THE MEDITATION TOOL
WHY IT MATTERS
Many studies back up the understanding that meditation has the ability to change the body and mind in a number of ways. The benefits of meditation range from the tangible – like reduced physical pain, increased focus, and strengthened immune system – to the emotional and psychological – like feeling happier, less anxious, and more at ease with life’s circumstances. While meditation has been practiced for thousands of years, modern science has confirmed why it has so many positive impacts on us...
Meditation physically changes parts of the brain.
RESHAPING THE BRAIN FOR BETTER
A recent Harvard study found that individuals who practice mindfulness meditation subjectively reported feelings of increased focus and decreased stress. The study confirmed these findings, proving that meditation physically increases density in the learning and emotion-regulating centers of the brain. Furthermore, meditation physically decreases density in parts of the brain that recognize (and hold on to) stress, such as fear and anxiety.
Beyond these well-known attributes of meditation, we believe there’s an added bonus for individuals with medical conditions and their loved ones. The practice of meditation introduces us to the concept of awareness. As we slow down mentally and physically, we start to access what we are really feeling, emotionally. We witness how these emotions impact our behaviors, and how those behaviors impact our daily state of mind. This is especially true with negative emotions that go on to produce less-than-ideal behaviors.
Our research found the top words used to describe the relationship with illness and disability are “anxiety”, “sadness”, and “frustration”.
Given that meditation impacts regions of the brain where emotions are processed, meditation can help reduce these kinds of negative emotions. Decreasing negative emotions is not only beneficial to our well-being, but also those we care for. You might recall the power of relationships we’ve talked about before...
MEDITATING STRENGTHENS RELATIONSHIPS
Meditation helps fortify relationships by developing more clarity and compassion. By cultivating focused awareness, we can better handle stressful situations. By building compassion, we can better understand – and support – our loved ones’ emotional states. Our relationships grow stronger the more we slow down, regulate our responses, and open our hearts.
There is so much to learn from meditation. If it seems overwhelming, think of it like cleaning up a room. When we slow down or declutter the mind, we make space for new stuff. New habits and emotions form and fill in areas where old (reactive, negative, sad) emotions once were.
We know life is busy and often chaotic due to the presence of a medical condition...which makes meditation that much more important and impactful.
On the next page you will find a few meditation recordings we think you will enjoy. We show you how to practice and provide some tips for effectively adding meditation into your daily life.