Meditation benefits

In the midst of experiencing chaotic thoughts, micromanaging aspects of our lives that are out of our control, being a control freak in general or just living life normally, many of us find our selves wound up, stressed out and left with an uneasy mindset. 

Trying to achieve a quiet, calm mind is an active process, but one we should place extra attention towards. 

The power of our subconscious mind can impacts how we react, feel and function on a day to day basis; it is important that we learn to take time to exhale (literally and emotionally) in order to remain at peace with whatever life throws at us that day. 

Meditation is something that can be worked into everyone’s already hectic schedule, which will help calm the mind, body and spirit, making us more balanced versions of ourselves! 

Top 4 Benefits of Mediation

  1. 1: Meditation can boost our immune system: Meditating can turn on our disease fighting genes and boost immunity by reducing the amount of stress hormones released. Mediation can also activate the parasympathetic nervous system, which increases our immune system functioning, reduces blood pressure, decreases our heart rate, increases oxygen flow and enables our rest and digest bodily functions.
  2. 2: Meditation can make you smarter: Research from UCLA found that long term meditators have larger amounts of gyrification, or folding of the brain’s cortex, than people who don’t meditate. The extra folds allow the meditators to process information faster and also have a stronger connection between brain regions and show less age-related brain shrinkage.
  3. 3: Meditation can increase fertility and libido: Research found that women are more likely to conceive during periods of relaxation. Studies have shown that stress reduces sperm count and motility in men.
  4. 4: Mediation makes us happier: Studies have shown that brain signaling increases in the left side of the prefrontal cortex. This is the part of our brain that is responsible for positive emotions. Meditation can decrease activity in the right side our brains, which are responsible for negative emotions.

by Brianna Diorio

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