Meditation Enables People To Lead A Healthy And Stress-Free Life
Early hunter gather societies engaged in meditation as a way to seek alternate states of consciousness. Over time meditation involved into a more structured practice. As early as 5,000 years ago some of these practices where recorded in Indian scriptures known as “tantras”.
Around 500 BC, Buddhist and Hindu teachings began to spread meditation practices throughout Southeast Asia. Many years later these practices where adopted by the west. In the 1960’s professors and researchers began studying the scientific basis behind meditation. They discovered meditation had astonishing benefits on the human psyche.
In one study, led by Harvard researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), found that meditating for only 8 weeks significantly changed the brain’s grey matter. Grey matter is a major part of the central nervous system in what is associated with processing information, as well as providing nutrients and energy to neurons. In other words, meditation has shown evidence in improving memory, empathy, sense of self, and stress relief.
This particular study used a technique known as mindfulness meditation for 27 minutes a day over a period of 8 weeks. The study showed the brains plasticity increasing with grey matter in the hippocampus, resulting in enhanced self-awareness, compassion, and introspection. In addition, participants with lower stress levels showed decreased grey matter in the amygdala, which helps manage anxiety and stress.
In another recent University of Calgary study, researchers found that mindfulness meditation increases the length of telomeres in breast cancer patients. Telomeres are the stretches of DNA that cap our chromosomes. Their main purpose is to prevent our chromosomes from deteriorating which results in physical aging.
In an analysis of the blood from the previous “world’s oldest woman,” Hendrikje van Andel-Schipper, scientists discovered that at the end of her life the telomeres on van Andel-Schipper’s white blood cells were drastically worn down, such as a burnt out wick on a candle. This led to the remarkable discovery that, what we refer to as “death from natural old age” is actually due to stem-cell exhaustion caused by the shortening of the telomeres. Premature shortening of telomeres is associated with cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and high stress levels.
Science has shown us meditation can enhance your mental powers and lifespan. Here are some of the more popular meditation techniques to help you learn how to meditate deeply.
Mindfulness meditation is an adaptation of Buddhist meditation, where practitioners focus on present thoughts and actions in a non-judgmental way. This involves ignoring past grudges and future concerns and deliberatively paying more attention to what’s going on at the moment. Primordial Sound Meditation is a silent practice that uses a repeating mantra of vibrational sound into the universe which helps you to enter deeper levels of awareness by taking you away from the intellectual side of the brain.
Zen is also referred to as Zazen, which literally means “seated meditation” comes from Buddhism, which teaches insight through observing the breath and the mind, and through interaction with a teacher. Transcendental Meditation was founded by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, and made popular by famous followers like the Beatles. This involves a mantra or series of Sanskrit words to help the practitioner focus during meditation in lieu of just following breath. Kundalini Yoga Meditation contains specific, practical tools that carefully and precisely support the mind, and guide the body through the use of breath, mantra, mudra (hand position), and focus. A guided meditation brings an individual into an alternative state of consciousness either by a person’s voice of a story or hypnotic commands.
All of these methods can be enhanced using powerful Neologicaltech meditation devices. The neo device brings more chi energy into your body helping you relax and enter into deeper states of your mind. So whatever you choose meditation is sure to bring you many spiritual, mental, and health benefits over time.
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