Meditation is a powerful tool for reestablishing balance between the core systems of the body. Most of us live our lives in a constant state of stress. We perceive our environment as one threat after another. Be it our jobs, our relationships or simply the times we live in, we consciously and subconsciously perceive ourselves as under attack. Our body responds by signaling our defense mechanism called the sympathetic nervous system to prepare for a fight...and our struggles ensue. This is why 98% of all chronic disease is related to stress.
How do we change?
Meditation enables us to turn off the fight-or-flight response and turn on our mechanism for healing called the parasympathetic nervous system. This system is responsible for digestion, respiration, circulation, sexual function and cellular regeneration. By placing our awareness on our internal environment versus perceived external threats, we place ourselves in an optimal state for health and well being.
How do I meditate?
Meditation is simply a feeling. Neuroscience defines the ability to sense and feel different parts of our body, as Proprioception. When we place our focused attention on feeling areas of the body, a region of the brain called the Cerebellum engages. When the cerebellum is engaged the region of our brain responsible for analytical thought MUST TURN OFF. We cannot feel and think at the same time. As a result, our thoughts dissipate and our mind goes quiet. We can now describe the process of meditation in terms of Neuroscience; opening a door of opportunity for anyone to develop the skill of meditation.
Meditation is not magic, faith or wishful thinking...it is science and it works.
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