In recent years meditation has become a widely accepted and practiced wellness technique. Evolving through eastern philosophy and spirituality, meditation has now reached a point where its health benefits are being realised by modern science.
Physically meditation reconfigures the way people's brains function, interrupting old thought patterns, introducing a mindful approach to thinking and acting.
Through repeated practice new positive beliefs begin to replace past conditioning, this occurs due to new neural pathways forming and old one's being neglected over time.
Health professionals now recommend mindfulness meditation to those suffering from depression, anxiety and a variety of other stress-based illnesses.
In today's post, I want to explore how meditation impacts the way our mind functions, and why it's now a solution recommended by healthcare services.
Strengthened Immune System
When we feel low and depressed, our immune system lets its guard down. On the contrary, when we feel calm, peaceful, and relaxed our immune system remains strong.
Why is this?
Our brain activity can increase our sensitivity to pain, but the “increase” can be brought about through depression and low energy. For example, when the brain produces low amounts of serotonin our pain threshold is weakened, and we become more sensitive to it. Low serotonin production can also have a negative impact on sex drive and sleep.
Depression and negative thinking are though to lead to low production of serotonin, directly linking your level of wellness to your health.
However, meditation addresses depression by inducing feelings of peace, contentment, and stress relief. When practiced regularly, meditation can increase levels of serotonin produced by the brain, decreasing our sensitivity to pain.
It all boils down to our body's chemistry. We can alter the way our brain produces chemicals through controlling our emotions, which is something that meditation deals with directly.
By practicing meditation on a daily basis, we can gain control over our thoughts, actions, emotions, and responses to situations.
Single events can be taken in different ways by one individual depending on their mood at the time. For example, if you're in a good mood and someone asks you to review a letter they've written, you may be happy to do so.
However, if you're in a bad mood, you may refuse, cause conflict, and make life harder for yourself. Depending on your mindset, events can seem good or bad, but the deciding factor is you.
This leads us to the conclusion that it isn't what goes on outside of us that controls or dictates our emotional fate, it's what goes on inside. Your perspective and reactions to external events are what create your life situation.
Therefore, in order to feel better about life, we must learn to feel good inside. Meditation is an excellent tool for feeling grounded and content within.
Meditation is about self-care and connection. It isn't a selfish act, in fact it's the opposite, meditation helps us to take better care of ourselves emotionally, which is then reflected and rippled out into other people's lives.
We are the foundations of our happiness, and meditating opens the window into our emotional wellness. Our creative power and inner space are deepened through regular meditation. Our brain literally changes its connections over time, since we think new thoughts frequently, and soon let go of past conditioning.
Improved Focus and Concentration
Meditation improves our focus levels, concentration and memory abilities. It does this by stimulating the hippocampi, the parts of the brain responsible for translating working and short-term memory to long-term memories.
When we improve our memory abilities, we feel more able in life, which reduces feelings of depression and anxiety dramatically.
Also, the act of meditating requires patience, which requires focus and concentration. Think of meditation as a skill that can be enhanced and developed over time.
When we first attempt to meditate, our minds run rampant with thoughts that could distract us if we let them. Over time, we learn to let those thoughts come and go freely while relaxing from a peaceful perspective within ourselves.
Meditation teaches us that we don't need to engage with every conscious thought that we have, and that we can let them pass without entertaining them.
Wrapping things up…
Overall, we can see why health professionals are recommending meditation due to the many health benefits it provides. We can reduce our levels of anxiety, depression, and general negativity in life by meditating regularly.
We can also improve our levels of focus, clarity, concentration, and memory through meditation, as it stimulates our brains to act in accordance with our will.
To gain the most traction from meditation, try practicing it on a daily basis, as your brain needs time to rewire its neural connections.
Meditation is the act of weeding the mind so that we can improve the perspective through which we see life and ourselves.
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