Meditation is a training program for the brain. Meditation exercises the brain in the same way an aerobics class exercises the body. Meditation is not a religious activity, or even spirituality. Meditation is about training your brain to bring your thoughts and feelings into awareness; meditation tones and strengthens the mind.The meditative state strengthens the mind’s ability to focus and control its thoughts. When the person meditating comes out of the meditative state, the brain’s focus centers are strong and able to concentrate with less work. A regular meditation practice builds the brain’s ability to focus session by session.
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The most famous case of physical exercise helping out the brain is through the release of neurotransmitters called endorphins. Meditation releases the same neurotransmitters. It also enhances DHEA, GABA, serotonin, and melatonin. These substances help us sleep, stabilize our moods, and alleviate depression. And while physical exercise elevates our cortisol levels to unhealthy amounts. Meditation decreases them relieving some risk of bone loss, sugar imbalance, and chronic stress. During a meditative state, we remove our minds from their self-judging states and train them to go easy on us when it comes to criticizing our bodies. A positive body image is a huge gateway to better self esteem. The person meditating eases all thoughts. Perhaps a candle or mantra is used for the one who meditates to center on. Everything else is pushed aside. The brain learns to center its energy on important thoughts the same way the muscular system uses its energy wisely during sport.
Science has proven that meditating actually restructures your brain. Western scientists are using new technology that allows researchers to study how meditation influences the brain and findings suggest that meditation even for few minutes can greatly influence you by remodeling the physical structure of your brain.
Regular meditation can enhance and make new connections between neurons. These tiny changes, in thousands of connections, can lead to visible changes in the structure of the brain. Those structural changes, in turn, create a brain that is better at doing whatever you’ve asked it to do.