Does Meditation Work?

It’s time to throw out the notion that only monks and yoga teachers are allowed to meditate! Mediation can be beneficial no matter your experience level. By taking just a few mindful moments each day, you can create physiological and psychological improvements in your own life. If you are looking for reasons to use meditation, here are just a few.

Meditation and Memory - Researchers at University of California at Santa Barbara found a definitive link between the practice of regular meditation and improved cognitive performance.

Meditation and Regeneration - A Harvard study even suggests that consistent meditation can actually rebuild gray matter in the brain. Gray matter is a term used to describe areas in the brain that control muscle movement, sensory perception and decision making skills.

Meditation and Physical Activity - Another powerful combination is meditation and physical activity.  A Rutgers University study revealed that those who combined 30 minutes of meditation with 30 minutes of activity would see a 40% reduction in symptoms of clinical depression.

Meditation and Stress - Another study from the Harvard Medical School suggested that mindfulness meditation may ease anxiety and mental stress. During the study, symtpoms of depression and pain were also counteracted. 

 

How to Meditate - Unfortunately, there is no blueprint for the “perfect” meditation.  Meditating is very personal and is certainly not an exact science.  It is about fine tuning your inner-melody, using your own breathing as the metronome. 

1. Find a quite place where you can sit or lay still.

2. Close your eyes and become “present”.

3. Using deep and relaxed breaths, feel the movement into your lungs and out through your nostrils.

4. Instead of focusing on “thinking-about-nothing”, try concentrating on how your body feels in the present moment.

5. Practice makes perfect (meditation).

Published on March 14, 2017.