In our busy world, we just don’t pause for long enough to “recharge the batteries.” Meditation is one of the five interventions for positive brain wellness taught by Memory Matters. Full details of our educational programs can be found on our website at www.mymemorymatters.org, but here is a sample:
Daily meditation practice with yoga sessions may reduce the risk of mild cognitive impairment for healthy-brained adults, says The Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease (May 2016).
Special qualities derived from meditation and yoga can improve visual-spatial memory, short-term recall, and the ability to navigate and find locations. Practitioners also benefit from reduced anxiety and depression. Plus, they have greater coping skills and stress resilience, according to the 2016 study. Researchers suggest, “Improvements in memory, mood, and stress resilience attributed to yoga and meditation may be due to increased production of brain-derived neurotrophic growth factor (BDNF).” BDNF is responsible for boosting connections between brain cells, as well as maintaining the survival of existing brain cell connections.
John Ratliff writes here about Ray Charles and the relaxed way he chose to sing, which was indeed the secret of his success, emphasizing the space between his notes. My English cousin has long since reminded me to “never hurry, never worry, and smell the roses along the way”…….Mike
Ray Charles was once asked what he attributed his masterful interpretations to. “Well, I take my time, you see? I don’t rush the notes. The thing that really matters is the space between them. There’s a little gap in there, you see? I just slip in there, nice and easy. Think of a good actor out on the stage all alone. What separates him from all the rest? It is his ability to get inside between the words. Once he’s in there, there’s no rushing. He’s not worried about messing up. He doesn’t care if the audience gets it or not because he has become one with his work. It’s the same thing with music. Heck, it’s the same thing with anything in life you really want to be good at.
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