So what is meditation? I’m one of those people that need to know every little detail about something that I’ll be doing. Not because I’m worried about side affects, but because I’m curious. So the first thing I will do, after Googling it of course, is looking up the definition. The definition of “meditate” is to engage in thought or contemplation. To reflect. Another definition is, is a practice in which an individual trains the mind or induces a mode of consciousness, either to realize some benefit or as an end in itself. Well by looking up the definition, that puts a different spin on what meditation is compared to what we think it is. Anyone new to meditation thinks of it as something that is time consuming and difficult because you have to much going on in your head. Well lets try to change your mind on the subject. Let’s look at the health benefits. We work and socialize in a very high stress environment. We, well most of us, have kids, jobs, spouses, family, school, and so on. These are going to be our basic stresses. Then lets add in people’s attitudes, maybe a loss of a job, or the sickness or death of a family member, whatever wouldn’t be a typical thing that we would deal with on a daily basis. These stresses and anxieties can make us very sick mentally, physically, and spiritually. In today’s world, we try to cover up and deal with these stresses with medications, alcohol, and even drugs or cigarettes. Imagine if we could change how we handle stress and anxiety with just basic meditation. Meditation can help with depression, anxiety, memory loss, alertness and help regulate emotions. It can also help by reducing physical pain, improving sleep, lowering blood pressure, help with weight loss and gain, and reduce sickness.How does meditation help improve our health? It’s actually pretty scientific really. Meditation changes our brainwaves. What are brainwaves you ask? Well that’s even MORE scientific! As quoted on Brain Works (in case you want to check out the website, www.brainworksneurotherapy.com), “At the root of all our thoughts, emotions and behaviors is the communication between neurons within our brains. Brainwaves are produced by synchronized electrical pulses from masses of neurons communication with each other”. There are five different types of brainwaves. Alpha, Beta, Theta, Gamma, and Delta. ALPHA WAVES: (You need to be in Alpha to be able to connect and “hear” spirit) These brainwaves are the most common brainwaves that occur at the beginning of meditation. They occur when we are relaxed and calm. They provide the following health benefits: Calm the autonomic nervous system. Lower blood pressure and heart rate. Calm the mind by lowering the production of stress hormones, particularly cortisol in the body. Encourage weight gain over a long period of time. Promote relaxation, non arousal and hypnosis. Even having a mental state in Alpha for moments at a time, can cause the following: Balanced mood, calmness, creativity, daydreaming, decreased focus, flow state of mind- being calm and focused at the same time, boost immune system, help peak performance, positive thinking, problem solving, relaxation, produce serotonin, slower visual acuity, and visualization. If you have a difficult time because of anxiety, getting into Alpha state, you can talk to your doctor about anxiety medications that can help. Try a few times before using medications as last resort. BETA WAVES: These waves become active when the brain is working on a goal oriented task, such as planning an event or pondering over an issue. They help provide the following: Help create awareness. Improve concentration. Help logical thinking and extroversion. Promote active conversation.THETA WAVES: These waves are associated with sleep, deep relaxation (like hypnotic relaxation), and visualization. They become prominent when doing any task that is automatic, like driving, folding laundry, shampooing your hair, etc. They are also present in daydreaming and paranormal phenomena. These waves provide the following benefits: Positive mental state. Deep sense of relaxation and encourage creativity. Improve problem solving skills and memorization. Improve focus and concentration. Strengthen mental connection. Promote a balanced and calm state of being by lowering stress and anxiety.GAMMA WAVES: These waves increase during mediation. They are involved in higher mental activity and consolidation of information. These are associated with intense focus and are weak in normal brain activity. They provide the following: Decreased anxiety and fear, and increase in positive emotion. Decrease depressive feelings and symptoms.DELTA WAVES: These brainwaves are the slowest in meditation. They are associated with the deepest stages of sleep. Deep sleep is extremely important to a healthy body and mind. The benefits of meditation of Delta waves are: Increase the production of two anti-aging hormones, such as DHEA and melatonin. Promotes compassion and empathy and increases social intelligence and avoid conflict. Rejuvenate mind and body by regenerating chemicals used while awake, Increases the release of human growth hormones (HGH). Improves sleep. Facilitates quick healing. Wow that’s a lot of information! Imagine how long that video would have been. Well I hope that by reading this, it has given you a new perspective on the benefits of meditation. You can’t really beat it since it’s free right? Now we just have to work on when you can meditate, but that’s for the next post. Thank you everyone for taking your time to read such a long post. I really hope you learned something.