Benefits of Meditation

 

 

    • Benefits have been documented for thousands of years
    • Yoga Sutras, written by Patanjali between 200 BC and 200 AD, stated that “one-ness is the progressive quieting of the fluctuations of your mind”
    • Shifts may not be noticeable at first
    • After a while, daily actions become more conscious
    • Meditators see a broader perspective, more calm, greater clarity
    • Meditators make more spontaneous right choices
    • Better alignment between thoughts, words, and actions
    • Truer connection to Higher Self
    • Earthly body will be more aligned with cosmic body
    • Expanded point of view
    • Open to greater possibilities
    • Lose constricted viewpoint
    • Scientific studies document real brain changes- new neural pathways
    • 2011 University of Massachusetts study found that meditators have different brain structure- 16 subjects meditated for 30 minutes per day. An MRI revealed an increase in the area of the hippocampus, which deals with learning and memory. Conversely, there was a decrease in the area of the amygdala, which deals with fear, stress, and anxiety
    • University of Wisconsin study in 2011 tested meditating monks and non-meditating volunteers on response to pain and threat of pain. When participants were told that pain would be administered in 10 seconds, non-meditators reacted instantly, while meditators only reacted when the pain was actually administered through heat. This shows that non-meditators react to the projection of pain in the future while meditators can stay in the present moment longer.
    • Limited view used to hold that brain structure was set by age 20 and then only deteriorated- it is now proven that positive brain changes can occur throughout life
    • More than 2000 research papers document better sleep, pain relief, stress management, and better cognitive functioning
  • Studies have been published in The New England Journal of Medicine and The Journal of the American Medical Association

 

  • Body chemistry changes with meditation. We are less inclined to perspire, breathing and heart rate slow, growth hormones are elevated, immune system strengthens. These benefits continue after meditation. This causes us to have fewer knee-jerk reactions or incidents of lashing out. We become less impulsive and more intuitive.
  • More conscious choices
  • We start to see the bigger picture of things, rather than strictly how everything benefits us and us only.
  • Releases stored emotional pain. Two programs have been developed to deal with this- the Hoffman Institute’s Quadrinity Process and the Chopra Center’s Free to Love-Free to Heal process
  • Reconnection to the spiritual
  • Greater awareness of one-ness
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