To understand the benefits of meditation, we must first understand how our minds and memories work.
Throughout the day, we receive millions of new stimuli. These are observed and recorded by our short term (or working) memory.
During periods of limited stimulation, most notably during sleep but also during meditation, habitual exercise, or prayer, these memories are transferred from short term to long term memory.
Now, when we access long term memory, it is not like going into a filing cabinet — pulling out one memory or another. Rather, we create complex associations with each experience and sensory stimuli.
For example, when looking at a traffic cone, we access our long term memory and are able to create associations with other orange items – a pumpkin, an orange, a life vest, etc. – despite each having very different use cases.
This network of long term memory is called a schema. It is what allows us to have those deep, often creative or complex, thoughts — and experience those “Ahha!” moments.
However, if our working memory is constantly stimulated, such as by the incessant alerts of our devices, we do not allow time and space for those short term memories to move to long term memories.
We remain in a constant state of stimulating our short term (or working) memory, we only allow for surface thoughts — preventing deep thought.
Mind Guided Meditation trains focus; empowering participants to remove distraction and welcome deep thought.