Meditation: Benefits & Science

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There are hundreds of reasons to meditate: reduce stress, work through a problem, be more present, increase brain function, better sleep, find clarity, and so on…. But why should YOU meditate?

The one benefit we all experience through meditation: transformation.

Meditation will transform your life for the better. It may happen in your first meditation, in a week, or like most of us, multiple transformations throughout the days, weeks, months and years of practice. Transformation can be slow and the benefits will show up when you least expect them. Or you may experience an intense realization, finding clarity on deep conflicts in your life.

Sounds pretty amazing right? But still not sure? Check out just a small fraction of studies around meditation below.

There have been many studies curiously analyzing meditation to see if there really is a transformation going on in the brain. And the results have repeatedly shown that meditation has and does change our brain, our emotions and our reactions.


Better Memory and Learning:

Harvard conducted an eight week study, and found increased gray-matter density in the the part of the brain called hippocampus, known to be important for learning and memory, and in structures associated with self-awareness, compassion, and introspection. Click here for study.


Less Brain Deterioration with Aging:

UCLA found that long-term meditators had better-preserved brains than non-meditators as they aged. Click here for study.
 

Meditation for Happiness and Positive Emotions:

Results from another study suggests that meditation may be associated with structural changes in areas of the brain that are important for sensory, cognitive and emotional processing. Click here for study.
 

Stress and Genes Transformation:

Meditation studies have discovered that having a daily meditation practice can reverse cytokine production (created in stress situations), which ultimately lowers the risk of inflammation-related diseases and conditions. Click here for study.


I could go on and on sharing more studies, but I’m going to stop scouring the web for proof. The only proof you’ll need is your own. Challenge yourself to meditation every day for two weeks. Start with a few minutes and build yourself up to 20 minutes or more. Not sure where to start? Look out for my upcoming blog posts to get you started.

If you need some guidance, or would like a custom meditation practice, then reach out to me. I offer one-on-one meditation sessions. Learn more here.

 

 

Danielle McCourt