left hippocampus (cognition & emotional regulation), and the temporo parietal junction (empathy & perspective).
Brain imaging of theta/alpha wave ratios before and after a 20-minute mindfulness meditation.
Minimize the bad
A wide body of research has demonstrated that mindfulness meditation reduces daily stress, anxiety, depression, and mind-wandering.
Research corresponds with lower self-reported stress levels, decreased grey matter in the amygdala (fight-of-flight stress mechanism), and reduced default mode network activity (mind-wandering).
What is mindfulness?
Mindfulness meditation is maintaining stable attention to the sensations of the breath. That’s it.
You are developing the skill of bringing your attention to whatever is happening in the present moment. While the untrained “monkey mind” may succumb to distractions quickly & often at the beginning, over time you will be able to instantly recognize when your mind has wandered and gently return attention to the breath. With regular mental workouts, you will be able maintain stable attention for the entire 20-minute class and beyond.
ANIMA’s guided meditations help you develop this skill – gently reminding you when your mind may have wandered, tailoring your practice to hone specific benefits in your life, and answering any questions you may have about your advancing practice. We also measure your brain waves during each practice so you can tangibly & precisely measure your improvement through seeing how often your mind wandered, and for how long it was calm.
The greatest minds meditate
I think meditation has been the single biggest influence on my life. […] More than anything in my life [it] was the biggest ingredient of whatever success I've had. Meditation leads to open-mindedness. To creativity. Meditating is a process of opening up. It’s like taking a hot shower — even though you’re not thinking of something, a great idea comes through and you just grab it.Ray DalioFounder, Bridgewater Associates
Meditation is the greatest tool to help you both harness and maximize your entrepreneurial spirit. It’s the most effective tool to help you achieve your goals. […] No tool has made me a smarter, more focused and clearer thinking entrepreneur than meditation.Russell SimmonsFounder, Def Jam Recordings
If you just sit and observe, you will see how restless your mind is. If you try to calm it, it only makes it worse, but over time it does calm, and when it does, there's room to hear more subtle things - that's when your intuition starts to blossom and you start to see things more clearly and be in the present more. You see so much more than you could see before. It's a discipline; you have to practice it.Steve JobsFounder & CEO, Apple
Contemplation, meditation—It's not for monks and hermits. I think they can really improve all of our lives and they can really improve us as business people as well. That’s where this practice – this practice that enables us to be more creative, more intuitive, to make these better decisions – is going to work.Daniel LoebFounder, Third Point Management
I've been practicing meditation for 40 years. I’m just a normal guy. And [running the TV show] was not a normal situation to be in… So I meditated every day. And that’s how I survived the nine years. It’s like having… you know, your phone has a charger, right? It’s like having a charger for your whole body and mind.Jerry SeinfeldCreator, Seinfeld