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Just like we go to the gym to train our bodies, we can sit on a cushion and train our brains. But what’s the point? Well, with an increasingly stressful world many of us can get caught rushing through life on autopilot. With just a little practice you can begin to create some stillness in your mind and learn to live life more fully in the present moment.
The benefits are real and can improve your life today. Don’t take our word for it… the science proves it! What’s keeping you from starting your incredible journey today?
Brain scans have shown that meditation leads to a shrinking of the amygdala, which is the part of the brain responsible for fear, anxiety and stress. Hormone testing after an introductory course in mindfulness have shown greatly reduced levels of cortisol and adrenalin, the hormones responsible for stress.
Researchers at John Hopkins University found that mindfulness meditation can be just as effective as medication in treating depression and anxiety. Other studies have shown that meditation creates a high level of activity in the parts of the brain that help to form positive emotions, such as happiness, enthusiasm, joy, and self-control.
A recent study took a group of adults with sleep problems and gave half of them meditation training and the other half completed a sleep education class. Those in the meditation group had less insomnia, fatigue, and depression at the end of the study and researchers claimed that their improvements were on par with clinical sleep therapy or sleeping pills, but without the side effects.
Meditation boosts the immune system. Several research projects have categorically shown that meditation significantly increases the number antibodies present in the body. Antibodies are crucial in the fight against viruses and bacteria.
Italian neuroscientist Giuseppe Pagnoni created a visual test which evaluated people’s ability to stay focused and attentive. Meditators scored much higher than non-meditators on the tests.
Meditation slows the ageing of our brains. Our prefrontal cortex shrinks as we get older, making it harder to figure things out and remember things. Harvard neuroscientist, Sara Lazar found that in one region of the prefrontal cortex, 50 year old meditators had the same amount of grey matter as 25 year olds.