How Meditation Affects Your Physical Body and Brain

Leaving the spiritual aspect aside, meditation may be a really good way to keep your body and brain healthy

Viktor Marchev
ILLUMINATION

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David told me that he initially started meditating in order to calm down his nerves and to better deal with his anxiety and addiction. He had been working two jobs, for 12 hours each day, whilst trying to navigate a life torn between his family struggles and an anxiety-driven mind. Unfortunately, all this had pushed him to the edge and he eventually gave in to the pressure — cocaine and cannabis had become his best friends when dealing with stress…and life in general. After a lengthy period of self-destruction, David explained, he stumbled upon аn old family friend who had become a mindfulness teacher. This was when his recovery journey began.

David had been meditating for 3 years when I first spoke to him. I was really interested in knowing how he managed to keep his habit for such a long period and also whether the practice had any actual effect on his body and mind. “It really helped me in recognizing my emotions more clearly and also be more in touch with my body in the present moment,” he said. He also learned to be more grateful for what he had and be more kind to himself and the others around him. “I am now able to recognize the thoughts going…

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Viktor Marchev
ILLUMINATION

I read my own stories out loud. Interested in everything related to psychedelics, mental health, and spirituality. Writer for ILLUMINATION.