Scientific Benefits of Meditation

Throughout Asia we can see statues of Buddha, Shiva, Bodhisatwas and Rishis Meditating. Though Cultures and Religion vary from buddhism, hindusim, jainism, sikhism and more the basic principles of meditations are the found across all. Most of the Asian School of thoughts always find meditation useful and helpful for overall development of human beings.

Scientific Benefits of Meditation

Now in the age of science and technology through complex neuroimaging and taking complex image of the brain research have been conducted to find out the scientific aspects of meditation. Meditation vary from Vipasana(watching own toughts), pranayama(watching breath), mantra meditation(watching a mantra or word) to tatraka(watching the fire or the sun). All these focus on watching something to raise awareness and concentration.

Through neuroimaging and complex images of the brain the effects of meditation have been established on scientific basis now. Following are the effects of meditation on the human brain

  1. Meditation reduces the size of Amygdala. When fear, stress and anxiety arises the Amygdala increases in size. But through meditation it shrinks or opposite of fear happens. Expert meditators have shrinked Amygdala which makes them free from fear, stress and anxiety.
  2. Meditation increases the cortical thickness of the hippocampus and increases the grey matter in the brain. This part of the brain is related to empathy, emotions, self awareness. So all these functions are enhanced.
  3. Meditation increases the density of the posterior cingulate which is related to wandering thoughts and self-relevance. It helps the brain to be less judgmental and control wandering thoughts.
  4. Meditation can also help to strengthen the spinal cord, help against addiction, help against social anxiety.

Now, through modern technology the effects of meditation are proven. We sleep 8 hours, work 8 hours. what about the remaining 8 hours? Why not take 2 hours out of it and meditate to enhance the capacity of the human brain.

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