Meditation exercises: training your brain

We visit the gym to exercise our muscles to ensure that our body is healthy. Likewise, our brain also needs the same stretches and lifts to make it stronger and more resilient. Although we can’t use the same dumbbells we use to train our biceps, we could, fortunately, practice meditation exercises for our brain muscles. Surely there is a reason why we call the meditating Buddha “The Enlightened”.

Vishvamitra, an ancient Hindu sage, in deep meditation.

How our brain works

Side view of the whole human brain.

As defined by Medicine Johns Hopkins, “The brain is a complex organ that controls thought, memory, emotions, touch, motor skills, vision, breathing, temperature, hunger and all the processes that regulate our body.” It is like the central control of our body. When we were born, our brain was (but not entirely) a vast void. It developed as we grew and learned things until those learnings imprinted themselves in the crevices of our brains. Do you remember the time when you were a kid and you put all your effort and attention while buttoning your shirt? You can do this without thinking now, because this action was already imprinted in your unconscious memory.

It’s a good thing, of course, to get used to doing things without too much effort, but only if they’re good things. The beautiful brain that could master the various brush painting techniques could be the same brain that effortlessly bombards people with insults.

You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.

The phrase could be one of the reasons meditation exists. It teaches our brain to be flexible and learn new things, like when we were kids.

Benefits of meditation

According to Medical News Todaystudies have shown that “meditation can successfully counteract PTSD and reduce depression”.

Additionally, they reported:

“At the start of the study period, which lasted 3.5 months, all participants scored 44 or higher on the PCL-C test, which assesses symptoms of PTSD. These scores mean that PTSD is very In addition, mental health professionals had also diagnosed each participant with PTSD.

At the end of the study, most of the participants in the Transcendental Meditation group had PCL-C scores below 34, which is the threshold for a diagnosis of PTSD, indicating that their symptoms had completely receded.

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is commonly experienced by people who have experienced shocking, frightening, or dangerous events. These events were etched in their memories, like falling down a bottomless trench with no way to get back up. Practicing meditation involves training your cerebral biceps so that you can either carry your weight and climb back out of the trench, or use the strength of your arm to dig a new path away from where you fell.

How to meditate

According to Head spaceHere are the things you need to do to meditate effectively:

  • Engage in regular practice
  • Wear what you want comfortable
  • Forget the cross-legged sitting position; sit as you wish
  • Decide how long you want to meditate
  • Know why you want to meditate
  • Give your mind time to learn to become less distracted and more aware
  • Stay Mindful After Meditation

With all the noise, chaos and uncertainty facing the world right now, it’s easy to get carried away with fear and panic. Although meditation does not solve these problems, it could help us solve them and survive the daily struggles we face.

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