According to Psychology Today, Neuro-Scientists have found that people who meditate shift their brain activity to different areas of the cortex. Brain waves in the the right frontal cortex produce stress while meditators brain waves move to the left frontal cortex which is calming. This shift in mental activity decreases the negative effects of stress, mild depression, and anxiety. In addition, there is less activity in the amygdala, where the brain processes fear.
What does all this mean for those of who meditate? Psychology Today states after a study conducted at University of Massachussettes medical school that those who meditate are calmer and happier.
Meditation isn’t something that’s out there or even woo-woo. We all have an on-going desire to live stress-free lives, ease of emotions and, remain calm when everything around us is out of control.
Taking five to ten minutes a day to meditate can make significant changes in one’s life. It can be as simple as including it in your morning routine or before you go to sleep at night, while lying in bed, or finding a place where you won’t be disturbed. Meditation gives one the opportunity to not only calm oneself, but to give the individual “emotional perspective”.
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