Mindful Meditation

Exercise Your Mind Just Like Your Abs With 10-Minute Mindfulness

You don’t have to spend a month meditating to enjoy the benefits of mindfulness.

New research has found that short intervals of practicing mindfulness — even as brief as 10 minutes each day — can cause “really profound changes” in the brain, according to author Maria Konnikova, who examined memory and creativity in the book“Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes.”

As Konnikova recently wrote in the New Yorker, achieving mindfulness can be just as easy as “10-Minute Abs.” Faithfully practicing mindfulness for 10 minutes each day will sharpen your brain, but Konnikova warns that it’s equally important to keep up the routine even after you feel the benefits.

“You’re going to lose your mindfulness abs if you stop practicing,” she said.

Learn more about the benefits of 10 minutes of daily mindfulness each day in the video HERE.

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‘Meditation Has Changed My Life,’ Says Hugh Jackman

An unlikely poster boy for meditation, Wolverine star Hugh Jackman revealed in the latest issue of Men’s Health that meditation “changed his life.” The August issue of the magazine features a world exclusive on his workout (and some mighty fine muscles he has too).

Talking about the gruelling training involved to shape up for the film, he said: “The bottom line is you’ve got to train until you want to throw up and you have to eat until you want to throw up. And that’s pretty much it.”

Meditation may play a role in the mindful attitude he takes to working out. He added: “Over the years I’ve really got to know my body. I know what it takes to get ready, I know how long it’s going to take to get there and I know what I need to eat. I’ve really adjusted my diet and narrowed it down to the least painful way for me.”

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Looking fit comes at a price however, as his diet involved eating one piece of steak a day and was so off-putting towards the end, that he’s thinking of becoming a vegan. “I eat one steak a day minimum. Now I don’t know any doctors recommending a 12oz steak every day. I’m pretty sure that’s not good.”

The star has been very open about relaxation and meditation, which has become a fundamental part of his wellbeing over the last 20 years. He said: “I practise different strains of meditation and its really changed my life. It is not a religious thing.”

This isn’t the first time the actor has spoken about it – he explained in an interview to Oprah:

“In meditation, I can let go of everything. I’m not Hugh Jackman. I’m not a dad. I’m not a husband. I’m just dipping into that powerful source that creates everything. I take a little bath in it.”

Transcendental meditation has also featured in Hugh’s life, and he uses it to give himself space in an otherwise busy life. He says: “Nothing has ever opened my eyes like transcendental meditation has. It makes me calm and happy, and, well, it gives me some peace and quiet in what’s a pretty chaotic life!”

‘Meditation Has Changed My Life,’ Says Hugh Jackman.