It is scientifically proven that meditation has a positive effect on human healthKsenia Парфенова15 March 2019 11:3321790
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Becoming increasingly popular habit to meditate — foreign psychologists and influencer social networks encourage everyone to complete this exercise. Over the last twenty years, researchers carried out experiments which compared groups of people who practice meditation and not. Foreign specialists have shown a positive effect on mental and physical health.
- Blood pressure becomes normal, pulse is aligned
- The breathing becomes calm and even
- Reduced secretion of the hormone adrenaline in the blood
- Accelerated brain function
- Boosts the immune system
- Immune system strengthening
- Great performance
- Less anxiety
- Fears and phobias become less acute
- Confidence in themselves and their abilities
- Awareness in the approach to life setting of clear goals
- Control of emotions, ability to calm yourself
- Good mood, satisfaction with life
Calmness, only calmness
It is known that during meditation, people feel calm, but what about everyday life? In 2012, the psychologist from Massachusetts Gael Desbordar together with colleagues conducted a study in which a group of subjects was 8-week meditation course. Before the experiment and after they were shown photos that cause people to have certain emotions — positive, negative and neutral. Simultaneously with the display of images using EEG recorded the brain activity of test subjects. The results showed that at the end of the experiment, people have become more calm, decreased activity in the amygdala of the brain responsible for emotions.
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The capacity for compassion
Another experiment along with colleagues in 2013, was conducted by Dr. Paul Condon. In this organizer has involved three actors — two men sat together with the subjects in a makeshift waiting area, and the third entered the room, standing on crutches and feigning poor health. The task of the first two actors was that in any case do not respond to the invalid — to ignore it. The subject decided to take it for example most or go their own way. According to the results, people who practice meditation, twice as likely to have offered support for the third actor.
Improves memory and learning ability
The third experiment in 2011, Dr. Hellem also suggested that the participants go through an 8 week meditation course. Before and after them, similar to the first experience, an encephalogram of the brain. It turned out that two months has changed the structure of the hippocampus — the part of the brain responsible for memory and the ability to assimilate new information. The density of gray matter in this Department has significantly increased, indicating positive changes.
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Less sensitivity to pain
It was stated earlier that meditation helps to control emotions on a subconscious level. In 2010 researcher Grant was made an experiment, in which the legs of participants made heated metal plate. Those people who regularly practiced meditation turned out to be less sensitive reacted to the pain. Joshua Grant explained, the results that through meditation the cerebral cortex is compacted, which reduces the severity of the reactions to the stimulus of the nervous system.
A wealth of new ideas
Experiment 2012 conducted by Dr. Colzato showed that meditators, participants were more creative. The group of subjects was asked to think of as many uses of a brick. People who can focus on your thoughts, not the subject, offered far more options than the others.