WHY MEDITATION WORKS:
A Glimpse Inside Your Mind and Brain
By James Duignam
So, WHY Does Meditation Work?
It is helpful to understand how the mind and brain function, since meditation has a direct effect on both.
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Meditating on a regular allows us to monitor the thoughts that stream through our conscious mind. By observing our thoughts from a higher plane in a state of alert presence, it enables us to observe them from a point of neutrality, without reacting to them, and let them pass.
Meditation can have a profound effect on the frontal lobes of the brain. The frontal lobes of the brain are located behind the forehead. They are associated with conscious thought, reasoning, motor skills, memory, organizing, planning, and controlling our behaviors and emotions. They contain most of the dopamine-sensitive neurons in the cerebral cortex. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that affects emotions, perceptions and movement. It is associated with reward, attention, short-term memory, planning and motivation. In the front-most part of the cerebral cortex are the prefrontal lobes: the left prefrontal lobe and the right prefrontal lobe. They are often referred to as the “seat of humanity”. Greater levels of activity in the right or left prefrontal lobes affect people in different ways. Meditation supports these key areas of the brain in a natural and harmonious way.
Regular meditation changes brain structures and thickens the cerebral cortex. Meditation increases grey matter density in areas related to learning, memory, self-awareness and compassion. The longer we meditate the greater reduction in brain shrinkage, and the creation of stronger connections within the brain.
For the untrained mind, it is mostly consumed by a constant stream of thinking. Most people’s thinking fluctuates like a hyperactive dragonfly, flitting from past, to present, to future, with stories and dramas attached. Through meditation and stilling the mind, you discover the silent observer of your being.
Your mind and brain benefit from regular meditation by decreasing stress, improving emotional stability, and physical changes in the brain, leading to a greater sense of well-being and bliss.
"Now I understand a little more about how my brain is wired and why I think the way I do – I get it!! A delightful read and really well-organized material, highly recommended. Thank you."
Eliza at the Cape, Amazon Reviewer
"A must read for anyone that regularly meditates or wants to start practicing, but may have some concerns. It’s so fascinating to understand what actually happens during meditation and to understand our subconscious and self-conscious minds.”
Charlotte Spencer, Amazon Reviewer
"Meditation keeps you on an even keel when the stormy seas of life surge through."
Author, James Duignam, HHP