Life is unpredictable, this is why the people who manage to stay calm in the midst of it all use strategies to calm and centre. One such strategy is meditation, and by now most of us have heard that meditation is good for you, but good in what sense? With over 3000 scientific studies on the benefits of meditation done around the world, its easy to see why meditation is growing in popularity.
Dr. Hedy Kober, a neuroscientist who studies meditation at Yale University, said during her TED Talk that “It did to my mind what going to the gym did to my body – it made it both stronger and more flexible.”
MRI scans show that long terms meditation can alter the structure of your cerebral cortex, the outer layer of your brain. Other studies have shown that the part of the brain associated with attention and sensory processing have been shown to be thicker in those who meditate. With benefits from improved attention, memory, processing speed, creativity, and more, it’s easy to see why meditation is even being prescribed by health care practitioners.
What’s more, the benefits are not limited to the brain, meditation also has anti-inflammatory effects.
Here are Three More Reasons to Start Meditating Today:
1 Melting Stress
One study showed that meditation literally reduces the density of brain tissue associated with anxiety and worrying. For stress levels that simply melt away, meditation is the key.
2 Sharpening Memory
From being able to remember names to complex feats of memory recollection, research shows meditation can improve your ability to memorize things and store these memories concisely.
3 Helping Hearts
Meditation has been shown to improve your cardiovascular health in the same way exercise does. That’s an increase in heart health along with a decrease in your risk of heart disease
To try out meditation today, get in touch with either of these two free resources :
- The Brahma Kumaris Meditation Centre in Windhoek which regularly offers free guided mediation sessions. Get hold of them by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
- Melissa Mukaiwa offers many resources through her website, plus monthly group meditation sessions. You can download a free starter kit here http://bit.ly/2w33kjw Join the monthly sessions whatsapp group here http://bit.ly/2ohD6HE Or find out more through her website here http://melissamukaiwa.com
Take a look at Dr. Hedy Kober’s TED Talk here :