Originally posted by GypsK
Those who meditate are saying it for centuries: meditation is good for the mind and body.
Unfortunately, meditation has always been pushed in a 'spiritual or new age' corner and a lot of people still think it only has a psychological
effect, like a placebo...
most think meditation is only good for relaxation, but the above study shows it does actually change our brains!
What are your experiences with meditation? Do you think it has changed your brain and do you notice an effect of that? What changes did ocure in your
life since you started meditating?
Great find. I have found many changes in my own physical system due to meditation.
1) Reduced stress. This seems obvious but the actual experience of it is different from reading about it. It feels like being at peace quite often.
Mood swings are very limited. It seems like you are 'on a cloud' sometimes. This feeling is intense during meditation and you carry it with you to a
lesser degree all the time afterwards. You don't get mood swings or erratic emotions. This is hard to describe since most don't recognize they do
this already. This is sort of a hindsight experience.
2) Increased health and vitality. This was particularly interesting for me since I am an athlete and have always been healthy and health conscious.
Even still my health improved. I originally started meditation/visualization exercises to improve my performance. I don't know the cause/effect here
but it is possible that increased mindfulness of the body/mind relationship has a positive health effect. This could be a psychological phenomenon
where subconsciously you now choose healthier 'options' whatever that may be. The bottom line is I have been healthier.
3) I have felt a greater connection to everything. Other people, family, and especially nature. This I believe is from the mindfulness you achieve
during meditation. I must again state that the meditation exercise is one thing, but you carry a small portion of that with you all day afterward.
4) My diet changed completely. I don't expect everyone to have this happen. I personally started meditation to increase performance and overall
health. I think it is precisely because this was my goal this happened. I became a vegetarian overnight (virtually). I had no withdrawals, no
cravings, no issues making the change. The idea had been in my head to just try it for a month as a test to see what changes I would notice. I liked
it so much that I decided to add another 30 days to the test. After that I never went back and I feel 100% better than I ever have. This is separate
from the increased health of meditation as this was later on. Probably about 6months after I began meditating.
5) Performance went way up. I like to use Olympic weightlifting techniques (Dead-Lift) for my overall strength exercises. Using visualization (a
meditation technique) I was able to completely blast right through my previous plateaus. Visualization is possibly the greatest technique out there. I
would go so far as to say that MOST of the Olympians use this technique. It has helped me in numerous ways but I have just listed the one example for
6) Unbelievable spiritual experiences. I can't begin to describe this without feeling like I should have a robe and sandals on. I will just say that
your perceptions of reality WILL change. You will have thoughts that you never had before in a good way. You will be able to more easily deal with
complex problems in your life including difficult people. You gain more compassion and empathy. On and on.... I think this list for number 6 would be
by far the longest if I listed everything here. I will just say that this subject would change in profound ways for you no matter what your religion
is. I propose that your faith would gain in strength if you are a supporter of a religion which is truly compassionate.
7) Work performance improved. I am an Engineer by trade. My focus has increased a great deal and I have noticed the greatest jump in my problem
solving abilities. There is a particular level of focus during meditation where problem solving seems unbelievably easy. You have thoughts that are
brilliant and almost seem like they didn't come from you. Hard to explain but try it.
I'm sure there is much more I am failing to list as benefits. The only negative is really a positive....the time involved. Really it only takes about
20 min and when you are in the zone it flys by. There is some weird effect that changing you conscious focus has on perception of time. When was the
last time you took 20min to yourself without some sort of techno gadget?
I have also noticed a phenomenon that I am compelled to investigate further. I have noticed that in some way we control our own reality to a certain
degree. There is some combination of level of focus, conscious intent, and emotional intensity which allows our personal realities to change toward
what we want. I have also noticed that the subconscious plays a large part in this. Perhaps meditation is a way of speaking to the subconscious which
allows for these changes. I definitely KNOW this is a real effect I just don't know how it works just yet but I feel like I'm zoning in on it. This
is one things that can make a huge impact for anyone here.
Try it a see what difference it can make for you.