The ‘scientific’ power of meditation
For thousands of years people had practiced meditation for spiritual, emotional and physical well-being, but from scientific perspective how exactly meditating effect your body?
Does it really do anything? It all starts in the brain.
During meditation, the brain can see increased activity in regions directly correlated with decreased anxiety and depression along with increased pain tolerance.
The default mode network in particular activated when one’s mind is at rest and not focusing on the outside world, and is found to improve memory, self-awareness, and goal setting.
Want to be more caring with your friends and family? When scientist compared the brain of buddhist monks to new meditators they found the region of brain associated with empathy to be much more pronounced in the Monks.
It also latterly changes your brain waves, and we can measure these frequencies.
Meditator have higher level of Alpha waves which have been shown to reduce the feeling of negative mood, tensions, sadness and anger. If that is not enough it also physically changes our brain shape and size.
Studies found that after eight weeks of meditation program it can improve learning, memory and emotions process and decrease stress, Blood pressure and fear.
When we look at the entire body not only we see decreased blood pressure, but it can also increase the variability of you heart rate, and this may sound harmful it actually play a critical role in properly transporting oxygen and carbon dioxide throughout your body.
Think you are getting sick?
In a study where both meditators and non-meditators were given the flu virus, meditators were able to produce a greater number of anti-bodies and had an increased immune function. We go little deeper we can even see changes on the cellular level.
Your chromosomes have protective protein complexes called Telomere which help to produce damage to your DNA. Telomere have several diseases such as Cardiovascular, Diabetes and Cancer. Amazingly when cancer survivors completed their meditation program their body showed significant increase in Telomere length.
It’s believed that physiological intervention particularly decreasing stress has a direct effect on Telomere.
Which have been shown contract shortening by adding DNA to the shrinking Telomere.
So, off course meditation is not a substitute for other medical advice or other healthy life style.