Many of those who have started meditating wonder, “Would meditation help improve relationships with loved ones? That would be great. But what if practicing mindfulness somehow changes me and it becomes a problem for understanding?”
To answer this question, let’s turn to the experiences of meditators and scientific research data.
Table of Contents
- Meditation is a Useful Brain and Mental Upgrade
- The Meditator Looks at the World With Eyes Wide Open
- Meditation for Two – The Path to Love and Harmony
- Other Benefits of Meditation
Meditation is a Useful Brain and Mental Upgrade
Studies show that meditation really can change a person’s perception, thinking, and behavior the same way PlayAmo can change a financial situation. It balances the state of the psyche and normalizes the work of the brain, which favors the development of latent reserves and personality traits.
As a result, vanity, nervousness and restlessness are replaced by the ability to concentrate and monitor the processes taking place in the mind. Much of what used to happen spontaneously and without any volitional intervention is taken under control. As a result, intrusive thoughts disappear, mental tension is released and the mind becomes clearer.
The Meditator Looks at the World With Eyes Wide Open
The main change happens with perception – it becomes more refined and intuitive. One begins to notice things that escaped him before. Because of this, he begins to understand people better and find common ground with them more easily.
Regular meditation helps to eliminate errors of perception that lead to doubt, unfounded fears, suspicion, jealousy and prejudice. So, the meditator isn’t inclined to dwell on negativity or to look for problems where there are none. He is sincere, natural, confident, and open-minded, and people are bound to notice such qualities.
Meditation for Two – The Path to Love and Harmony
Particularly noticeable effect of meditation is when people meditate together. This practice helps to deepen trust in each other, improve mutual understanding and harmonize relationships.
It’s important that the meditators don’t just share their experiences, but help each other to create a special intimate atmosphere during the practice, in which the psyche adjusts to a conscious perception of the best way.
Other Benefits of Meditation
1. Just a Few Days of Meditation Practice Can Improve Concentration
Concentration problems affect millions of people. It interferes with children’s learning and with adults’ work.
One recent study showed that just a couple of weeks of meditation practice noticeably (on average, 16%) improved your ability to concentrate. Because volitional focus is one of the key steps in immersing oneself in a meditative state, regular practice strengthens neural connections at the center of attention, resulting in improved concentration and cognitive abilities.
2. Meditation Reduces Anxiety and Relieves Social Phobia
A study conducted by scientists at the University of Massachusetts found that mindfulness meditation, aimed at suppressing stress, affects areas of the brain associated with self-referential (dedicated to oneself) thoughts, which was found to lead to lower levels of anxiety.
The practice has also been found to lessen signs of social phobia and improve the overall psychological well-being of people suffering from this disorder.
3. Meditation Helps to Fight Depression
Another recent study at Johns Hopkins University showed that mindfulness meditation can reduce symptoms of depression to the same extent as antidepressants. Even stronger was the combined effect of meditation and pharmacological drugs.
4. It Leads to the Development of Key Parts of the Brain
Back in 2011, Harvard researchers found that mindfulness meditation could lead to changes in brain structure. Particularly notable transformations were observed in the hippocampus, the department responsible for memory and learning. In just eight weeks of meditation, there was a significant thickening of its cortex and increased neuronal activity. At the same time, the structures controlling emotions and self-control changed.
5. Slows Brain Aging
One recent study from the University of California, Los Angeles found that those who practice meditation for long periods of time have significantly better brain health as they age than those who do not practice it. For example, 50-year-old meditators had a brain seven years younger than their non-meditating peers.
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