Practitioners of meditation have long credited their practice as contributing to their physiological, psychological and spiritual well- being. However, only recently have scientists in the West confirmed these claims through scientific research and come up with a possible reason as to WHY this is the case.
Scientists can now study the electrical activity in the brain and have discovered that certain states of consciousness are connected to certain brainwave frequencies. Coming as no surprise to meditation
practitioners, they have found that meditation slows the electrical activity in the brain, resulting in a more frequent brainwave activity that is associated with healing levels of consciousness.
Additionally practitioners report that meditation generates a sense of “oneness” with God or the Universe. Scientists have confirmed that this “sense” is actually invoked by a decreased activity in the parietal lobe,
a region of the brain that’s responsible for our perception of boundaries
between ourselves and others, giving a feeling of being more connected
with the rest of the world.
By identifying the link between changes in brainwave frequencies, levels of activity in the brain and changes in both conscious states and biological responses, researchers are coming closer to understanding the connection between mind, body and spirit.
Deep relaxing meditation encourages a shift from the dominant over-thinking, stress-related brain activity that is created by our fast-paced society, to a more balanced mix that includes our other higher states of awareness. Seems like the yogis were on to something!
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