Everyone knows mediation at some form of level either intellectually or experientially, but not many people know enough about meditation as most of the people out there associate it with a cult or religion of some sort! Before we go into the benefits of meditation, let's try and cover the very basics of meditation so that you will understand the benefits from there itself.
The word meditation came from Old French word meditacioun, in turn from Latin meditatio from a verb meditari, meaning "to think, contemplate, devise, ponder". Meditation is a practice where an individual uses a technique – such as mindfulness, or focusing their mind on a particular object, thought or activity – to train attention and awareness, and achieve a mentally clear and emotionally calm and stable state. It's been stated that the yogic sages used this form of mental clarity mindful meditation to achieve enlightenment. One of the more known figures of this practice of meditation to enlightenment is Buddha himself. He achieved enlightenment through a very deep state of mind while wanting to find answers to help humanity as he was exposed later in his adult life, to poverty, death, illnesses, greed and so on. Many others have gone to seek solace to find a higher form of awareness in the everyday experience. Meditation has also been studied in various form of treatments to help treat diseases and illnesses of both mental and physical form.
When you are in constant state of inflammation, your body goes into a state of constant emotional and physical pain cycle. For some it may manifest into frequent frustration and get angered easily, sometimes moving into depression without realising. Your body takes longer than usual to recover from a light to moderate physical and in most times, accompanied by pain in certain movements which if under noticed in the early stages of acute inflammation may cause to lower your quality of life. Meditation helps to lower, manage and in some cases, you are able to better regulate stress hormones from stress and other related enviromental conditions that causes inflammation.
The vagus nerve is referred to as the emotional nerve. When we have the "gut feeling" and feel funny in our tummy from emotional response(sad or feeling over the top happy) and it's linked to our heart as well from many of the things that is attached to. The vagus nerve is also linked to the regulation of inflammation, it helps to control how much inflammation to release in our body so learning how to tone the vagus nerve is one of the more important and simple ways to help with inflammation. There's many things that help to tone the vagus nerve:
Stress is a very subtle mental aspect of our lives. We can't really see it but experience it in many ways. From relationships, environment, work, exercise and even self driven. The moment that we actually realise stress is taking its toll on our mental aspect and physical, it's usually on the higher side where your body is actually speaking to you to take control and lower the stress level. When we induce stress either by choice or not, we release adrenaline, which increases your heart rate, elevates your blood pressure and boosts energy supplies. Cortisol, the primary stress hormone, increases sugars (glucose) in the bloodstream, enhances your brain's use of glucose and increases the availability of substances that repair tissues. However, too much cortisol and not being able to bring your mind and body out of the "fight or flight" state into the rest and digest, you inhibit many systems in your body from working efficiently. You digestive system slows or stops the normal digestive rate, your blood pressure shoots up, blood vessels now are constantly constricted making blood circulation low and your heart rate goes into overdrive. That list that you just read is not an exhaustive list of what happens but you get the idea of your body system going into a shut down because it thinks that you have to stop to make way for dangerous environment, for you to run or escape the situation, only to repeat it the whole day throughout, becoming weeks and months turn into years. This may lead to other health conditions such as heart disease and other health conditions that may require a deeper more complex check to figure out the manifestations of the years stressors which is now a physical state of being. Stress also causes or promotes inflammation throughout the body, not saying it is the main factor but a higher leading factor to most of the initial health conditions.
Meditation and it's benefits:
How meditation benefits everyone
There's a song "Free you mind and the rest will follow", we believe these song is true in every sense that we need to allow the mind to take the driver's seat rather than the mind taking the seat. It drives you around and you are taken for a ride not the other way around. Meditation allows the mind to be controlled or tamed by learning how to observe how the mind works. Meditation is just a way of increasing awareness of the mind and body's connect and how it plays a role in our day to day decisions. Increasing awareness through meditation allows everyone to be happy, relaxed, and experience life in a higher sense of love and respect to everything and anything.
Many studies have been done on meditation and is now used for a wide variety of treatments from mental and physical. If you are looking to better your quality of life and looking for a change from either a stressful environment or recovering from an injury, just about whatever is negative and putting it into the positive to balance your life, try a mediation session today. It's a non-religious practice and safe enough for everyone to pick up at any phase of their life, wherever you are.