Meditation is like exercise for the brain. The way walking and jogging makes your heart stronger, meditation is the practice of intentional brain work. The brain is electrified by positive stimulation. It intentionally directs the flow of neurons making your thinking purposeful.
Meditation rewires your brain by allowing you to control when and how you think. Meditation being a buzzworthy topic will not suddenly make all of your challenges disappear. Meditation will allow you to control how you feel and deal with your challenges.
Here is how meditation rewires your brain.
- Increase in grey matter in the anterior cingulate cortex, prefrontal cortex, and hippocampus.
The first thing that mediation does is that it increases grey matter in these three areas, anterior cortex, prefrontal cortex, and the hippocampus. An increase in the anterior cortex helps the cognitive part of the brain become more flexible, and increased grey matter in the prefrontal cortex resulted in better planning, regulation of the emotions, and problem-solving, while the grey matter increases in the hippocampus helped in learning and taking high amounts of stress—improving the health of the brain.
- Decreases the size of the amygdala.
After proper meditation and mindful practice, it was reported that the amygdala’s size greatly decreases. The size decrease is beneficial because the amygdala is responsible for the “fight or flight” part of the brain, it is directly linked to a person’s anxiety, and their decision making in dire moments. Mindfulness practicing helps in regulation of this “fight or flight” part of the brain, it makes it stronger.
- Enhancement of functionality in numerous connections and networks of the brain.
With the help of proper meditation, the relationship with the amygdala and the prefrontal cortex becomes strong and the links are more direct. This happens because the size of the amygdala decreases as meditation begins properly linking with the prefrontal cortex, which is responsible for the planning, regulation of emotions, and problem-solving. This makes the brain less reactive, less anxious, and makes it calmer to make decisions, the amygdala is responsible for anxiety, and when anxiety decreases with the decrease of the amygdala, it can complement the prefrontal cortex. Therefore, concentration levels increase greatly.
- Decreases the “me” aspect of the brain, stops you from overthinking.
Meditation creates a relationship between your truest self and the outside world. It allows you to think outside of yourself to find the gratitude and peace within the things you cannot change.
- Peaceful practices to do.
These are the following peaceful practices you should do:
- Taking care of yourself.
- Dismissing bad as well as good thoughts.
- Challenging hurtful thoughts.
- Breathing throughout the body.
- Improving your nutrition.
Meditation is a peaceful practice that opens your eyes to see the tools you’ve always had within you.