While reading Yoga Journal magazine, I came across this amazing article and I want to share it with you.
Thousands of years ago, what Patanjali & the Buddha both taught is now being supported by Western scientists. Through new technology, we are learning how the effects of meditation (even in small doses) on the brain can be life changing.
A couple interesting points and quotes:
“Today we know that everything we do, and every experience we have, actually changes the brain.” – Eileen Luders (UCLA Dept of Neurology)
-In a study done by Luders; comparing the brains of 22 meditators and 22 age-matched non-meditators, she found that the meditators had more gray matter in regions of the brain that are important for attention, emotion regulation, and mental flexibility. (Increased gray matter typically makes an area of the brain more efficient or powerful at processing information.)
-Meditation seems to be a simple matter of training. Regular use will (train) strengthen this ‘muscle’ and the connections between neurons. Tiny changes can lead to visible changes in the structure of the brain.
-Meditation can help with anxiety. Research shows meditation can help ‘rewire’ your brain ~ dissolving negative thoughts and disturbances of the mind such as: worry, fear, self doubt, stress, and even panic. In Mantra Meditation, you replace negative thoughts with positive mantra’s and in Mindfulness Meditation, you focus on your breath and the present moment. When we meditate, we take the focus off of our daily: to-do lists, stresses and obstacles. In turn, we breathe which brings more oxygen into the body~ calming and regulating the nervous system. We give our brain a little vacation! Whatever meditation style you choose, surely you will benefit in mind and body.