Sourav “Teddy” Biswas
Meditation is the simple practice of mind control which has enormous benefits to us. Over the years, various studies have shown, and scientists have proven that meditation does actually stimulates our brain. Meditation dates back to the Prehistoric Era, approximately, 1500 BCE in Hindu tradition. The technique of meditation includes a person focusing on one specific thing; it could be breathing, a sensation in our body, or an object. The point of this type of meditation is to focus strongly on one point and continually bring our attention back to that focal point when it wanders away.
Changes In The Brain:
Using modern techniques such as MRI scans, allows scientists to visually witness and inspect the changes that take place during and after meditation. The most significant difference is that our brain stops processing information as it normally would. The beta waves, which indicates how much our brain processes information, reduces considerably during meditation. This becomes evident even after a 20 minute meditation session.
Increased Focus & Reduced Anxiety:
Because meditation is a practice in focusing our attention and being aware of when it drifts, this actually improves our focus when we’re not meditating, as well. It’s a lasting effect that comes from regular bouts of meditation.
There is a part in our brain known as the “Me Center,” technically, the Medial Prefontal Cortex. The “Me Center” processes information related to fear and body sensation. The neural pathway is pretty strong here. When we meditate, we weaken this neural connection. This means we don’t react abruptly to strong sensations. So when we experience scary or upsetting sensation, we can rationalize them more easily.
One of the things meditation has been linked to is improving rapid memory reminiscence. Catherine Kerr, a researcher at the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging and the Osher Research Center, found that people who practiced mindful meditation were able to adjust the brain wave that screens out distractions and increase their productivity more quickly that those that did not meditate.
More Gray Matter & Heightened Creativity:
Meditation has been linked to larger amounts of Gray Matter in the hippocampal and frontal areas of the brain. More gray matter means more positive emotions, long lasting emotional stability and increased focusing power during our day-to-day work.
Researchers at Leiden University in the Netherlands studied both, Focused-Attention and Open-Monitoring mediation to discover the possibility of a heightened sense of creativity after meditation. They found that people who practiced Focused-Attention meditation did not show any obvious signs of improvement in the creativity task following their meditation. For those who did Open-Monitoring meditation, however, they performed better displayed significantly more creativity in completing their assigned tasks. Thus meditation can lead us to a much better lifestyle. With all the benefits combined, no doubt meditation can enhance efficiency of a human to a whole new level.