Meditation calms. Meditation enlightens. Meditation instills inner peace.
Would you also believe that meditation heals? And not just in a psychological way?
Yes, it does. Meditation can physically heal you, too. It may sound incredulous, but scientific evidence exists that meditation truly has the capability to improve the health of our vital organs and refine our physiological systems.
Take a look at this list of organs and bodily functions meditation positively and directly affects:
Of course, it’s a no brainer! (No pun intended.) Meditation is famous for its psychological benefits after all.
But, meditation actually causes changes on the brain’s physical structure.
In 2005, the US National Health Institute conducted a study that delved deeply into the effects of meditation on the brain. They compared brains of meditators against those of non-meditators, and they found out that the areas associated with sensory information were thicker on the brains of meditators than those who are not.
In addition, they also claim that meditation can deter the brain’s ageing. Now, isn’t that amazing? Happy neurons, happy you!
LUB-DUB! LUB-DUB! LUB-DUB! That’s the sound of your heart when you’re stressed. But if meditation is a constant part of your life, it’s going to be “lub – – dub, lub – – dub, lub – – dub”– the beautiful sound of a healthy, beating heart.
Meditation is a sturdy shield against anxiety and stress. So, if ever a rattling situation comes your way, you’re able to identify it and handle it with grace.
Moreover, the lasting sense of relaxation and tranquility meditation allows you to have a more resilient heart against stroke, heart attack, and other cardiovascular diseases.
Stomach and the Entire Digestive System
Stress trips up the digestive system. It can cause indigestion, constipation, or even lead to Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) — ouch!
Luckily, meditation, due again to its calming and stress-busting qualities, can protect your tummy and keep your digestive system in check.
In fact, there’s a study that could attest to this. It claims that mindfulness meditation can significantly reduce the symptoms of IBS. The study was published in Behaviour Research and Therapy last 2011.
There’s a good chance you can kiss the flu goodbye forever! Yay!
Meditation enhances your immune system. By stimulating brain areas responsible for regulating your immune system, it triggers your body to produce more and more antibodies to fight off invading viruses and bacteria. In other words, it makes you tougher against the health-threatening elements you encounter daily.
So, when it comes to meditation’s healing quality, remember, it’s not just about the brain. It’s all about your body, too.