Refresh Your Mind with a Daily Brain Shower


By: Gaia Staff  |  December 4, 2013

Do you shower every day? Why?

How do you feel after a hot, refreshing shower?

Showers are wonderful things. I enjoy them daily myself. It always amazes me how a bit of warm water shooting out of a spout can make me feel reborn and revitalized. In fact, during the hot and humid Barcelona summers, I sometimes treat myself to two to three showers per day. Pure heaven!

Imagine, a mere generation ago it was common to bathe only once a week. In my grandmother’s time, it was a monthly event with the whole family sharing the same bath water. The daily shower really is one of the Western world’s modern luxuries.

Once in a while, when I have a hectic morning, I might drop off my kids at school before I have had time to have my shower. Oh, how I hate that feeling! It’s on those days that I try to avoid chitchatting with the other moms, or bumping into one of the kids’ teachers. It’s a funny thing, as I am sure no one would ever even notice, but I just feel like my day hasn’t started properly if I haven’t had my shower. I just feel icky. I’m sure you know what I mean.

Reset Your Mind With a Daily Meditation Practice

You are probably wondering what on earth all this has to do with meditation.

Well, as a meditator for over fifteen years now, I have found that meditation is like my mental “brain-shower.” On the days that I don’t manage to fit in my meditation practice, I just don’t feel right. I tend to lose my mental clarity, my mind feels cloudy and I’m just not on top of my game. When I meditate, it seems to cleanse me of any stress and negativity that has built up from the day before, and I can start afresh. It’s like pressing the reset button.

Meditation gives you mental purity. When you are alert and rested in your mind, you are also more productive, more likely to make good decisions, have better problem-solving skills and are more likely to produce new ideas.

When the brain is relaxed, your brain waves slow down into the alpha and theta state. These states activate your right brain, and this is where your creativity and genius lie. Meditation cleanses your mind (it really is a “mental shower”). Even a short meditation session is enough time to flush out any negative emotions and thoughts that have been building up in your brain throughout the day. Many successful people use meditation to rest, recharge and reset their minds to enable them to take on any new challenges which arise and to keep them at the top of their game.

For example, Oprah Winfrey spoke to the media (actually she’s revealed it many times) about the profound effect meditation has had on her life: “The one thing I want to continue to do is to center myself every day and make that a practice for myself, because I am one thousand percent better when I do.”

Even right now you can close your eyes for the next three minutes and put 100% of your attention on your breath. Just notice the sensation of your breath as it enters in through your nose and travels down and fills up your lungs with rejuvenating oxygen. On each new exhale allow any tension or stress to flow out of you. If you can do this, then you can meditate. This will bring you into the present moment, quickly recharge your brain and refresh your mind.

I challenge you to try this three times per day during the next week. Soon you will see how this simple practice is like a wonderful refreshing shower for your brain.


 

Dr. Michelle Nielsen

Dr. Michelle loves watching people become happier, healthier and more connected through meditation. Her Meditation Spa APP and Meditation E-Courses marry modern technology with ancient wisdom to make meditation easy and accessible across the globe. 
As a wellness expert, international speaker, and published author, Michelle specializes in “Spiritual Makeovers”. After 2 decades in private practice helping people to heal their physical bodies, she realized that most patients were in great need of a soul surgeon. Therefore, she turned her attention towards healing the spirit and began a 15-year love affair with meditation and other spiritual practices. 
Thanks to her best-selling books and sold-out conferences, Dr. Nielsen travels the world teaching people how to create outrageous goals and birth them into reality, by aligning and better connecting body, mind and spirit. 
She also shares her powerful message in a diversity of ways such as in leading Corporate Workshops, creating guided meditations, writing for several magazines (including The Huffington Post & Cosmopolitan) and blogging for several popular websites. 
Michelle grew up in a small town in Canada and took her first international trip to the Outback in Australia at the age of 13, which turned her into a travel addict. She has lived and worked in over 10 countries, and is presently settled in beautiful Barcelona. She balances her professional life with being a wife and having the privilege of raising two delightful children, Tahlia and Matisse. The family enjoy an active wellness lifestyle, which includes snowboarding, rollerblading and many foreign adventures.
For more information about Michelle and her work, you may visit:
Website: www.MasterManifestors.com
Facebook: Master Manifestors 
Free Meditation E-Course
iTUNES: Meditation Spa App
Twitter: @DrMKNielsen
YouTube: Guided Meditations by Dr. Michelle Nielsen
In Spanish:
Website: www.maestrosdelavida.com
Facebook: Meastros De La Vida
YouTube: Maestros Manifestadores


 

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