Scientific evidence for the mental health benefits of meditation continues to pile up. Studies show that meditation helps improve many different types of conditions, including depression, anxiety, chronic pain, diabetes, and high blood pressure. Meditation also can improve focus, concentration, creativity, memory, and learning and reasoning skills.
Meditation works its “magic” by changing the actual brain. Brain images show that people who meditate regularly have more activity in the left prefrontal cortex, an area of the brain associated with feelings of joy and equanimity. Meditation also increases the thickness of the cerebral cortex and encourages more connections between brain cells—all of which increase mental sharpness and ability to retain.
Meditation has been scientifically proven to be the best natural solution for both long and short term memory and here are 5 reasons why:
Meditation = Mind Strength Training: As we age, our mental capacity peaks and then begins to deteriorate. Using your mind to reach high levels of concentration & focus is central to meditation. When you practise it, you strengthen & exercise your mind to keep it in incredible shape. It works your mental muscle, prolonging the life of your brain, hence, keeping you from suffering memory loss.
Meditation Slows the Ageing Process: Stress, a huge trigger of ageing characteristics, such as memory loss, is greatly reduced when you begin a meditation program. Indeed, many doctors and scientists believe meditation to be the elusive “fountain of youth” for both the body and brain.
Meditation taps into the untapped subconscious memory stores. Meditation can help you remember things that you may have already forgotten. With no place within your brain to discard memories, memory stays stored in your brain subconsciously, and only needs to be accessed.
Often, our tools for accessing memory are what we lose. Meditation is the best way to harness the power of the subconscious mind, thereby retrieving seemingly long-forgotten information, healthily & naturally.
Meditation Stimulates Memory-associated Brain Regions: The major long-term memory and short-term memory storage centres, the Hippocampus and frontal brain lobe, both light up during meditation. By flexing your memory muscle in meditation, your information storage mechanisms multiply, ensuring that your brain retains the ability to store new memories now, and as you age.
Meditation Increases our Focus: Often, when we have memory problems, they come from our lack of attentiveness to a certain subject, such as a person’s name. By being focused and in the moment, which is what meditation teaches us to be, we can better recall important details, because we actively store them as memory and assign them significance.
If you want to upgrade your memory, it’s clear that meditation is the most robust, highly tested, dynamic way, with its benefits going far beyond the brain.
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