5 Become More Empathetic
It sounds bizarre, but you can empathize better if you meditate. In a 2008 study in the journal PLOS One, researchers found that people had stronger activation levels in their temporal parietal junctures (a part of the brain tied to empathy), when they heard the sounds of people suffering. Empathy is important for society and relationships – we must be able to emphasize with one another to increase the value of our relationships as well as make important changes in the fabric of society – to move forward and upward rather than further away from one another and decreasing the quality of life for humanity in general.
4 Learn and Remember Better
Meditators show increased gray matter in the hippocampus, an area important to learning and memory. This is excellent for children and teens, who unfortunately are bombarded with messages from all sorts of media and who could use the extra ‘buffer.’ Teas like yerba mate and herbs like gingko biloba will increase the effectiveness of meditation on learning and memory.
3 Decrease Negative Effects of Stress, Depression and Anxiety
Meditators shift their brain activity from the stress-prone right frontal lobe to the calmer left frontal lobe. This has them calmer and happier than those who do not meditate. Along with good nutrition and a good body movement plan and purpose in life, negativity in the brain will largely decrease.
2 Turn Down Pain Signals
The ability to focus on specific body parts allow one to turn the focus away from painful areas more readily than someone who does not meditate. Utilizing excellent nutrition to provide the body with what it needs for healing will pack an extra punch in pain management.
1 Better Your Ability to Focus
A study in the journal Brain Research Bulletin found that meditation training allowed participants to regulate how things would affect them. Alpha waves in the brain were better controlled, allowing the cortex, where sensory information is processed, to suppress irrelevant or distracting information.
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