Stress, the Body and Meditation
When we experience stress frequently, it can cause physical damage to our body. Meditation could be a solution to preventing this from happening. Meditation affects the body in the opposite way of stress; not only does it calms down the body, but it also helps the body to repair itself. So what exactly is the link between meditation and your body?
Meditation can reverse your stress response and thus protecting you from the effects of chronic stress. According to research that compared a meditating group to a non-meditating group, they found that the nonmeditating group had worse stress responses such as high blood pressure, pain syndromes and other conditions compared to the meditating group. Experts have said that any condition caused or worsened by stress can be alleviated through meditation.
When you are meditating, you are relaxing your body. This helps reduce metabolism, lowers blood pressure, and it also improves heart rate, breathing and brain waves. You start using oxygen more efficiently, and you even sweat less. When you do it daily, your immune functions starts improving. Once your mind is clear, it enhances your creativity.
In those who meditate, brain scans have shown that there is an increase in activity in areas that control metabolism and heart rate. Buddhist monks have shown that meditation produces long-lasting changes in brain activity areas involved in memory, attention, learning and perception.
Meditation also helps ward off illness and infections. It is an immune booster. When you are relaxed, you are less prone to suffering from infectious disease. Whereas for stressed people, their bodies are already physically damaged, and their immune function is already low. Consequently, it becomes easier for them to get sick.
Although meditation is a little challenging to start, it is not difficult to learn. All you need is practice. Over time, you will be able to meditate properly and to clear your mind, and you too will be able to enjoy the benefits that meditation has to offer.