Meditation and Your Brain: What Happens When You Meditate

December 28th, 2016 meditationhealing

If you’re a regular meditator, you know that you can’t get through your week – or even your day – without a few peaceful, quiet minutes of silent and relaxing meditation. Some people get more rest and relaxation out of a few minutes of meditation than they might experience after a full night’s sleep. Why do you think that is?

Meditation and Your BrainMeditation is similar to sleeping in that it physically affects your body. People who meditate regularly say that they feel less stressed and tense, they are more aware of their surroundings, and they are able to react to things that happen in their life deliberately and calmly. All of these effects seem to be quantifiable changes in how our brains work, so what exactly happens in our brains when we meditate?

Meditation usually involves focusing in on one thing, like your breathing, and putting all other thoughts out of your mind. According to Raw Story, when this happens, we can become more familiar with how our minds work, and ultimately learn to regulate how we experience things in our life. The act of focusing the mind on one simple thing, like breath, has great power. Medical Daily reports that recent findings have shown that the practice of meditation shrunk practitioners’ amygdalas, a part of the brain that dictates the “fight or flight” response.

LifeHacker.com says that after a meditation session, our brains process information less actively than they usually do. That means that the brain is working less fervently to process sensory information, reason and attention.

If we take the confusing scientific words out of the equation, it seems to be that when we meditate, our brains don’t have to work as hard, and we end up feeling calmer, more centered and less stressed out. Though the physical effects of this practice are still being studied, it’s clear that the simple act itself can cause profound changes for the better in the very matter of our brains.

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