People used to believe that the ancient practice of meditation was shrouded in mystery. However, today meditation is practiced on a regular basis by people from every walk of life. Meditation is something that can provide you with many benefits, including improving your overall health.
When it comes to our health, we all want it to be favorable. However, we are inundated with information from so many different places, that it can be hard to know what to follow and believe and what we should ignore.
Spiritual leaders from numerous cultures have been practicing mediation for hundreds of years. The practice, along with the benefits, is now available to everyone.
The Brain And Meditation
We will attempt to keep this discussion as non-technical as we possibly can. People who have practiced meditation are aware of how they feel and don’t feel any longer. Meditation helps you to be more satisfied with life, wiser and free of pain.
Research from the University of Massachusetts Medical School has shown that people who meditate on a regular basis exhibit a shift in their brain activity. The brain waves of these individuals show less functioning in their grey matter (amygdala) where fear is located.
Also, more brain waves are shown to operate at the left frontal cortex. This is the area of the brain that promotes calmness. All of this translates into decreased levels of anxiety, stress and possibly depression as well.
This data comes from a study that was conducted at a company in Madison, Wisconsin on stressed employees. Some individuals from the group were randomly selected to meditate for eight weeks.
The control group did no meditating. Scans taken before the study were compared with ones that were take immediately following the study and also ones taken four months later. The people who meditated became much calmer than the those individuals in the control group who did not.
Noticeable Health Benefits
How can mediation benefit you? In terms of improving your health, practicing meditation can provide you with some important benefits.
How does this work? Focused breathing is used by meditation to help the spirit, body and mind come together. Deeper breathing helps enable people to:
* Boost immunity
* Eliminate pains and aches such as those from arthritis
* Reduce anxiety and stress levels
* Increase concentration and memory
* Improve blood pressure and heart rate
When stress is reduced or eliminated, many other problems also go away. For example, stress can produce inflammatory processes within the body.
This can lead to irritable bowels, decreased immunity, pains, aches and other ailments. When the body becomes calm, it is possible to restore immunity. Your sleep patterns become normal again and your body is able to repair and restore itself while you are sleeping.
Meditation can help to restore your emotional balance. Increased self-control and blood flow that comes from practicing meditation helps to improve self-confidence and problem-solving skills, as you are better able to physically and emotionally handle situations that arise in your life.
You really have nothing to lose. Your overall health and life can be improved through the practice of meditation. Give it a try today.