The benefits of meditation have really blown me away. I was actually amazed when I knew how it works and what it can do to our mind might surprise you.
Meditation is the act of giving your focus to only one thing or as a way of becoming peaceful and relaxed. Mindful meditation and open-monitoring meditation are the two ways of doing it. The first one, mindful meditation is done by focusing on a specific object. On the other hand one, open-monitoring meditation is simply paying attention to everything around you without any reaction.
Anxiety is the extreme sadness. Most of us experience it. It comes when our brain and heart can’t take things anymore. A lot of people are suffering from this and the absence of proper attention to this can come up with negative results.
What Happens when we meditate?
Even for just seconds, when we focus on a certain object we automatically ignored what’s happening around us. And that’s exactly happening when we meditate.
The frontal lobe is the responsible for reasoning, planning, emotions and self-conscious awareness. The parietal lobe is part of the brain processes sensory information about the surrounding world, orienting you in time and space. Thalamus is the gatekeeper for the senses; this organ focuses your attention by funneling some sensory data deeper into the brain and stopping other signals in their tracks. Reticular formation this structure receives incoming stimuli and puts the brain on alert, ready to respond.
During meditation, all of these parts of our brain gets off or slows down.
Meditation Lessens Anxiety
The more we do meditation, the less we will experience anxiety.
Interesting, right? Meditation causes us to lose connections of specific neural pathways. Yes, it sounds bad but you will actually like the effects.
There is this section in our brain that sometimes called the ‘Me Center’ or Media Prefrontal Cortex. It processes all the information relating to ourselves. The neural pathways from the bodily sensation and fear centres of the brain are generally strong. When you are in a creepy or disappointing situation, it prompts a strong reaction in the ‘Me Center’, which makes you feel so scared and lonely.
Every time we meditate, this neural link weakens. As a result, we will not react as normally we do. While we weaken this connection, we at the same time strengthen the connection between the part of our brains knowing for reasoning and fear centres. When we experience bad situation we can look it more rationally.
Lessening anxiety is just one. Meditation has more benefits. Though I found it weird at first, I actually recommend it to my friends. It is not just about having relaxation. It is reconnection. We should delete, reformat or reprogram our brain to regain its strength. Make it work. Make the work worth.