Health

Meditate your way to health

Meditate your way to health

It is probably the most underutilized tool we have at our fingertips tips. Along with changes in diet, lifestyle, exercise and adopting a daily meditative practise of just 15-20mnuites a day – you can change your brain and your life!

What happens to your brain when you meditate?

Well, the answer is pretty simple, you actually rewire you brain for better health and happiness. Years of Scientific research has shown that meditation reduces stress, improves concentration and increases happiness. We’ve all heard of dopamine or the “happy chemical”, well when you meditate your dopamine level rises quite substantially, and that is reason enough for us to meditate!

So, what are these brain changes?

Meditation actually increases the grey matter in your brain i.e. the thinking part of your brain. By maintaining grey matter you are basically slowing down the ageing process of the brain since our brains shrink with age.

How else does mediating affect the brain?

It enhances the brains ability to reorganise itself, especially in the pre frontal cortex – the seat of meta-awareness – the fundamental aspect of mindfulness and self-awareness. It regulates cognitive behaviour, personality expression, decision-making and social behaviours. It orchestrates our thoughts and actions in accordance with internal goals

Meditation can also shrink the amygda- the fight or flight centre, which is the reptilian part of our brain. These changes can reduce stress, anxiety, fear and cortisol. A smaller amygdala can also help to reduce symptoms of PTSD and trauma

Ok so in less scientific terms this means that tons of areas of the brain benefit from the effects of meditation, leaving us all calmer, more emotionally stable people.

The Intangible Benefits

At the end of the day meditation helps build the most important relationship you have – the relationship with yourself!  People who have adopted a meditative practise are happier, more proactive, and develop greater clarity and insight into themselves and their lives.  They are more connected and their meditative journey is transformative.  Meditation is medicine – the good kind!

If the prospect of meditation is intimidating to you, consider getting started with a mediation app; Headspace, Calm, Insight Timer, Aura: Mindfulness Daily and Inscape are some great ones we recommend.

So what are you waiting for? Get out your cushion, close our eyes, and breathe!

 

 

 

Durban Get It Magazine – July 2017

Durban July sets the scene with the Colour of Magic.
View magazine
 

July Spoil

Crabtree & Evelyn is renowned around the world for beautiful gifts and everyday luxuries that capture the essence of British style. Rich, indulgent body butters, nourishing cleansers, intensive, award-winning hand therapies – all the essentials your body craves. And then… they created La Source… a wealth of therapeutic marine goodness for head to toe nourishment, and we just love the stuff!

 

Win with the TOPS at SPAR Wine Show

Welcome to WINEderland where the stars are red, white and wild! For the second event of the 2017 national tour, the TOPS at SPAR Wine Show will be back at Suncoast, Durban to present a spectacular “pourformance” of South Africa’s most loved wines and bubbly from 8th – 10th June 2017.

 

Handmade with love

Anything made locally and with love is something we just have to own, which is why we can’t stop raving about the stunning range of heirloom artisan pendants from Home-Industry, in particular, their Unity Necklace (valued at R1380) consisting of four sterling silver organic rings beautifully displayed on a rolo slide chain and personalised to your liking.

 

June Spoil

Lovely lunch in the hills.

 

Fancy winning a voucher from Extra Yum Cakes?

It’s the baking studio with the “X” factor -that undefinable quality that makes it’s creations stand out! In honour of Father’s Day, Extra Yum Cakes in Kloof shares this fantastic Tray-Bake recipe for you to knock up for your dad if you like being hands-on in the kitchen, as well as giving one lucky Getit Online reader the chance to win a cake voucher.

 

Fancy winning a designer cushion for Mother’s Day

Isabel Walsh , owner of Creative Concepts /Isabel7 has one of these beautiful designer cushions to give away to one lucky reader this Mothers Day. The lucky winner can choose from one of these three beautiful designs above.

 

The magic of a safari wedding – and what it takes to get there

A huge decision for any bridal couple is the venue for the wedding ceremony and reception. A venue situated in a unique location (other than the local church or community hall) has enormous potential in providing an exceptional experience that will be remembered for a lifetime.

is a national brand of premium free magazines available in centres across the country.

Click here


to see other Get It magazines in the network.