MRI’s show change in grey matter density with as little as 8 weeks of practice. EEG’s track brain activity during meditation showing what areas are enliven by meditation and which are calmed. Studies are reproduced with similar results all over the world. Double blind research studies as well as comparative effectiveness and epidemiological studies agree that mediation offers profound benefits for the body and mind. While science is able to show benefits and some explanations, the spiritual connections that can be made during meditation are still left as individual to the meditator and not included as components of modern research. I’m choosing to use easy access resources instead of scientific journals to ease you all into the science. If you want the hard stuff of the NCBI, let me know!
Meditation can change your brain.
- Meditation improves processing of thoughts, new information and sensory input.
- Meditation increases your capacity for compassion & empathy
- Meditation reduces stress & fear
- Meditation improves sense of self
Meditation changes your body.
- Reduces Chronic Pain
- Improves many digestive challenges like IBS.
- Improves Immune Function
- Increases Heart Rate Variability
There is no one correct way to meditate, rather many different techniques with various results.
- Using breath connections
- Body Scans
- Spiritual Connections
- Counting and number work
This list could go on forever. How can you choose the best style of meditation for your needs? It often takes a teacher and sometimes a group to begin your meditation practice. Take classes with different teachers and learn many techniques, paying attention to your responses. Be open to what is working, and if it is not, return your mind to a technique of meditation that has offered you a sense of calm and focus in the past.
Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley
Meditation is not as simple as sitting still and quiet however that is a fantastic start. We at JOURNEYoga believe it is a powerful tool of transformation and is a possibility for everyone. Start or continue your JOURNEY to better health, less stress and and more meaningful connections!
Maybe sign up for a class at JOURNEYoga instead.