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GRIT LIFE Members on Mindfulness and Meditation

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In our final REFLECT post for the month, we bring you the stories of two of our amazing community members. Learn more about how Amee and Jessica have used meditation, breathing and mindfulness to achieve focus, relieve stress and improve other areas of their lives. At GRIT Life we believe that mindfulness, meditation and positive intentions are a crucial part of healthy lives and fitness routines.

We want to thank Amee and Jess for sharing their stories and giving back to our community. We’ll continue to share stories of our members in the coming months. And if you need any help setting up a mindfulness or meditation practice, don’t hesitate to grab us after class.

Meditation Experience and Practice – Amee

Meditation Experience and Practice – Jessica

We want to hear from you too! Interested in participating in future member spotlights? Touch base with Craig or drop us a comment here or on Facebook. Our community is so important to us and we want to make sure that you have your say.

 

Meditation and Your Brain

Man meditating in a field.

As we start to wind down our month long focus on Reflect, we turn our attention to the meditation side of reflection.

While there are many types of meditation (zazen, primordial sound meditation, heart rate meditation just to name a few), all of them offer similar benefits that will pay off in your training, focus and mindfulness.

Regular meditation helps reduce physical stress, increases focus on work and improves your ability to retain knowledge. Recent studies have even shown that semi-regular meditation has huge benefits for one of our most important muscles – our brains.

Per the study, “measurable changes in brain regions associated with memory, sense of self, empathy, and stress start to appear in subjects who practice mindfulness meditation for only eight weeks.”

Want to know more about what meditation might mean for your brain and the impacts it might have on your physical and mental fitness? Check out this article from the Chopra Center.

Not ready to jump into a full meditation practice? Start with just two minutes a day. A great way to begin small steps to longer meditation sessions is to box breathe. We covered box breathing in our post last week and can’t stress enough the importance of this technique in bringing focus to your day.

Do you meditate? We want to know about your practice and what it means to your physical and mental fitness. Shoot us a message over on Facebook if you’re comfortable sharing your story in next week’s post.