Mindfulness meditation is characterized by an open presence and a non-judgmental awareness of sensory, cognitive, and affective experiences as they arise in the present moment.
The research studies examining EEG activity during Mindfulness meditation practice consistently report increases in frontal theta power and communication.
Theta is a slow brainwave and may serve as a counter-balance to the typical fast brainwave activity observed in those experiencing chronic stress or anxiety.
Previous research has established that people demonstrating greater theta activity tend to have lower anxiety. Increased frontal theta during meditation has also been associated with decreases in anxiety levels. A comparison study, examining the EEG signatures of a Concentration (Focus) meditation versus a Mindfulness meditation found that the Mindfulness practice was associated with higher levels of frontal theta.
This suggests that Mindfulness strategies would be an ideal match for those struggling with anxiety and/or chronic stress.
||Mental Health Targets
|Learning to let go
Creating distance from thoughts, feelings, behaviours
Increasing awareness of bodily states
Increasing awareness of, and regulating emotional states
Calm awareness of present moment
Mindfulness meditation is one of the meditation techniques you can learn using our neuromeditation method: