The Evidence is Strong! Here’s Proof That Meditation:
Combats stress - the root of many problems like depression, anxiety, insomnia, panic attacks, infertility and premature aging. By resting the mind the build-up of stress and stagnant energy washes away leaving you clearer, alert, energetic and balanced.
Reduces biological ageing - by increasing DHEA (the ‘youth hormone’) levels. The Journal of Neuroscience published a paper stating that people who have regularly meditated for over 5 years or more have a biological age of 12 -15 years younger than those who don’t.
Boosts your mood: Meditation moves activity from right to the calmer left side of the prefrontal cortex (behind the forehead). A US study revealed that a group of stressed out employees who were taught to meditate displayed a pronounced shift in activity to the left part of the cortex, thus becoming more positive, happy and relaxed than their right thinking colleagues.
Improves memory. The parts of the cortex associated with memory and decision making functions are thicker and therefore more effective in those who meditate.
Improves sleep. An 8 week study of insomniacs who were introduced to meditation resulted in 75% of those insomniacs being able to fall asleep within 20 minutes.
Reduces disease. A study of people with heart disease who were monitored over 5 years and used meditation as a relaxation technique found that 47% were less likely to suffer heart disease symptoms.
Helps PMS symptoms. A 5 month study of women who were introduced to daily meditation resulted in a 58% decrease in PMS symptoms.