Meditation for Brain Power

 

Brain image active neurons5 Benefits of Meditation for Brain Power  

The topic of meditation often brings to mind images of a yoga class or monks in a monastery, but meditation can be used in any situation. In fact, meditation is growing in popularity, because many people in the western culture are beginning to understand the health benefits that are available from eastern forms of relaxation.

Because of the growing interest, research studies are starting to emerge which show the benefits of meditation for both mental and physical health. Here are five benefits that you can enjoy from regular meditation:

  1. Meditation can reshape your brain: Did you know that meditation literally changes the shape of your brain? Brain scans have shown that certain areas of the brain improve from meditation, which can impact memory, compassion, empathy, and resiliency under stress.
  2. Meditation strengthens the brain: Regular meditation reinforces connections between brain cells, which strengthens the brain. A research study found that meditation increases levels of gyrification in the brain, which impacts the “folding” of the cerebral cortex and affects growth patterns within the brain. As a result, it is possible that meditation might help the brain to process information more quickly.
  3. Meditation decreases pain sensitivity: Another research study found that cortical thickness impacts a person’s pain sensitivity, and meditation improves cortical thickness. This information is especially beneficial for people suffering from addiction because of chronic pain, because it is possible that meditation might help with pain reduction which in turn reduces the person’s dependence on pain killers.
  4. Meditation increases positive emotions: The gray matter in the brain is impacted by meditation, and researchers have suggested that meditation actually increases the amount of gray matter in the frontal and hippocampal areas. The result of more gray matter in these areas of the brain can have a positive impact on emotional stability and the amount of positive emotions a person experiences.
  5. Meditation improves focus and concentration: Practicing meditation helps a person to improve the ability to focus attention for longer periods of time. This practice can carry over to other areas in life, improving a person’s ability to concentrate and stay focused on the task at hand.

It is easy to see why meditation is an important part of a holistic addiction recovery program, because these benefits can be useful to help a person change their brain and overcome addictive behavior. An effective holistic addiction recovery program should focus on the root elements which impact brain function, in order to help the patient overcome addiction from the source.

At The Sanctuary at Sedona, we are committed to providing our clients with an optimal balance of holistic treatments designed to overcome many types of addiction. Our non 12 step holistic addiction recovery program is a thorough approach to help each person overcome addictive behaviors they are experiencing.

If you are interested in more information about how meditation and other holistic methods can be used for addiction recovery, we invite you to contact us anytime. We are always available to answer your questions and will help you in any way possible!

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Resources:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m8rRzTtP7Tc

http://newsroom.ucla.edu/releases/evidence-builds-that-meditation-230237

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20141301

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3184843/

http://pss.sagepub.com/content/early/2010/05/11/0956797610371339.abstract