Know The Science Behind Deep Meditations
The term meditation is thrown around so often that sometimes, we lose the essence of it. It can be defined as a set of techniques that are intended to encourage an elevated state of awareness and focused attention. It is a habitual process that helps you to train your mind to focus. People use this as a means to increase their awareness.
There are several ways in which one can meditate. As it’s a personal practice there would be more than which is documented. But, there are two main types mainly:
– In concentrative Meditation:
When you focus all of your attention on a specific object while blurring everything else out. The goal is to experience whatever you are focusing on. It can either be a material thing, a specific word or just your breath.
It can target different issues, such as depression. It includes stress reduction and cognitive therapy. It includes focussing on your surroundings, being aware and being involved in the present moment.
It is always interesting to find out how these little practices can affect our brains. It is seen that this helps you to develop other beneficial habits and feelings. There have been many pieces of research that have concluded both the physiological and psychological effects of meditation. It can help you to improve your mood, self-discipline, healthy sleep patterns and even increased pain tolerance.
- Reduces Stress:
Usually, mental and physical stress causes increased levels of the stress hormone cortisol. It produces numerous harmful effects of stress. These effects can disrupt your sleep patterns and can give rise to depression and anxiety. In a study conducted, it was found that meditation can reduce the inflammation response which is caused by stress. The in-concentrative method of meditation can assist your body by making you focus on your breath and ignoring thoughts. Meditation helps your body to relax which helps in decreasing metabolism, it lowers blood pressure and improves heart rate.
- Controls Metabolism:
Many scientific pieces of evidence showcase how meditation works. It is seen that people when they are meditating, their brain scans have shown an increase in activity in areas that control metabolism and heart rate. Other studies have shown that it produces long-lasting changes in your brain activity which is involved with attention, working memory, and conscious perception.
- Immune Booster:
Meditation has also proven to be an immune booster. It helps ward off illness and infections. In a study, it was found that people who had been given flu shots for people who had meditated for eight weeks and to people who didn’t meditate. In the final reports, it can be seen that the group who meditated had higher levels of antibodies produced against the flu virus.
- Women’s Health:
Women who suffer from Premenstrual syndrome or even infertility problems can be improved if the women mediate regularly. When the women who were suffering from PMS started meditating, the symptoms reduced by 58%. Women who went through a 10-week meditation program stopped struggling from infertility and were shown to have less anxiety and depression.
- Improves Attention Spans:
A method of meditation known as Kirtan kriya involves a combination of a mantra or a chant with repetitive motion of fingers that help you to focus on your thoughts. This meditation method helped the participants to perform better in many memory tasks in multiple studies. You can gain improved focus with regular meditation and it can also increase memory and mental clarity.
- Positive Thinking:
The Buddist Meditation practice had a piece of evidence in which it was seen that people who didn’t practice meditation would have trouble in associated in the areas of learning and happiness. Gamma waves were seen in the monks who practiced meditation regularly. These waves involved mental processes including attention, memory, learning, and conscious perception.
Omkar Kulkarni is a self-proclaimed art appreciator, a certified film reviewer and someone’s favorite human being.