Can meditation and its benefits be explained through science?

A number of scientific studies have documented particular ways that meditation can assist in making you healthy, increase mental focus and increase more power over your emotions. Scientists say it’s an extremely new field of study but their reports to date give compelling verification to a number of people who meditate.

Meditation and happiness

When emotions cause chaos, it assists to get it out, enraging to someone with whom you can share your feelings. Talking or writing about your feelings forces you to call them something. One method taught in mindfulness meditation is naming your emotions. It’s part of noticing and shedding from those emotions vs. letting them take control of your bliss.

David Creswell, Ph.D., a meditation researcher at the university said that some studies showed that simply labeling emotion promotes detachment. With the help of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) in order to record brain movement and identify where in the brain it happens, the team found that conveying names to negative emotions lowers the intensity of activity in the amygdale. When you observe a car crash, quarrel with your spouse, it’s your amygdala’s task to set off a flow of stress-related responses.

Joyce Bonnie, one of the meditation practitioner said that the findings don’t surprise her at all however having that emotion-diffusing ability is something else and using the same in real practice is different.

Meditating helps in slowing down breathing rate, blood pressure and heart rate, and there’s some proof that meditation may help to treat treatment  anxiety, depression, high blood pressure and a whole lot of other troubles.

Meditation and intelligence

The buzzing about meditation’s aptitude to turn out shiny, happy people makes you speculate as to what exactly goes in the mind of those who meditate.

A n 2005 study by Sara Lazar, Ph.D., a teacher in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, expected to discover which parts of the brain become active when someone does meditation. The team studied 20 people who meditated on a regular basis and 20 non-meditators.

The outcomes were amazing: Brain regions connected with attention, sensory awareness and emotional processing — the cortex — were thicker in meditators. In actual fact, meditators’ brains grew thicker in direct association with how much they meditated.

The conclusion propose that meditation can alter the brain’s structure — maybe since certain brain parts are used more regularly in the process of meditation, and thus grow.

Lazar said it is a tremendously huge leap to declare that meditators’ brains function in a better manner. She further said that her team doesn’t exactly know as to why such things happened with meditators. A deeper and longer research is indeed required, concluded  Lazar.

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