Mindfulness meditation is a practice originating in Buddhist tradition that has been shown to alleviate stress, depression and anxiety, and even boost your immunity. It helps to focus the mind on what’s happening in the moment, often through following the breath. Over time, the practice appears to actually enhance the size of and connections to the anterior insula, a brain region associated with our awareness of physical and emotional sensations. Activation of the insula has also been linked to better orgasms in women.
“Beyond that, mindfulness helps you to pay attention, period,” Lucas explains. “You’re better attuned to what you want and need, and what’s going on for your partner, so you can respond in better ways as a lover.”