Robyn McKay explains how living in the present and being mindful of your actions affects the brain.
When we practice paying attention on purpose or being mindful what that actually does over time is it changes our brain. So that people who are not mindful or who don’t meditate actually have a whole lot of activity on the right prefrontal cortex, which is associated with feelings of anxiety and depression, for example.
The people who have logged hundreds of hours of meditation actually have a whole lot of activity in the left prefrontal cortex, which is associated with feelings of well-being, happiness, and relaxation.
So, when we are paying attention on purpose and when we are feeling good, as a result of meditation for example, we can be more creative in our lives. We can be more responsive to the people around us. We can find more meaning in our relationships.