Meditation is relaxation. It isn’t about concentration, rather about de-concentration. It is about becoming unmindful, instead of being focused on one thing. It is known to provide a wide plethora of benefits, and here are some of them:
- Lowers high blood pressure
- Lowers the levels of blood lactate
- Reduces anxiety attacks
- Decreases any tension-related pain
- Increases serotonin production and improves mood
- Boosts the immune system
- Increases energy levels
- Anxiety decreases
- Intuition develops
- Emotional stability improves
- Creativity increases
- Happiness increases
- Gain clarity and peace of mind
- Recognizing yourself as an inseparable part of the whole cosmos
- You emit calmness and joy into the environment, bringing harmony to the Creation/planet.
- Meditation brings about a true personal transformation
In addition to this, it turns out that meditation, yoga, and other mind-body interventions have the ability to reverse molecular reactions in DNA that contribute to depression and poor health. These findings were revealed by The University of Coventry and the University of Radboud and published in the journal Frontiers in Immunology. This thorough analysis involved 18 studies, spanning 11 years and 846 participants. Specifically, it focused on the way genes activate to produce proteins that affect the make-up of the brain, immune system, and the human body.
When a person experiences anxiety, the nervous system either fights of flies. In addition, kappa B is produced, a molecule which regulates how genes are expressed. It translates stress by using genes to produce proteins known as cytokines; genes that keep inflammation in check at cellular level. This process is beneficial only when fight or flight is needed, otherwise it increases the risk of psychiatric disorders and faster aging.
It was now found that humans who produce MBIs show a decrease in the production of kappa B and cytokines, which leads to reversal of inflammation and pro-inflammatory gene expression. Amazingly, it was also found that fight or flight response was more important to humans during hunter-gatherer times when wounds were more likely to get infected.
According to Ivana Buric of the Brain, Belief, and Behaviour Lab in Coventry University’s Centre for Psychology, Behaviour, and Achievement, “Millions of people around the world already enjoy the health benefits of mind-body interventions like yoga or meditation, but what they perhaps don’t realise is that these benefits begin at a molecular level and can change the way our genetic code goes about its business.”
“These activities are leaving what we call a molecular signature in our cells, which reverses the effect that stress or anxiety would have on the body by changing how our genes are expressed. Put simply, MBIs cause the brain to steer our DNA processes along a path which improves our wellbeing. More needs to be done to understand these effects in greater depth, for example how they compare with other health interventions like exercise or nutrition. But this is an important foundation to build on to help future researchers explore the benefits of increasingly popular mind-body activities,” she adds.