What is Meditation? Part 4

As per our last post, click here, meditation is good for the spirit, but not only for the spirit its beneficial for the mind & body.

In blog on science, click here, we know that meditation has a relationship with brainwaves and neurons generate electrical pulses that can be measured using EEG, Electroencephalogram. They changed when we meditate. So what’s next? Or as Miles Davis would say, “So What.”

There is an interesting body of research that has accumulated in the last decade or so, that shows the wonderful benefits of meditation on human health. When you increase your time in the meditative state, giving your brain more time where it can generate meditative brainwaves, your health (body, mind and spirit) benefits.

Meditation is Good!

benefitsPeople who meditate will tell you it’s beneficial, but now we have scientific proof by neurologists and scientists around the world.

The most obvious benefit of meditation is stress relief. Research proves meditation lessens stress by inducing the relaxation response.We also know that stress is deleterious to our health and linked to many diseases. This means that when you evoke the relaxation response, through meditation, you lessen stress and ailments!

Mindfulness and meditation engage your parasympathetic nervous system, which regulates the body’s unconscious actions. The parasympathetic system is responsible for rest activities, as well as others such as digestion, sexual arousal, and related “rest” states activities. Its action complement the sympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for activities associated with the fight-or-flight response; your “stress” survival activities.

It explains why meditation is great for anxiety & stress release; while the sympathetic system, “fight or flight,” puts you into stress; the parasympathetic system does the opposite action, relaxes you.

Meditation also improves heart health, HRV (heart rate variability) and has many psychological benefits, but that’s for future blogs on Science. Next we will talk about spirit!