Why is meditation important?
Meditation is a way to transform and develop the mind. Practicing meditation encourages and develops concentration, clarity and emotional regulation. By taking part in a particular practice of your choice, you learn more about the patterns and habits of your mind. Your practice offers a means to cultivate new, more positive ways of thinking, feeling and being.
What can meditation do for you…
- Reduces Stress. Stress is a good thing and it’s important to feel – but too much of it is not. It actually starts to change your brain. Stress increases activity level and number of connections in amygdala (the fear center). As stress hormones rise, signals in hippocampus (associated with stress control) decrease so your ability to control stress decreases.
- Meditation improves your focus, attention, and ability to work under stress. Studies have demonstrated with only 20 minutes a day of practice, students were able to improve cognitive skill.
- Meditation improves learning, memory and self-awareness. Meditation has shown to increase the amount of grey matter in the brain, which is responsible for muscle control, sensory perception, hearing, memory, emotions, speech, decision making etc.
- Meditation studies have shown reduction in alcohol and other substances. Three studies on Vipassana meditation with an incarcerated population suggested a direct relationship between meditation and a significant reduction in alcohol and substance abuse.
- Improves empathy, positive relationships and compassion. Another study points out the development of positive emotions through compassion builds up several personal resources, including “a loving attitude towards oneself and others, and includes self- acceptance, social support received, and positive relations with others”.
If you are interested to learn more about meditation you can look up the following, some of our favourites are: Vipassana Meditation, Mantra Meditation, Loving Kindness Meditation, Visualisation Meditation.