Kara Goss • September 6, 2018
If you’re reading this article, you probably know that meditation is good for you. Maybe you have even tried it once or twice. While getting into a good meditation practice can be hard, the benefits it can add to your mind, body, and soul can be life changing. For thousands of years, people across many religions and backgrounds have looked to meditation to enhance their health and vitality. Here are four benefits of meditation that will make you want to start right now!
You’ll Get a Bigger Brain
Okay, so your head may not grow three sizes signifying your super genius status after a few meditation sessions, but it is scientifically proven that meditation increases grey matter concentration in the brain! In a study done by Harvard neuroscientists, 16 people took an eight-week meditation course. Afterwards, they exhibited increased grey matter concentration in areas of the brain associated with memory, emotions, and awareness.
Perform Like a Pro
A study from the University of California conducted by Katherine MacLean suggests that meditation can improve your focus and increase your ability to perform under stress. No matter what you are trying to achieve, there are just so many distractions that we face every day. From social media, to racing thoughts, to background distractions, it can be hard to stay focused on the task at hand. Meditation has been proven to increase our ability to handle distractions or block them out, giving those who practice it an advantage in their professional lives.
Your All-Natural Pain Killer: And Best of All, It’s Free
Hopefully you have never experienced pain bad enough to need morphine. However, did you know that meditation works just as well as medication when it comes to relieving pain? In a study done by Wake Forest Baptist Medical Centre, 15 healthy participants were exposed to pain inflicted by heat and monitored on an MRI. Those same participants then were taught meditation and breathing techniques in four twenty-minute segments. Afterwards, the pain was inflicted again, and the results of the MRI were compared. Participants showed a dramatic reduction in the pain experience based on the brain images.
A Clean Bill of Health
Heart disease is the most common killer in the United States. Studies have shown that meditation can significantly reduce the risk of stroke, myocardial infarction, heart attack, and death. Why? Meditation not only reduced blood pressure, but it cuts down the root cause of many heart-related issues: stress. Stress in your life is unavoidable sometimes, but mediation is a great coping mechanism that can keep you balanced and disease-free.
As you can see, meditation is more than just a spiritual practice, relaxation technique, or transcendental practice. It can provide benefits beyond the stars that will improve your mental, physical, and professional help as well assisting your connection with Source. Get started on a meditation practice today and watch your stress decrease and your life be transformed.