How to Fight “Brain Fog” With Meditation


How often have you felt forgetful or seem to have lost your short-term memory? You know the feeling I'm talking about. You start losing your attention, feel spacey, and there's a problem with focusing on the tasks at hand.

Did you know that meditation can help you cut down on "brain fog" like this? If you learn how to meditate, over time, it helps you to clear your mind and cut down on states of mental stupor. Because meditation involves learning to let go of the thoughts that run around in your head, with practice you can learn to let go of the state of unclarity that arises in your mind that meditators call dullness, brain fog or stupor. Naturally it takes some practice order to achieve this ability with proficiency. Nevertheless, it's well worth the effort because that's the purpose of meditation in the first place.

The cardinal rule of meditation is to let go of your thoughts, but to maintain awareness of everything that goes on in your mind while letting your mind give rise to thoughts freely. When people start to watch their mind this way, at first the mind starts to get clearer and they reach a realm of mental clarity. But after this initial spurt of progress, it actually seems like their mind is becoming busier than ever before and more confused than they've ever known it to be. This is not actually a step backwards but a step forwards, and people who think they are retrogressing when this happens are actually misinterpreting their stage of achievement.

What is actually happening at this point in time is that the mind is becoming clearer and you are just beginning to see its inner workings for the very first time, but you mistake that clarity for extra busyness. For instance, meditation teachers often compare our wandering "monkey mind" with a glass of muddy water. As the thoughts in the mind begin to dissipate and clarity arises, that's the same thing as the particles of dust in the muddy water beginning to settle. Only when the dust particles begin to settle can an individual see the separate particles clearly.

That's what's happening when you first begin to notice all the wandering thoughts in your head. If you keep meditating with practice and determination, soon these wandering thoughts will settle and your mind will reach a state of clarity that it has never before experienced.

So how can this help you with brain fog?

Sometimes nutritional deficiencies cause brain fog such as low levels of vitamin B12, magnesium or amino acids. If you drink too many artificial sweeteners this can also cause brain fog too. If there is an overgrowth of Candida in the gut, this is also often a major culprit responsible for brain fog. In fact, that is probably the number one cause of mental fogginess other than eating foods to which you are allergic. Caprylic acid, candisol, oregacillin and other supplements can help get rid of the Candida problem for good.

Let's put these causes aside, though of course you must investigate them and others. If we rule out these various causes and attack the problem from the basis of mind, to combat mental unclarity you need to let go of your thoughts while watching your mind and in time it will become clearer with practice. This is called vipassana in some meditation schools, or "cessation and watching." You simply observe your mind, and in time its busy nature ceases, and "brain fog" along with it. You just detach from it when it arises, and maintain clarity until it passes.

That's how meditation can help free you from confusion for good. Want to learn how to meditate? Go visit for free lessons.


Source by Mitchell Humphrey