A lot of people ask me why they should practice meditation and if mediation really works. The answer to both questions is YES and YES!!!
I read somewhere that a good way to think about how our brain works is to imagine that we have two wolves living by our side at all times. One of our wolves is fed by fear and anger, making this wolf primed to fight. The other one is fed by love and compassion, making one of the most important qualities of this wolf his capacity for empathy, tolerance and acceptance.
Think for a moment the time you spend feeding each one of your wolves. Every time that you have fear based thoughts or you hold on to negative emotions such as fear, anxiety, or hurt, you are feeding your aggressive wolf. We live in very stressful environments and our lives are very busy and complicated feeding our wolf all day long.
How do we feed the other wolf so that he becomes strong and powerful like his brother? One simple way is by meditating. When you engage in a meditation practice, you activate the part of your brain that acts as a mediator between your thoughts and feelings. That is involved in social awareness and intuition and more importantly can control the way we respond to fear-inducing stimuli.
People that meditate for 12 minutes every day have scientifically proven results after 8 weeks of daily practice. Start your practice today. Reset your brain and start this year by feeding your compassionate wolf.