A PATH FROM ANCIENT TRADITION TO MODERN HEALING.
It has come a long way but the essence remains the same. Any time spent with an inner focus and an abstract of mind is not an indulgence but a powerful tool – a medication of sort – that restores natural flow of light, abundance and energy within the body.
The beauty of it is that it can be done non-invasively, at a time and spot chosen by you, for any available or desirable duration of time. Alone or in a group. Self-directed or guided. In silence or accompanied by sounds of your choice.
And there are no specific objectives or goals. Just a better, healthier you.
SCIENCE PROVES THE POWER OF MEDITATION
For thousands of years people have practised meditation for physical, spiritual and emotional well being. But there is solid scientific proof as to how meditation actually affects your body.
Well, it all starts in the brain, during meditation brain scans see increased activity in regions directly correlated with decreased . The default mode network is activated when ones mind is at rest and not focussing on the outside world and has been found to improve memory, self awareness and goal setting.
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Meditators have higher levels of Alpha waves which can be shown to reduce feelings of negative mood, tension, sadness and anger. Studies found that after eight weeks of a meditation program, grey matter was more associated with areas associated with learning, memory processing and emotion regulation and yet the amygdala which deals with stress, blood pressure and fear had decreased grey matter.
When we look at the entire body, not only do we see decreased blood pressure, but it can also increase the variability of your heart rate, and whilst this sounds harmful, it actually plays a critical role in transporting oxygen and carbon dioxide throughout your body.
If we go a little deeper, we can even see changes on a cellular level. Your chromosomes have protective protein complexes called Telomeres which help to reduce damage to your DNA and lower cell death. Shortened Telomere lengths have been linked to several diseases such as Cardiovascular disease, Diabetes, Alzhiemer’s and Cancer. Amazingly when cancer survivors completed a meditation program their body showed significant increases in Telomere length.
Read: Meditation Alters Cancer Survivors’ Cells
Of course meditation is not a substitute for other medical advice or a healthy lifestyle. It won’t cure cancer, but just like hitting the gym can increase your overall health, it seems that meditation is like working out your brain with extra health benefits.