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THE BENEFITS OF MEDITATION

"Meditation is one of the most important components of any health plan. It's unique ability to elicit ease and mental stability provides a foundation for healing."

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- Fortney & Bonus, 2007

 

Meditation practicioners learn to bring their minds into a state of gentle peace, and focus their attention. A regular practice brings about a huge number of beneficial adjustments to both physical and mental functioning.

SOME PHYSICAL BENEFITS

  • Reversal of the Fight / Flight Response

  • Decreased Heart Rate

  • Improved Immune Function

  • Slowing Down / Reversal of Aging

  • Lowered Blood Pressure

  • Deep Muscle Relaxation

  • Increased Energy Levels

  • Decreased Release of Stress Hormones

  • Improved Airflow to the Lungs

  • Decreased Pain and Pain Perception

The hypometabolic state attained through Meditation practice is similar to (but not the same as) those created by sleep and hypnosis, allowing our bodies to enter into regenerative, restorative processes.

 

EEG, MRI and CAT scans have all shown that Meditation is associated with active states of consciousness that involve cognitive restructured learning, as well as physical changes to the structure of the brain.

 

Research has provided evidence that this works because it affects the autonomic nervous system within the brain, which regulates many muscles and organs controlling functions such as heartbeat, sweating, breathing and digestion.

Meditating 20-30 minutes once or twice a day has been proven to produce metabolic effects that are the opposite of the body's fight/flight response.

 

Many of the positive changes that occur during Meditation are associated with increased activity of telomerase- an enzyme that is vital for long term cell health, improved immune function, and has even been associated with the slowing down or reversal of the aging process.

SOME PSYCHOLOGICAL BENEFITS

  • Improved Emotional / Mental Health

  • Decreased Worry

  • Reduced Perception of Stress

  • Decreased Fear

  • Increased Sense of Wellbeing and Peace

  • Increased Resilience and Adaptability

  • Reduced Anxiety and Depression

  • Increased Degree of Self-Actualisation

  • Increased Ability to Regulate Behaviour

  • Increased Ability to Generate Positivity

  • Slowing Down / Reversal of Aging

  • Improved Concentration / Focus

  • Enhanced Feelings of Happiness

  • Decreased Overthinking

As we go through an average day, we are generally operating in Beta brainwave states- where we are actively involved in logical thinking, concentration, and high mental processing. We are, for example, in this state during conversation. Remaining in this state for a prolonged period of time can be exhausting, and understanding how to shift our brainwaves can alter our psychological functioning in a hugely positive way.

 

Meditation practice enables us to shift our brainwaves into predominantly Alpha waves- the waves that allow us to relax, and increase our capability of accelerated learning. We most often experience these waves right after we wake up, and just before we go to sleep. Alpha waves promote changes in the autonomic nervous system, that calm both the body and the mind.

As we practice Meditation on a regular basis, it creates an opportunity for ongoing brain changes and development. Scientific research has shown us that in meditative states, new brain cells can be created, and the connections between brain cells can grow. Changes occur in our brain synapses, synaptic networks, and the layers of capillaries that deliver metabolic supplies, such as glucose and oxygen, to the busy parts of our brains.

 

Much research has been conducted with double blind studies and monitoring experiments with both first-time meditators and advanced practicioners (such as Buddhist monks).