IS THERE A CHEMICAL CALLED “STRESS”?
Your first step in learning how to overcome anxiety is to pay attention to your body. How does your body react when it is stressed? One of the best meditation benefits is reducing your stress hormone better known as Cortisol. Without reducing your Cortisol levels you can be doing damage to your body. By living in a society where we want everything NOW, we create a big percentage of our own stress. We create the massive amounts of Cortisol that run through our bodies. This is not good, as too much Cortisol can increase your risk of many different health problems. By participating in meditation on a regular basis, you can decrease Cortisol levels thus reducing the risks to your body.
NATURAL MOOD STABILIZERS
There are two neurotransmitters in your body that help stabilizer your moods:
Serotonin is well known among people that take medication for depression.
Gaba is related to your anxiety levels. So if you Gaba level is too low you may suffer from increased tension and have trouble sleeping.
Meditation benefits us by increasing the level of these neurotransmitters thus decreasing your symptoms of anxiety and depression. To me, this is awesome! After all, would you rather meditate or take prescription drugs?
THE NATURAL HIGH
Get those endorphins flowing with either exercise or meditation. Increasing your endorphin level makes you feel good and it is all natural.
GIVE YOUR MIND A REST
When the brain enters a meditative state, one of the benefits of meditation is that the brain has actually “shifted gears” from a “busy mind of Beta frequency” down to a relaxed, calm state of Alpha, Theta or for deep meditation, Delta. Our bodies automatically respond to each brainwave frequency (of Beta, Alpha, Theta or Delta) and become nervous or anxious (in Beta) or calm and relaxed (in Alpha.) Easy meditation techniques such as brainwave meditation automatically put the brain into different states, thus directing the body to respond accordingly and produce appropriate chemicals.
INCREASE EMOTIONAL MATURITY
Regular mediation not only quiets the mind and body, but also gives rise to increased self-awareness. This gives many people the opportunity to see themselves more objectively and to effectively make change.
Another one of the emotional meditation benefits is that regular meditation puts many people in touch with a “higher power.” This increases intuition, creativity, purpose, and can change the perspective from viewing something as a “problem” to instead viewing it as an opportunity for spiritual and emotional growth. These higher emotional states are a natural progression because the mind and body are kept more balanced through the other physical and mental meditation benefits discussed herein.
Can meditation actually improve relationships? Yes, because when the mind and body’s chemicals are working well through regular meditation, many people find the composure, patience and inner peace to handle their relationships and other facets of their lives better. A better connection with self is established and with this connection, there is an open doorway for better emotional connections with others.
BOOST “YOUTHFUL” CHEMICALS
Can one of the meditation benefits be that meditation actually keeps us young? Yes, because meditation has been found to improve chemicals such as DHEA, human growth hormone and melatonin, all of which help our bodies fight aging.
INCREASE IMMUNE SYSTEM
When discussing meditation benefits, it becomes apparent that meditation has significant impact on how well the immune system functions as we have already seen by the decrease of cortisol and the increase of “healthy” chemicals such as DHEA, human growth hormone and melatonin. But another way the immune system regenerates itself is when we sleep and people who meditate sleep better. Deeper sleep increases renewal, rejuvenation and increased immune system functioning.
One of the truly best meditation benefits if you use an appropriately engineered brainwave meditation mp3, is that your brain can be put into a brain frequency that actually replaces sleep. For example, 2-3 hours of sleep can be replaced when your brain is put into a certain “meditation frequency” for 30 minutes.
When starting out, many people want easy meditation techniques. Some types of meditation that are good for beginners are brainwave meditations, breathing meditations or hypnotic meditations. Using a meditation audio that puts you into the meditative state is a very easy way to obtain some of the meditation benefits listed above.