Yogis have been teaching meditation for thousands of years. Encouraging us to stop, take a deep breath, find stillness, let all tension melt away and observe. Meditation helps to promote deep relaxation on a cellular level. Although meditation has been practiced for thousands of years the hard science is only just catching up.
Studies have compared the size of brain matter in meditators and non-meditators. Areas of the brain that control stress, anxiety and depression have been shown to decrease in size and areas that are responsible for empathy and tolerance have increased in size.
Regular meditation also increases vagal tone of the vagus nerve. The vagus nerve, also known as the ‘wandering nerve’, begins at your brainstem and travels throughout several major organs in your body. Increasing your vagal tone through meditation helps to shift into your parasympathetic nervous system helping you respond better in stressful situations and living in a much calmer and relaxed state. This study sums it up perfectly: https://mosaicscience.com/story/hacking-nervous-system
“Research shows that a high vagal tone makes your body better at regulating blood glucose levels, reducing the likelihood of diabetes, stroke and cardiovascular disease. Low vagal tone, however, has been associated with chronic inflammation. As part of the immune system, inflammation has a useful role helping the body to heal after an injury, for example, but it can damage organs and blood vessels if it persists when it is not needed. One of the vagus nerve’s jobs is to reset the immune system and switch off production of proteins that fuel inflammation. Low vagal tone means this regulation is less effective and inflammation can become excessive…”
Join us for The Collective Friday, July 14th @ 7 pm. Book now HERE. The Collective was created to bring people together from all walks of life who share one common interest, to be apart of the solution.
At each session, we will put on a talk, video or documentary about meditation, mindfulness & positive thinking, enjoy each others company in the casual setting before finishing with a profound and life transformational meditation practise.