Everyone has that moment where they realize that their memory isn’t as reliable as it used to be.
It could be at a party where you run into someone you’ve seen a million times and can’t place their name. Or maybe it is the 100th time that you’ve scrambled to find your car keys before walking out the door.
It’s understandable, and not particularly unusual. As people age, the memory naturally declines.
Our ability to recall people, dates, or even where we put our car keys, becomes less reliable.
Also, in a world where constant technological distractions are destroying our attention spans, our ability to recall long-term details begin to suffer.
Just think about the last time you got distracted by a question, embarked on an impromptu Google search, and in turn veered toward some other websites or pages that were barely related to the original question in the first place.
We’re distracted. We have hundreds of thoughts running through our minds.
It’s only natural that our memory suffers because of this.
The good news is that meditation is a proven tool for retaining and enhancing memory, according to various studies performed by universities around the world.
Improves Our Ability to Retain Information
In one such study, performed by the University of California at Santa Barbara, 48 undergraduate students were asked to take a mindfulness class or a nutrition class, which met for 45 minutes four times every week for just two weeks.
At the end of the session, the students who participated in the mindfulness class showed a far better ability to retain information.
They achieved noticeably higher GRE scores than their nutrition class counterparts. So how does the benefits of mindfulness meditation on memory work? It all boils down to the brain.
Improves Focus, Concentration and Memory
After just eight weeks of mindfulness meditation, structural changes in the brain large enough to be picked up by MRI scanners can occur, according to Harvard neuroscientists.
And the areas of the brain where these changes are most prevalent are in the regions that are directly tied to focus, concentration, and yes, memory.
Both the Hippocampus and frontal brain lobe, the major long-term and short-term memory storage centers, tend to light up during meditation.
This mean that by flexing your "memory muscle," you’re giving your brain a better and more invigorated ability to store information.
Enhancing the memory components of your brain is a key benefit to be sure, but this is also augmented by increasing your focus.
Have you ever tried to verbally recite a phone number to make sure you remember it only to get distracted by a stray thought just seconds later?
Meditation quiets these distractions allowing you to focus and properly store those details that matter the most.
In essence, meditation is an age-reverser of sorts. Meditation allows your brain to shed off the stress-related aging of the mind.
It also lets your brain once again react at its peak level.
With regular practice and adherence to mindfulness meditation, your memory can stay blissfully intact regardless of everyday distractions.
Contact me and let’s chat about incorporating mindful meditation into your world!
Having a professional teacher on your side will go a long way in getting you started. Once you’re on the path, you’ll be amazed at how far meditation will take you.
I offer both classes in my office and an online program you can complete at your convenience.