It’s one thing to change your mind, but a brand new study actually shows that meditation can literally change your mind matter.  This matters, because the subtle practice of meditation can support better memory, more confidence, more compassion, and steady stress management.

For the first time, studies are showing a direct, scientific map back to the theory that meditation is a clear path to these health benefits through mindfulness.  Harvard researchers say meditating for just eight weeks can lead to significant changes that last the whole day, and that meditation goes beyond just peace and relaxation.  Brain imaging showed increased gray-matter density in the hippocampus, responsible for learning, remembering, self-awareness, and the ability to examine one’s own thoughts and feelings.

Sold? What if you could be more productive, have a sharp memory to stay on top of your tasks, be more awake to your interactions with others, and have better ability to discern right action from wrong action. Combined, you’d be a pretty confident, focused person.

Here’s one midday meditation you can practice to give you instant calm and focus, while empowering you to be as sharp as a yogi.

Meditation: Total Brain Power

  1. Put your fingertips and thumbs together lightly, and leave space between your hands.
  2. Bring your hands, in this shape, to your forehead, and touch your thumbs lightly to the spot in between your eyebrows, but just slightly higher.
  3. Close your eyes and imagine a midnight blue sky that’s clear, with no clouds – only bright, brilliant stars.
  4. Inhale for a count of four.
  5. Exhale for a count of four.
  6. Repeat.

Total Brain Power is based on a yoga mudra (hand gesture) called Hakini, an ancient and popular mudra in modern culture to focus the space of your mind and balance your brain hemispheres.  The visualization is related to the place yogis consider the home of intuition.

Your breath, even and steady, helps you clear the clutter from your mind. Instead of being distracted, you can see clearly and calmly, because you have created the space to do so.