What is meditation? Most assume that it's just yoga...but that's only one option. Meditation can be as simple as sitting in a chair and practicing mindfulness in order to reach your true potential. For awhile, most people thought that our brains were fixed, and however you thought could never be altered...we now know that this is not true. Our brains have the power to always improve and just like playing a sport, or instrument, it's something we have to dedicate care and attention to in order for the positive changes to occur. So...how does meditation change your brain?
1) ENHANCES BRAIN CONNECTIVITY
The connections between different areas of the brain strengthen, in turn slowing down age-related diseases.
2) PRE-FRONTAL CORTEX THICKENS
The pre-frontal cortex is associated with concentration and decision-making, when it thickens these higher functions improve.
3) AMYGDALA SIZE DECREASES
The amygdala is responsible for stress and anxiety levels, so once that decreases so does your stress and anxiety.
4) ANTERIOR CINGULATE CORTEX (ACC) ACTIVITY INCREASES
The anterior cingulate cortex is associated with self-regulation, thinking, and emotions; when activity here increases anxiety lessens.
5) GRAY MATTER IN THE HIPPOCAMPUS INCREASES
The hippocampus is associated with learning, memory, and emotional control; meditation makes the effects on these higher functions very positive.
Do you meditate usually?
If so, do you feel a significant difference afterwards?
If you don't, will you consider it after reading this post?