When you have a physical ailment to be addressed, you will take medicine or seek other types of medical help. What will you do when you have a mental problem like stress or anxiety to confront with? You cannot cure your mental problems with medicine alone and that is exactly where the importance of a comprehensive and scientific method of approach comes in. If you seek peace of mind, calmness, joy, greater energy and fulfillment in life, tablets or pills will not provide you all these benefits. Meditation is the best option available to enjoy all these benefits and it can be described as a medicine for the mind. The most important thing is that you should make meditation a daily practice and you will have to adopt a systematic method of approach as well.
How Does Meditation Control Your Mind?
There is no doubt our minds are notorious at wandering and switching from one thought to another. Focused attention has become an exceedingly difficult task in these days. Various research studies by neuroscientists have shown that meditation reinforces the connections between brain cells and will result in the strengthening of the brain. People, who meditate, show higher levels of gyrification (The process of folding of the cerebral cortex as a result of growth) and it will help the brain to process information at a faster rate. As a resulting factor, your brain will become better at improving attention, forming memories, and making decisions. Recent studies have shown that long-term meditation will improve the gray matter density in the brain stem, and it will make some structural differences to cause improved emotional, immune, and cognitive responses. Meditation also has a positive effect on breathing and heart rate as well.
So, the mental benefits associated with meditation cannot be termed as unscientific and the expression of brain metabolites (linked to depression and anxiety) of people, who meditate, is completely different in comparison with other people. Latest findings also convey the fact that meditation can always be associated with dramatic changes in electrical brain activity, especially improved Theta and Alpha EEG activity and these two aspects can always be linked to wakeful and relaxed attention as well.
What benefits does practicing meditation offer to your mind?
The most important benefit is improved attention, and stress reduction will also become a reality. It will improve your working memory and stressful multitasking activities will become less complicated as well. Your idea generation capacity will reach a new level altogether and meditation also plays an important role in increasing the levels of empathy. Other major benefits of meditation include decreased anxiety, emotional stability, improved creativity, clarity of thought, fully developed intuition, greater focus, perfect balance of sharp mind and expanded consciousness, reduced tension, optimistic attitude towards life and improved peace of mind.
All these benefits that meditation offers to your mind are scientifically proven and your productivity will be improved manifold without a shadow of doubt. What do all these facts indicate? These facts clearly indicate that when you practice meditation with utmost discipline and dedication, quality of life will get improved in a significant manner.
Are you ready to start your meditation practice and gain all the benefits it offers. Join my self-guided meditation challenge on the Mindfulness Living app. Download the app and join the meditation challenge.
To learn more about the physical and psychological advantages of meditation, check out this video I recently watched on YouTube. I found it very insightful in understanding the benefits of meditation.