The Power of Meditation
Meditation is the act of focusing inward, upon one’s own mind, and gaining a deeper understanding of your consciousness. In today’s hurried world, meditation is gaining popularity as a means to deviate from distractions and to center one’s mind on a singular point of deliberation. Regular observance of meditation has proven to have physical, emotional, and mental benefits to people. The recognized advantages of this practice has led it to become an alternative to traditional medicine.
Meditation has been scientifically verified to increase happiness. It has been observed that the precuneus, the part of the brain responsible for joy and contentment, grew in size in those who practiced frequent meditation. By calming one’s mind and preventing it from multitasking, we are creating a more content state of consciousness for ourselves. Furthermore, meditation has been shown to activate our pre-frontal cortex, a division of the brain that controls positive feelings.
The modern world is fast-paced and as a result we are often switching our attention from one task to another. Unfortunately, this short attention span impedes upon other areas of our lives, and poor concentration is becoming more evident in people. The act of meditating allows individuals to stabilize their thoughts and to prevent distracting and intruding thoughts from entering one’s thought process.
Meditation has been established as a powerful tool against depression. Studies have shown that meditating works equally as well as typical anti-depressants and has the added advantage of not having the unpleasant side-effects usually associated with depression medication. By adopting meditative techniques, one can learn to ward off the perpetuating negative thoughts — a common symptom of depression — and focus instead on the here and now.
Meditation has long been associated with being able to lower high blood pressure, improve cardiovascular function, decreases metabolism, and even manage pain. Similarly, it also boosts our immune systems and helps prevent illness. Women who experienced infertility or breastfeeding problems found a high rate of success after employing meditative techniques. Research has also shown that meditation significantly reduces the amount of grey matter that we lose as we age.
The effect of meditation on stress has been well documented and it has become an accepted way of reducing lifestyle-related anxieties. However, it is less known that meditation can change the way we react to stressful events, thus, reducing the likelihood of tensions occurring in the first place. The calmative method highlighted in meditation allows people to have better control over their emotions in uncomfortable situations and to relax and think through the circumstances they find themselves in.
Meditation has also been found to help people to fall asleep as well as continue to stay asleep, ensuring a good night’s rest. By reducing anxiety, having positive effects on health, and teaching people to monitor their thought process, meditation allows for fitful sleep and has been used with success to combat insomnia.
While this is a tough habit to cultivate, a little mental discipline can make meditation a part of your daily routine that you cannot miss. Get more expert advice on Alternacare with the best healers. For booking an appointment go to Alternacare
Originally published at blog.alterna.care on January 26, 2016.