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Meditation benefits

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  • Reduces the ailments associated with stress.
  • Reduces heart rate, respiratory rate, and stress response; oxygen used more efficiently, and sweat less. The adrenal glands produce less cortisol. (Hormone involved in glucose metabolism, blood pressure, Insulin release, inflammatory response.)
  • Controls blood pressure
  • Immune function improves.
  • Reduces insomnia
  • Reduces PMS
  • Reduces chronic pain
  • Reduces anxiety
  • The mind clears and creativity increases
  • Brain
  • Increases the production of gamma waves associate with higher mental processes--- opening higher consciousness
  • Neuroscientists have found that meditators shift their brain activity to different areas of the cortex—brain waves in the stress-prone right frontal cortex move to the calmer left frontal cortex. They were calmer and happier than before.
  • Recent research indicates that meditating brings dramatic effects in as little as a 10-minute session. Subjects who meditated for a short time showed increased alpha waves (relaxed brain waves) and decreased anxiety and depression.
  • Researchers at Harvard Medical School used MRI technology to monitor brain activity while they meditated. They found that it activates the sections of the brain in charge of the autonomic nervous system, which governs the functions in our bodies we can’t control, such as digestion and blood pressure. These are often compromised by stress. Modulating these functions help to ward off stress related conditions such as heart disease, digestive problems and infertility.
  • A study led by Harvard University and Massachusetts General Hospital in 2011 found that as little as eight weeks of meditation not only helped people feel less anxiety and greater feelings of calm; it also produced growth in the areas of the brain associated with memory, empathy, sense of self, and stress regulation.
  • The deep state of rest produced by meditation triggers the brain to release neurotransmitters, including dopamine, serotonin, oxytocin, and endorphins. Each of these brain chemicals has been linked to different aspects of happiness: -Dopamine plays a key role in the brain’s ability to experience pleasure, feel rewarded, and maintain focus. -Serotonin has a calming effect, eases tension and helps us feel less stressed and more focused.  Low levels have been linked to migraines, anxiety, bipolar disorder, apathy, feelings of worthlessness, fatigue, and insomnia. -Oxytocin whose levels rise during sexual arousal and breastfeeding, is a pleasure hormone. It creates feelings of calm, contentment, and security, while reducing fear and anxiety.