Meditating For Just 20 Minutes A Day Reverses Ageing…. Here’s Why
In my last blog I spoke about how your thoughts can control how you feel, for better or worse.
In this blog I’d like to share with you some of the evidence behind the power of meditation, as a tool for changing your thoughts, and with it, your life.
Meditation has been studied for many years, far less years than it has been practiced! Ancient cultures have known the benefits without the need for scientific proof, but science is finally catching up and is providing exciting insights into how we can use this simple technique to improve our lives.
I’m not sure if you’ve noticed, but your mind keeps thinking… all… the… time… talking to itself, evaluating, arguing with itself, just non stop. This is known as your analytical mind.
This kind of constant mind chatter tends, for most people, to be negative chatter, and it actually keeps you programmed to think negatively. Not only that, but while you are thinking this way, your body is producing hormones of stress, which are floating around your body, creating all sorts of havoc with your body systems. Science leaves no doubt on this – stress causes disease and death.
So how do you break the cycle?
Enter meditation benefit #1. It takes some practice, but you learn to slow, and eventually stop, the mind chatter. Not only is this liberating, but it slows the release of stress hormones in your body, immediately improving your health and your longevity.
The physical changes to your brain are astounding. Once upon a time it was thought that brain and nerve cells could not regenerate. Now we know that the brain is “plastic”, or in other words, it not only can regenerate but it can mould itself to adapt to whatever circumstances demand.
People who meditate regularly actually increase their brain size! Areas of the brain associated with learning, memory, decision making and emotional regulation increased, while other areas associated with fear, anxiety, pain, aggression and stress reduced. These changes have been seen in research groups of people who have never meditated after only 8 weeks!
The short story to this is that if you want to shave years off your brain’s age, start meditating!
Brain researchers have used extensive brain scans to evaluate what is actually occurring in the brain during meditation. They have tracked the difference between waking brain wave patterns (beta brain wave patterns), and the different stages of meditation. First, your brain slips into alpha, which is like a heightened sense of awareness. As you go deeper into meditation, you’ll experience the theta brainwave state.
In theta, your thinking or analytical mind is essentially switched off. Instead, you become super aware of your subconscious mind. During this state, your autonomic nervous system, or your body’s control system, becomes activated. This is where you can program your mind to what you want, rather than being at the mercy of your analytical mind’s chatter.
The autonomic nervous system has two branches, the sympathetic and the parasympathetic. It’s like your automatic nervous system – it doesn’t require you to do or think anything to function. Your autonomic nervous system is what keeps your heart beating, your brain working, your digestion functioning, your muscles moving, all without your conscious input.
The sympathetic branch is active when you are stressed, so, in most people, this is the dominant branch most of the time. The parasympathetic branch doesn’t get much of a chance to work it’s healing magic for many people.
However, during meditation the parasympathetic branch is able to become active, and it creates a deeply restful state. During this time, it can work to balance and heal all the systems of your body – your digestion, your nervous system (which includes your mental health), your cardiovascular system, and more. In fact, research has shown that during this deeply meditative state, your body can actually signal new genes for healing disease. It’s almost like an upgrade to your operating system!
If you’re ready to start making changes in your life, it just requires a simple choice. Are you going to keep doing the same things and thinking the same way, and getting the same outcome, or are you ready for something greater in your life?
Do you have a health condition that you’d like to shift, or an emotional situation that you feel stuck in? Are you being hounded by persistent old thoughts from your past? Do you find yourself in a situation where you feel like you’ve tried everything but nothing has changed?
It just takes a choice, a simple decision, to try something different.
I’ve studied these theories for many years, and have personally witnessed amazing changes in people who step boldly and bravely into their futures, by making a new choice.
It’s as simple as following a tried and tested formula that I can share with you. Just 20 minutes a day can make a huge difference!
I enjoy guiding people through this “river of change” and would love to invite you to work with me to change your life. Allow me to guide you through what I’ve studied and experienced in order to ease the path for you.
Call me today to discuss what areas of your life you’d like to change, and let’s put together a plan for your new life! I offer a free 20 minute phone consultation so we can chat about how I can help you. Book here: https://kushhealth.com.au/ask-a-naturopath/