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Science Backed Benefits of Meditation
There are many different types of meditation techniques used by meditation teachers and practitioners today. Regardless of the type of meditation one chooses to practice, it is important to note that there are science backed benefits that can help an individual grow in all aspects of his life.
Reduces Anxiety
There have been more than a dozen studies that have shown that mindfulness meditation can reduce anxiety. Scientists have tracked the neural mechanisms that caused anxiety relief. They found that three areas of the brain were activated during the meditation sessions. These areas of the brain are; anterior cingulate cortex, ventromedial prefrontal cortex, and anterior insula.
Scientists believe that mindfulness meditation helps to improve our ability to regulate emotions. People with anxiety do not have the capacity to discern between distracting and discerning thoughts. Mindfulness meditation increases your capacity for self awareness and gives you greater power over your mind.
Improves Concentration
Another benefit of meditation is that it can help increase concentration. This can greatly increase your productivity. You’ll be able to accomplish more in less time. It will also help you to improve your skills which can be very beneficial to your career. Some studies have shown that it can even help you process information in a more efficient and meaningful way.
Increases Your Intelligence
We tend to think that intelligence is inborn. However, recent studies not only show that you can increase your intelligence, but also meditation can help boost your IQ.
Improve Cardiovascular Health
Another important benefit of meditation is that it helps to reduce the risk of heart and cardiovascular diseases. It helps your body to increase its capacity to regulate oxygen consumption, cortisol levels, breathing rate and the stress hormone. Meditating daily will significantly improve your physical and mental health.