Repair Your Brain with Meditation
Most people agree it would be wonderful to restore the human brain naturally. Surely, being able to rewire your brain and shape it organically, so specific functions are enhanced, is the stuff of fairy tales. Research shows, however, the simple act of regular meditation can increase or reduce connections in the brain that influence health, feelings and behavior.
It has long been recognized monks who meditate for periods over countless years have certain qualities others admire. They are wise, discerning, intelligent, and most notably calm.
Their ability to empathize and show compassion is amazing, and their quiet, contemplative nature, and often their sense of humor, is commendable. These qualities are often produced or enhanced via meditation.
While you might not want to spend years sitting in a crossed-legged position and live in a monastery, you could still benefit from meditating every day. The qualities mentioned can be useful for anyone.
Just imagine for a moment you could increase your capacity for perceiving and understanding people’s emotions. You would be able to connect with everyone instead of feel separate. All concepts of ‘them and us’ would disappear, leaving you free to enjoy a sense of contentment and completion.
In fact, one of the wonderful benefits of meditating is the connections in the region of your brain that lead to greater empathy grow. Even if you didn’t want to be kinder than you are, although meditating would develop this trait, being able to understand people well could be helpful in your professional and personal life in other ways.
Studies reveal meditating can strengthen the immune system. Stress reduction enhances the body’s ability to protect itself from disease.
People who meditate cope with anxiety well too. Their capacity to deal calmly with dramatic situations and setbacks is enhanced. Further, connections in their brain to the amygdala, the fear center, are reduced.
Some studies also suggest the amygdala itself becomes smaller when people meditate regularly for years. Being confident and unafraid of events like death, illness, and natural calamities can make you resilient, strong, and fortunate enough to let worries go before you suffer emotional damage.
When we think about restoration, we imagine rebuilding something. Meditation is not simply about making new connections in your brain. It can play a part in reconnecting neurons.
Each neuron communicates with other neurons to function via electrical impulses. Through meditation, you can cause neurons that previously gave up the ghost to fire again. Some people even believe meditating might encourage new brain cells to grow as well as repair neural firing.