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Headspace: Discover the benefits of meditation

The Doctors at Aepios
Mental Health

How many times have we heard about the benefits of meditation but not been able to get into it? Like all of you, I too have been interested in trying to get started down this road.

Initially, I bought a book that was called Meditation for Dummies. I went through it and tried it out but didn’t really get the hang of it. I would sit there with my eyes closed and just want to fall asleep until I finally decided that this just wasn’t for me.

One evening, I was taking the train home and started a conversation with my neighbor who told me about his journey into meditation. He had gone through a drawn-out medical illness that turned him away from allopathic treatment and toward holistic methods. It was during all of this that he discovered meditation and a few yoga retreats later he was practicing regularly. He, very poetically, described to me that mediation was like focusing on the gaps between your thoughts. It was a very interesting way to phrase the practice of meditation and definitely not something I had heard before.

A while later, I started using an app a friend of mine told me about called Headspace. It begins with ten free sessions, so it’s worth trying out to see if it is something that you like. It’s a guided practice that starts out for only ten minutes a day. No matter how busy our lives may be, we can take ten minutes to try this out.

The benefits of meditation are numerous and have stood the test of time. Anxiety reduction, improved sleep, improved memory, and the ability to control pain are just a few of these.

About the Author

Christina DeSerio

In addition to her role as the CEO of Aepios, Christina holds an advanced degree in neuroscience with extensive training in vision science, cognitive neuroscience, and cognitive and developmental psychology. Having worked with some of the most elite labs in the country, her aim is to apply this acquired knowledge to make a positive impact on the world through research, service, and activism. Numerous studies have shown that the brain is highly adaptable and changeable, and that simply knowing this fact can improve the recovery process. She hopes that by sharing some of the research she has come across in the fields of neuroscience and psychology, she can spur compassion, healing, and recovery.

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