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Meditation is the popular topic in recent years and many people know about the meditation – yet most of the people can’t really define what meditation actually is and purpose of meditation. There are a lot of benefits and purpose of meditation. Let’s talk about what does meditation do in our mind.

Meditation actually changes your thinking, gives relaxation, stress-free, manage chronic pain and mindfulness. Even many practice and research has proven that medication works with our mind and makes mentally healthier life.

Meditation is also a tool master in the mind, and cope with anxiety & stress. Science is increasing validation meditation for claim, depression, anxiety, ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) and PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder). [1]

[Note: Side Effect People who have Stress, Anxiety and Depression, for them meditation can be annoying and difficult in the beginning]

During meditation the frontal cortex can be inclined to go offline. – Parietal Lobe

How your brain reacts during meditation? 

This is the interesting topic about meditation, what happens in our brain when we meditate. Even people who is meditating for the first time will decrease in beta waves. Science have developed modern technology like fMRI scan which understand of what’s takes place in our brain when we meditate but the difference is that our brain stops processing information actively as usually it does.

In brain there are different lobes and meditation react with some of the brain lobes. Lets see the explanation what happens in each lobe during meditation;

Frontal Lobe

Frontal Lobe is the front part of the brain and largest lobe in human brain. which is highly evolved and are important for voluntary movement, for managing higher level executive functions, expressive language.

During meditation the frontal cortex can be inclined to go offline.”

Parietal Lobe

 

Parietal Lobe is one of the major Lobe of cerebral cortex, it is upper part in brain (above temporal lobe and behind the frontal lobe & central sulcus. Parietal lobe processes sensory information about surrounding and orient you in time and space.

During Meditation, Parietal lobe activity slows down.”

Thalamus

Thalamus is small structure within the brain which is just above the brain stem (between cerebral cortex and midbrain). We can call Thalamus as gatekeeper for the sense, this organ focuses on attention and stops other signals in their tracks.

Meditation can reduce the information trickle in your brain that you receive.”

Reticular Formation

Reticular Formation is a matrix of nerve fibers and nerve cell bodies that form core of the brainstem, indeed from the spinal cord to the intra-laminate nuclei of the thalamus. Reticular formation receives incoming stimuli and alert to the brain.

Meditation dials back the arousal signal.

Benefits of Meditation for our Mind

  1. Meditation reduces your stress, anxiety and depression
  2. Meditation improves your learning, remembering power and concentration
  3. Helps to balance our emotions
  4. Meditation provide relaxation to our brain
  5. Keeps us focused
  6. Meditation increase your ability to handle situation
  7. Meditation change your thinking

Meditation vs. Mindfulness

Even though these two words seem similar and people think Meditation and mindfulness are same but they are not.

Meditation

Meditation is about training our mind for Mindfulness by practicing, for that we prepare ourselves by strengthening our mind. By that you can deal with your unexpected event by yourself. Meditation is practiced in specific amount of time and it is the awareness of no-thing.

Mindfulness

Jon Kabat-Zinn says,” Mindfulness is the awareness that comes when we are non-judgmentally pay attention in the present moment. It cultivates access to core aspects of our own mind and bodies that our very sanity depends on”.[1]

Mindfulness includes kindness towards ourselves and tenderness which restores dimensions of our being. When your mind is clear and open then you heart will also be clear and open. Mindfulness and meditation are reflection of each other, mindfulness supports to improve meditation and When we meditate our mindfulness increases. Mindfulness can be practice in any situation though out the day and it is awareness of some-thing.

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