NeuroMeditation is the application of brain based principles to meditation practices. All meditations generally fall into one or more of four categories: Focus, Mindfulness, Quiet Mind, and Open Heart. We can determine our meditative style based on the way attention is directed during our meditation, our intention during the practice, and the way the practice impacts the brain. By knowing how you meditate you can choose a style of practice to best match your goals.
The Focus Style of NeuroMeditation emphasizes holding attention on a single object. These practices are associated with increased activation of the frontal lobes and help train the mind to improve a variety of cognitive functions including sustaining attention, reducing mind wandering, improving reaction time, and working memory. Click here to learn more!
The Mindfulness Style of NeuroMeditation emphasizes observing your thoughts, feelings, and bodily sensations more objectively, learning to create distance from internal reactions, bringing attention more fully to the present moment, and accepting things as they are without grasping, clinging, or pushing things away. Click here to learn more!
The Quiet Mind Style of NeuroMeditation represents the common view of meditation-that of entering a state of consciousness that is pure awareness or emptiness, with no specific thoughts or images present. If you received Quiet Mind as your NMI style, you may benefit from practices that reduce the amount and intensity of internal self-talk, thinking, analyzing, or processing. Click here to learn more!
The Open Heart Style of NeuroMeditation emphasizes activating and enhancing positive feeling states, such as love, compassion, generosity, gratitude, or joy. With many/most of these practices you are intending to “send” these feelings out to others in the world; targets for these practices may be yourself, family, friends, acquaintances, or regions of the world that are experiencing conflict. Click here to learn more!