Meditation is one of the most accessible tools you can use to improve the quality of your life. When you begin a regular mediation practice you might notice that you perform better at work, have more energy and focus, feel calmer, little things don’t bother you so much, relationships improve, and you feel more joy. At it’s simplest, sitting down to meditate is a workout for your brain.
Here’s just a few of the benefits of regular meditation…
Reduced stress, anxiety, and depression
Increased resiliency and self-acceptance
Improved attention and focus
Increased emotional regulation
Greater self-awareness and compassion
Reduced blood pressure
Better quality of sleep and ability to fall asleep
A greater feeling of calm and relaxation
Meditation will literally change your brain
Clinical studies have found increased functioning and/or size, in four areas of the brains of regular meditators:
Left Hippocampus: supports learning, memory and decision making, it’s also associated with empathy and self-awareness.
Posterior Cingulate: helps with focus and objectivity when processing information.
Pons: involved in many essential brain functions including sleep, basic physical functioning, processing sensory input, and facial expression.
Temporo Parietal Junction: associated with perspective and compassion,
And one area of the brain, the Amygdala, has been found to shrink over time. This is the area of your brain that produces feelings of stress, anxiety and fear. The smaller the amygdala, the less likely it is to dictate our emotional responses such as “fight or flight”.