shutterstock_nemoThis is what I’ve felt like today, somewhat adrift in a thicket of squishy fronds of not much. The warm weather has been great for my mental state, but for the last few weeks, I’ve been hungry and craving chocolate and wine. I’ve been thinking that I have to get more in touch with my inner self, relocate my motivation and get back my focus on getting healthier.

Here’s an article I found on the U.S. National Institutes of Health website that boggled my mind. It’s called “Short-term meditation induces white matter changes in the anterior cingulate”. Yikes. What a tongue-twister. The researcher went on to say, “The anterior cingulate cortex (ACC) is part of a network implicated in the development of self-regulation and whose connectivity changes dramatically in development. In previous studies we showed that 3 h of mental training, based on traditional Chinese medicine (integrative body–mind training, IBMT), increases ACC activity and improves self-regulation. However, it is not known whether changes in white matter connectivity can result from small amounts of mental training.” Okay. Sure. Tick, tick, tick. Makes my brain tired.

wb023199Then there’s this: “IBMT involves body relaxation, mental imagery, and mindfulness training, accompanied by selected music background. Cooperation between the body and the mind is emphasized in facilitating and achieving a meditative state.”

I plowed through several paragraphs of multi-syllable words and medical terminology and the bottom line is this: if you meditate, if you slow down your thoughts and relax in whatever way suits you, then you will demonstrate improved performance. Well, gee, I didn’t need a medical study to show me that. The issue is finding a path that is effective and sticking with it over a period of time.