Listen to yourself and move inwards for all the solution and discover the treasure of health & Happiness.
Meditation is the perfect medicine and in the long run better than medication. Meditation beautifully uses the healing power of mind for better health and disease free body. Regular Meditators do not fall prey to lifestyle diseases which lead to their prolonged life span and radiating health. Meditation is the natural path to the health and wellness of human being. Meditation is in fact a way of life and has been in existence form the past thousands of years of civilization. Ancient sages from India had been practicing and knowing the health benefits of meditation from years while sitting in the lonely caves of the mountains and succeeded in attaining health, youth and long years of life during their life spans. Diseased people too can get rid of their life threatening ailments by practicing this ancient magic of mediation regularly along with the pranayama, which is the control of the breath. Let us explore the meditation science and its associated health advantages to the human being through this post.
What is meditation & how should I meditate?
Meditation is the letting go of the thoughts from your ever busy mind. It has been observed by the studies on meditation that 60,000 thoughts occur daily in our mind and most of them are negative and destructive to the body. By observing and focusing on your incoming and outgoing breaths through nostrils you can meditate.
The moment you try to do the Meditation you end up undo it. Beware and don’t try to force your mind to not to think anything as it will generate stress and disappointment only. Instead only observe your thoughts and let them come and fall automatically. This will lead to stress free living of the mind.
How I can achieve better health by doing meditation?
Disease is in fact Dis-ease
All the diseases are psychosomatic in nature i.e. they occur in mind first and then are evident as the symptom in your body later. Thoughts in mind are like clouds in the sky. They keep on coming and going. The problem arises only when we associate ourselves with the thoughts arising in the mind and generate feelings and emotions in our body in the form of reaction. These negative reactions make our body release certain hormonal fluids like adrenaline regularly to counter the reaction. These fluids are detrimental for the health of the body and in the long span the same habit leads to occurrence of diseases like cancer, heart stroke, blood pressure, diabetes etc.
Harvard research-Meditation leads to stress free living
Brain circuitry of right prefrontal cortex is active when one is depressed or upset while the left portion is active when in happiness. It was found through a scientific study at Harvard on brain waves that in meditators there is high activity in the left portion of prefrontal cortex for a long time. This study shows that the brain can rewire itself and alter its set points – simply by the self-healing power of thought.
Stress coupled with bacteria in the body leads to ulcers, heart disease, lowered immunity, diabetes, and asthma. There is evidence that it shrinks neurons on the hippocampus, a part of the brain involved in learning capacity, memory, and positive mood. The self-healing hippocampus has the ability to regenerate, if stress is discontinued. And meditation reduces stress, as shown in Dr. Davidson’s Harvard research.
Stress or depression is induced in our body by genetic and environmental causes. The genetic causes are beyond our control but the environmental cause can be lowered by the help of meditation.
Meditation for health teaches us, thought by thought, to alter our responses to stress, thereby increasing serotonin production, a neurotransmitter that influences mood, sleep, and appetite. Anti-depressants such as Prozac and Paxil, so-called SSRIs (selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors) are drugs that increase serotonin.
Health benefits of meditation
- Lowers cholesterol & blood pressure
- Reduce stress and renews energy levels
- Increase serotonin, responsible for good sleep, sex, ideal weight, calm & relaxed mind etc.
- Controls pain & addictions
- Enhances immune system
- Controlled breathing leads to better air flow
- Meditation increase melatonin, responsible to reverse the aging process
Psychological benefits of meditation
- Attain silence and peace of mind
- Discover your true self
- Increased flow of wisdom and intuition from your true self
- Gain joy and happiness
- Love & compassionate feelings for others
- Live in the present moment and heal yourself instantaneously
- Improved brain function leading to heightened awareness and intelligence
- Discover your purpose of life and your potent skill sets to unleash the passion
- Progress on the spiritual path
- Charming and magnetic personality
Health benefits Meditation are immense and therefore meditation has to be adopted by every individual living on this planet for prolonged and disease free life span. Meditation transforms the personality of the individual and makes him more inwardly inclined and calm. Meditation is the only natural healing practice on this earth which can bring peace among the individuals by inducing relaxation and calmness in their minds and making them healthy and happy.