Research¹ has consistently shown that Meditation can contribute to an individual’s psychological and physiological well-being. This is accomplished as Meditation brings the brainwave pattern into an alpha state, which is a level of consciousness that promotes the body’s natural healing mechanisms to work more efficiently.
Physiological Benefits of Meditation
- Meditation literally grows your brain both in volume and thickness which increases your memory, attention, self-awareness and self-control.
- Meditation increases blood flow to your brain. The stronger and steadier the flow, the better the brain functions.
- Meditation reduces cortisol production, a stress-induced hormone that suppresses the immune system and can make you feel anxious nervous and unsettled for no real reason.
- Meditation reduces blood pressure and heart rate, which alleviates unnecessary pressure on your heart and arteries.
- Meditation increases neuroplasticity. This is the brain’s ability to organise itself, adapt to demands and enables you to become more efficient in the learning process.
- Meditation increases the production of good neurotransmitters including serotonin and dopamine, both of which play a huge role in controlling our moods. Low levels of serotonin cause depression.
- Meditation triggers the parasympathetic nervous system, which enables us to rest and recover from stress.
- Meditation boosts the immune system. As we reduce our stress, the immune system is boosted and so is our general wellbeing.
- Meditation causes muscle relaxation. Muscle tension is generally caused by stress and when left unchecked can cause all kinds of problems such as vertebrae displacement, spinal issues and lack of mobility in the body.
- Meditation slows the ageing process.
- Meditation significantly increases melatonin and DHEA and decreases cortisol, which has a significant impact on slowing the ageing process down.
Psychological Benefits of Meditation
- Meditation reduces stress related conditions such as anxiety and depression.
- Meditation increases stress resilience. When we are able to switch off the sympathetic nervous system (responsible for the fight or flight response) and trigger the parasympathetic nervous system (responsible for the relaxation response) on a regular basis, we are training our bodies to rapidly recover from the impact of stress.
- Meditation increases positive emotions.
- Meditation increases focus and present moment awareness. When we meditate, we stimulate the pre-frontal cortex. This is the front part of the brain that is responsible for concentration, focus and problem solving.
- Meditation increases emotional stability and intelligence. When we meditate regularly, and reduce our stress levels, our hormones balance out and we feel less reactive, less defensive and effortlessly balanced more of the time.
- Meditation increases your capacity to learn. By stimulating the pre-frontal cortex, we are also awakening the brains learning centre..
- Meditation increases empathy and compassion. Regular meditation rewires the brain and increases our ability to be able to consider the feelings and needs of others.
- Meditation increases your sense of purpose and meaning. Regular meditation gives rise to clarity about what is important in life. Life takes on greater meaning and you feel a deeper sense of purpose and satisfaction.