Meditation refers to a broad variety of practices. These practices aim to promote relaxation of mind, relief from stress, rejuvenate the internal life force. Numerous religious traditions and various practices promote various types of meditation. Though the practices differ, the aim of all the practices is same i.e. to achieve internal peace and bliss. Of all the practices Vipassana, the Buddhist variety of the practice, is famous all over the world. Swami Vivekananda also have devolved his own ways and techniques of meditations. But though the paths seem to be different, ultimately they lead to the same destination. Here are the reasons why people meditate-
Why People Meditate and How it Works
1. To relieve stress:-
In today’s fast life, everyone gets stressed due to hectic lifestyle. One finds meditation as a stress buster.
Students find meditation helpful as they can study with more concentration. Focused mind is like a convex lens which brings all the sun rays together burning paper. Similarly, a focused mind can do tasks so quickly and with precision.
3. Enhanced Decision making abilities:-
The mind of a person practicing meditation is calmer. A calm mind with increased self-awareness helps one to reach the most appropriate conclusion in a given scenario.
4. Source of inspiration:-
Quite a few times, one gets demoralized and de-motivated as things don’t go as planned. Here, meditation comes to rescue. Meditation has the capacity to revive oneself and inspire one’s mind to the fullest.
A rational mind may ask the question how the simple act of meditation can be so powerful. With above description, it seems a kind of panacea. Here is the science behind this phenomenal act.
1. Parasympathetic response:-
One gets stressed due to activation of the sympathetic system. Sympathetic and Parsymapthetic systems are part of the Autonomous Nervous System. They work in coordination with each other. Meditation causes the slowing down of the Sympathetic response. Thus, the secretion of hormones like cortisol and catecholamines is reduced and thus the stress is relieved. Also, it stimulates the parasympathetic system. This reduces the heart rate in turn improving the blood flow to the vital organs and periphery.
2. Neuro-physiological Effects:-
Unlike the above mentioned effects these are not yet established. Research is going on the same. It has been observed that Limbic system is involved in meditation techniques. Limbic system has significant relation to individual’s mood. Regular practice of meditation has positive effect on one’s mood and helps in breaking the “Low” or “down” which one feels due to stress and strain.