Meditation – powerful enough to change your brain

Centering

Meditation is more powerful than we originally thought.

Some ‘doubting Thomas’ types will say that there is no proof that Meditation works.

Do you sometimes feel you are not good enough, do not have enough, do not earn enough. enough?   You ware not alone in that, we are brought up to compete, to do better, be smarter and yet, we loose the Truth of who we are in the mad scramble to achieve more .

By adding stillness into our day we can change our heart rate, lower our blood pressure.Well don’t take my word for it see the scientific evidence below.

Alena Hall explains in her article published in Huffingtonpost.com

A recent study from Harvard University and the University of Sienna found that the powers of meditation move beyond the cultivation of self-awareness, improvement of concentration and protection of the heart and immune system — it can actually alter the physiology of the human brain. Consistent practice can help alleviate symptoms of anxiety and depression in people who often need it most.

In the study, published in the journal PLOS ONE, the scientists selected 24 subjects who had never meditated before and guided them through an 8-week meditation course. Each participant completed a two-and-a-half hour session each week, where they learned about various components and styles of a meditation practice. Outside of the weekly session, they each meditated for 45 minutes daily.

Data gathered from the MRIs conducted before and after the meditation program, along with psychological evaluations,revealed that the subjects experienced a thickening in the part of the brain responsible for emotions and perception. Such changes strengthen the body’s physiological resilience against worry, anxiety and depression.

Alena says”For the increasing number of us struggling with the overwhelming demands of our lives, reserving a little time each day to tune into ourselves might not be such a bad idea. It takes a little prioritizing in an already-busy schedule, but the proven benefits can be well worth the effort.”

How to introduce space into your day.

Start simply; Maybe you can glimpse a green tree or greenery from your office,gaze at the colour green to rest your eyes, rest your mind.

The sky is a healing field, stars at night. Firstly get comfortable with space and silence. Just glimpses and then find the teacher you can relate to  and jump in. Remember  Meditation is powerful enough to change your brain and improve your life.

“Subjects experienced a thickening in the part of the brain responsible for emotions and perception. Such changes strengthen the body’s physiological resilience against worry, anxiety and depression.”

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About lorraine

After a nasty fall from my bicycle, coming home from high school, I began suffering from migraines. After a term of Chiropractic adjustments, which helped but did not entirely stop the migraine headaches, my parents in desperation sent me to yoga classes, The only available evening class in our area was filled with pregnant women. I felt out of place as a shy teenager, but persevered. adjustment,breathing, meditation and yoga proved the only therapy that bought relief from the headaches. Feeling well I got on with life, married moved from my home town and forgot the daily yoga practices and there benefits. Coming back to Yoga and meditation helped me manage during the time of my father's Cancer. and death. Later when my Husband became ill the natural decision was to qualify as a Yoga, meditation teacher to further assist others through the difficult times of illness and recovery or death. I have now been benefiting from the science and art of Yoga, Meditation for well over twenty five years.
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