All You Need is a Little Relaxation

Meditation has been practiced for thousands of years. It originally was meant to help deepen understanding of the sacred and mystical forces of life. Today, meditation is commonly used for relaxation and stress reduction. Meditation has long been used in Eastern philosophy and those who practice it report feeling calmer and happier. Now modern scanning technology has started to reveal why it is such a useful technique. Meditation helps to reduce activity in the amygdala region of the brain, which is responsible for governing feelings of stress. It is also involved in the insula, the part of the brain allows us to feel deep emotions, which is why those who meditate are more likely to be less aggressive. This part of the brain also regulates how we view arguments with loved ones and gives us our sense of regret when we emotionally harm someone, triggering an emotional need to put things right.  It is evident through these findings that meditation is no longer just a practice that people claim makes them feel better but now has scientific data to back up its claims. 
Meditation is considered a type of mind-body complementary medicine. Meditation produces a deep state of relaxation and a tranquil mind. During meditation, you focus your attention and annihilate the stream of jumbled thoughts that may be crowding your mind and causing stress. This process results in enhanced physical and emotional well-being.
Meditation also might be useful if you have a medical condition, especially one that may be worsened by stress. While a growing body of scientific research supports the health benefits of meditation, some researchers believe it’s not yet possible to draw conclusions about the possible benefits of meditation.
With that in mind, some research suggests that meditation may help such conditions as:
  • Allergies
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Asthma
  • Binge eating
  • Cancer
  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Pain
  • Sleep problems
  • Substance abuse
It is evident that meditation holds a lot of promise for future treatment of diseases and health conditions. Meditation therapies are a safe, drug free way to resolve issues by returning control to the patient when they feel that they can’t control thoughts or emotions. This is a great natural benefit to your health and life.  If you are wondering how you can start using meditation in your life, here is a link that gives steps for mediation beginners and another for some music for you to try your first daily meditation!  

4 thoughts on “All You Need is a Little Relaxation

  1. I did Yoga all summer, and it definitely helped de-stress from the worries of going off to college and coaching tennis. I can't wait to see what meditation is able to do for people who are suffering and sick in the future.

  2. I think meditation definitely helps the mind when it comes to thinking. I think people meditate in different forms of stress relief, like reading a book, praying, or even working out.

  3. I think that this is a really important point that you've brought up CAitlyn! I will definitely try to meditate before classes – possibly our Biology lab! ha ha : )

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