Meditation is to your brain what running is to your heart. Until very recently, meditation was treated as something spiritual. It was mostly confined to religion, hippies, and yoga classes. But that’s quickly changing as neuroscience research uncovers the very real impacts and benefits that meditation has for your brain.
We need to move away from our illness-first approach to mental health and recognize that everybody has a brain, and that means everybody has mental health. Mental health is no different than physical health–we all have it. And we all have varying levels of improvable physical and mental health. Just as each decision you make affects your physical health, so too does every decision affect your mental health.