Meditating is more restful than sleeping. A person in a state of meditation consumes six times less oxygen than when sleeping. But the effects on the brain go further: people who meditate every day for more than ten years have a decrease in the production of adrenaline and cortisol, hormones associated with disorders such as anxiety, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and stress. And they experience an increase in the production of endorphins, linked to the sensation of happiness. The change in hormone production was observed by researchers at the Davis Center for Mind and Brain at the University of California. They analyzed the level of adrenaline, cortisol and endorphins before and after a group of volunteers meditate. And have proven that the deeper the state of relaxation, the lower the production of stress hormones. This positive effect does not last only while the person is meditating. A study conducted by Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in North Carolina put 15 volunteers to learn how to meditate in four 20-minute classes each. Brain activity was examined before and after the sessions. In all those surveyed, a reduction in the activity of the amygdala, a region of the brain responsible for regulating the emotions, was observed. And anxiety levels fell by 39%. For those who are already stressed, meditation works like a medicine.
Meditation is not just a technique: there are several, differing in duration and method (in silence, intoning mantras, etc.). These variations, however, do not influence the final outcome, since the effect produced in the brain is similar. In practice, it increases the activity of the anterior cingulate cortex (area attached to attention and concentration), the prefrontal cortex (connected to motor coordination) and the hippocampus (which stores memory). It also stimulates the amygdala, which regulates the emotions and, when triggered, accelerates the functioning of the hypothalamus, responsible for the sensation of relaxation.
It is not a matter of considering meditation as a universal panacea, studies also show that it has very specific applications. But, unlike other alternative therapies that lack scientific proof, meditation gains more and more support from research conducted by large institutions.
Other benefits have been seen in people with heart problems, in treating insomnia and mental disorders, in relieving pain, in strengthening the immune system, in improving concentration … There are countless benefits of meditation!
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