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What comes to mind when you think of meditation? Sitting alone in a quiet space, letting your thoughts fade away? Doing breathing exercises with an entire yoga class? Wearing saffron robes and chanting in a prayer circle?
The truth is that there is no one way to meditate. Over the centuries, a diverse set of traditions have arisen in various cultures, each associated with different religions, philosophies, and disciplines. Typically associated with Eastern religions such as Hinduism and Buddhism, these time-honored practices have, over the past century, spread rapidly throughout the globe and filtered into the broader culture.
These days, people of all backgrounds and all belief systems practice meditation in one form or another. Indeed, the sheer diversity of techniques and philosophies means that individuals have a greater chance of finding a practice that suits their individual needs and preferences. To top it all off, recent scientific advancements have shed light on how meditation affects the body and mind, expanding both our knowledge and our appreciation of the wisdom found in these ancient practices
Neuroplasticity, or How to Reset Your Brain
You exercise when you want to strengthen and tone your body, but what if you want to improve the health of your brain? Is it possible to change the way you process thoughts, learn new things, and perceive the world?
Over the past half-century, science has changed the way we think about our most important organ. Once upon a time, many people believed your intellectual capacity and personality became static once you reached adulthood; it was your job to maximize what you had.
Now, neurologists have discovered that the brain has a quality called neuroplasticity, which means it has the ability to reorganize itself over time by creating new neural connections. Essentially, science has discovered that your brain is malleable throughout your life, not fixed after childhood as was once thought.
What Does Neuroplasticity Have to Do with You?
Many people believe it’s impossible to overcome bad habits and established patterns. As Phuket Cleanse co-founder Melanie Proctor notes, they persist in telling themselves the same narrative over and over again. “I’m an overeater.” “I’ll never lose weight.” “I’m such a horrible person.” They latch onto fixed ideas, imagining that it’s impossible to change their outlook and behavior.
If neurological science has taught us anything, it’s that such rigidity is based on false assumptions. Anyone can change the way they think and act—but how? According to numerous studies, meditation is one of the most powerful ways to reset your thinking.
The Health Benefits of Meditation
Meditation can change how your mind works. Research suggests it can even change the structure of your brain. Perhaps that’s why study after study confirms that people who meditate enjoy better health and higher rates of happiness.
Indeed, scientists have discovered that meditation activates the prefrontal cortex, which governs cognitive abilities and feelings of happiness. Other tests have shown that Buddhist monks, who spend much of their time meditating, have developed more powerful brainwave patterns than the average person.
Meditation can also boost your physical health. According to the Mayo Clinic, it not only reduces stress levels (a key contributor to poor health and even early death); it may also help people manage the symptoms of any number of diseases, from headaches and asthma to heart disease and cancer. In other words, meditation not only focuses the mind; it also rejuvenates your body at a cellular level.
Why Do People Meditate?
There are nearly as many reasons to meditate as there are people who meditate. Some seek a temporary reprieve from the stresses and burdens of the moment. They may want to improve their sleep or overcome a particular habit, like binge eating.
Others dedicate themselves to their practice. Perhaps they’re searching for a life-altering experience; perhaps they want to attain a higher spiritual state; or perhaps they simply want to live a more thoughtful, deliberate existence.