Meditation

Human beings have used meditation since ancient times. It aids an individual to achieve equilibrium between the mental, physical and emotional state of oneself. Also it increases an individual’s health and well-being by reducing stress, blood pressure, and symptoms of menopause and premenstrual symptoms. It is also used to treat those who suffer from depression, stress and anxiety. Meditation has helped smokers to quit smoking, alcoholics to stop alcohol, and has helped those who were addicted to drugs.

How does meditation work?

Meditation has an effect in a person’s brain waves. While meditating, the brain waves go through many stages.

 The most common brain wave in meditation is the ALPHA BRAIN WAVE that encourages change in the visceral nervous system to calm it down. These waves allow the parasympathetic nervous system to dominate the sympathetic nervous system. As a result, there is a decrease of the heart rate, hence a decrease in the blood pressure. It lowers the amount of the stress hormones such as cortisol in the body to calm the mind and body.
 
 There is an increase in the GAMMA BRAIN WAVES in the left prefrontal cortex of the brain in experienced meditation practitioners.  The left prefrontal area is associated with decreased depressive feelings and symptoms, decreased anxiety and fear and positive emotions.
  
 The third brain wave is called the THETA BRAIN WAVE. It is believed to open the “third eye” which is associated with the wisdom of an individual. This brain wave helps an individual’s creativity, makes problem solving and memorization easier as well as helping one to relax.
 
 The final brain wave that is involved with meditation is the DELTA BRAIN WAVE. This is a wave that is experienced in deep sleep. It is said to help an experienced meditation practitioner access the unconscious mind. This will aid in an individual’s ability to integrate newly learned tasks.

Meditation has nothing to offer but positive outcomes.

For more information on meditation, please contact Ravi Kiran Choudhry, Ph.D at rchoudhry@neurohealth.com or telephone at 416-674-6387

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