More That Just Relaxing
It is commonly accepted that meditation provides a sense of spiritual and emotional well-being, but the actual physical changes to the brain that this involves has never before been investigated. That all changed when Harvard researchers concluded an eight-week study that conclusively demonstrated how regular meditation increases the amount of gray matter in the brain.
The study shows that what is taking place are actual transformations in the structure of the brain, which then affects how people process information and experience the world. It proves that the benefits from meditation are more than just physical relaxation, and there are tangible differences in how we feel based on how our brain is reacting to our experiences after steady periods of meditation. Better mental health and physical well-being from meditation leads to people being happier and more productive in their daily lives.
How to Meditate
Contrary to popular belief, there is no “right way” to meditate. There is no need to attempt to mimic painful yogi positions as seen in popular culture. Meditation is as simple as finding a position that is comfortable to relax in, whether sitting, lying or some other position.
Beyond this, meditation is just the act of letting your thoughts flow freely without being judgmental or trying to force your train of thought in a certain direction. The popular understanding of meditation involves the attempt to empty the mind of all thoughts, but the researchers found that what the participants were actually doing was simply letting their mind wander where it wanted to, and observing the changing thoughts without trying to evaluate or control them.
Simple, Easy and Good for You
This study shows that not only does meditation provide concrete permanent benefits to your overall mental health and physical well-being, but it is also extremely easy and simple to do, unlike some popular misconceptions about the practice.