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MEDITATION MEDICINE

The Benefits of Daily Practice

 

 

 

 

 

     

 
 

THIS IS YOUR BRAIN ON MEDITATION

 
 
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There are so many neurological benefits from regular meditation. Reduced stress, anxiety, depression, attention disorders, and anti-aging are a few of them.

The restful state meditation brings is significantly deeper than sleep (up to 5X!). This deep rest helps reset brain waves so you can think clearly and make good decisions.

The most obvious effect of meditation is when your brain comes out of the 'Fight or Flight' stress response and into the 'Rest & Digest' state. In fancy neuroscience language, this is when the autonomic nervous system transitions from the sympathetic state to the parasympathetic state.

When you’re in the 'Fight or Flight' stress state, the breath shortens, heart rate speeds up, and blood pressure increases. Beta brain waves dominate causing brain fog, scattered thinking, and difficulty with memory recall.

During meditation, you'll notice your breathing relax, heart rate slow down, and high blood pressure drop as the brain begins to 'Rest & Digest.' Alpha brain waves activate, which are associated with deep relaxation and creativity. Your memory, cognition, and mental focus also increase.

Post-meditation, your brain is elevated in a blissful state of 'Stay & Play.' Peak performance gamma brain waves arise, making you focused, connected, grateful, and in a productive flow.

 
Image © by Hunter Cressman