Meditation Boosts Brain Power
Meditation is a century's old practice of relaxing the mind, improving thought power and exercising both the body and soul.
What exactly is meditation anyway?
According to Rob Nairn (the author of the book What is Meditation?) : "It [Meditation] is a highly alert and skillful state of mind because it requires one to remain psychologically present, and with whatever happens in and around one, without adding to or subtracting from it in any way."
Science and Meditation
So many scientific experiments have been carried out for years to find out the influence meditation has on the human brain.
Meditation – Strengthening Learning Power
It is no surprise why students in difficult fields are asked to meditate every day for an hour to advance their learning power. Often called 'Mental discipline', meditation may take years to master. Gone are the days when you would only hear about priests or pundits being meditators.
According to a study by the U.S Government in 2007, 9.4% of U.S. adults (over 20 million) had practiced meditation within the past 12 months, up from 7.6% (more than 15 million people) in 2002. There are many people who are seeking meditation as a natural exercise to strengthen their mind.
Meditation in Relation to Brain Activation
The most established research on meditation began in the 1960s when over 1000 published research articles stated that meditation has deep relationship with metabolism, blood pressure and brain activation. It has also been used as a thriving therapy for reducing stress and overcoming pain. Meditation gets rid of negative emotions like anger, fear, hatred etc. When a person is free from all these thoughts, his mind gets to think more clearly and focuses itself on one goal. Even doing a 10 min meditation session every day can do wonders for your mind.
Meditation – Therapy for Reducing Depression
Meditation is also very effective for reducing anxiety and depression. Depression, which is bringing so many to asylums, can be solved if meditation is used as a therapy. Researchers at Harvard Medical School wanted to investigate about the brain activity during Meditation. They took MRI scans of volunteers while they were meditating. According to their study, meditation acts on the area of the brain in control of the autonomic nervous system which is in charge of the basic functions of the body like digestion, blood pressure, etc. These body functions are often affected by stress so when a person meditates, he or she may be able to prevent stress related conditions like a heart attack, digestive problems, etc.
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