We have all heard that there are calming benefits to meditation. Did you know that recent studies have found that meditation can play a major role in health and well being? Science is now recognizing the amazing effect this ancient technique has on the human body!
A study co-authored by Christopher Moore and Stephanie Jones, assistant professors of neuroscience at Brown and published in the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience found that: “…those who engage in this mindfulness practice gain enhanced control over their cortical alpha rhythms — the synchronous firing of a population of neurons in the brain at a specific frequency. These rhythms help control how the brain processes sensory information, such as pain, and negative emotional states, like depression. They also help organize the general flow of information in the brain.”
The study also found, “…mindfulness meditation debiases the body map representation so that attention is not captured by chronic pain sensation. … You have equanimity towards it. Effective meditators may modulate their firing of alpha rhythms to allow for the most favorable filtering of sensory information.”
Additionally, information from the Mayo Clinic confirms that:
Meditation and emotional well-being -
When you meditate, you clear away the information overload that builds up every day and contributes to your stress.
The emotional benefits of meditation include:
Meditation and illness -
Meditation also might be useful if you have a medical condition, especially one that may be worsened by stress. While a growing body of scientific research supports the health benefits of meditation, some researchers believe it’s not yet possible to draw conclusions about the possible benefits of meditation.
With that in mind, some research suggests that meditation may help such conditions as:
*** Please note that Meditation isn’t a replacement for traditional medical treatment but it may be a useful addition.
Meditation has been practiced for thousands of years and can be done anywhere and at any time. There is no special equipment needed and no cost to practice it.
There are many forms of meditation including Transcendental meditation, Mantra meditation, Mindfulness meditation, Guided meditation, Qi gong, Tai chi and Yoga. Today we are going to explore the most common practice; Mindfulness Meditation.
Mindfulness meditation involves deep breathing techniques that allow you to be – in the moment, having observance of your thoughts and emotions and letting them pass without judgment.
During initial practice I recommend 5 minutes of meditation per day. Once you feel comfortable with your meditation then you can gradually increase the time you spend meditating.
This meditation technique allows you to enter the alpha state of consciousness. Alpha: 8-13 Hz: Associated with lighter meditative states and super learning. It is a relaxed yet alert state of mind ideal for positive thinking and creative problem solving. It is used to elevate mood, reduce stress, enhance creativity and is believed to bridge the conscious and unconscious mind.
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Meditation is a practice…. A commitment to spend a few minutes every day restoring calm and inner peace. We’d love to hear about your practices so please leave your questions and comments below!