Meditation is one of the tools that helps us build mental fitness.
Our brain has naturally evolved to search for threats and danger in order to keep our species alive. However in our modern age, our living environment has changed drastically and we don't need to be searching for danger all the time.
Neuroscience has proven that we can deactivate this part of the brain and spend less time worrying about danger and more time appreciating the life we have.
However, this takes conscious effort and training.
The practice of mindfulness meditation strengthens the neural pathways to be in the present moment. As we meditate we focus on a present moment anchor, then when our attention drifts into the wandering mind, we kindly return our awareness back to the present moment anchor. Over and over again. It is quite simple. We are not trying to rid our minds of thoughts, we are simply observing when the mind wanders into past or future thinking, and we return our awareness.
You may notice when you are in the present moment, you experience moments of gladness, a feeling of connection or a sense of gratitude. This is normal.
We are training our minds to live in a more evolved brain, in the prefrontal cortex. This is the part of the brain which is responsible for; planning, impulse control, managing emotional reactions and greatly contributes to personality development.
So, we need to buff up our pre-frontal cortex so we can notice the goodness in our everyday lives.