28 Nov Science and mindfulness meditation
Scientific research has demonstrated the benefits of mindfulness meditation on well being and health.
Stress is the normal reaction of our body facing imminent danger. This reaction is perfectly appropriate when facing a physical threat, preparing us for a flight-or-fight response. But it is far less appropriate when facing the constraints and uncertainties in our private or professional lives.
Several studies show that meditation activates parasympathetic functions of our organism, help regulate amygdala activity and develops areas of our brain in charge of emotions regulation.
Meditation has an important impact on stress perception and on its physical symptoms.
Meditation improves divergent thinking, which is at the core of the creative process and enables generation of creative ideas. With its impact on concentration, also demonstrated in several studies, meditation also fosters more efficiency in creative tasks, which can be affected by parasitic thoughts or emotions.
Research demonstrated that meditation created structural changes in parts of the brain involved in managing concentration.
People practicing meditation are able to concentrate longer on a given activity, and let tasks fragmentation impact less their performance.
Research shows that meditation improve relationships and communication.
Meditation can improve you capacity to build and strengthen relationships with others. With more self-confidence and self-esteem, you will be able to accept people as they are and will be more able to build profound and long-standing relationships.
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