Our brain and meditation
Brain: In our brains, the overworked amygdala, a little center in the middle of the brain that is very handy when in REAL life or death danger, but also trigger our fear and anger response send out action messages to all our stress hormones. This leads to adrenal fatigue and illness. Our bodies get worn out prematurely due to stress. Each day we are hearing more and more about the serious effects stress has on our health and well-being.
When In “fight or flight”, your body releases adrenaline and the “stress hormone” cortisol, diverts blood away from your digestive tract, leaving you less able to digest food and absorb nutrients and more likely to gain weight. This, by the way, is also bad news for your brain, which needs a constant flow of glucose to function properly. Poor digestion leaves you at higher risk for poor decisions at work, in your business, and with your finances.
In this physiological “crisis mode,” you’re more vulnerable to pain—from chronic illness, arthritis, fibromyalgia, migraines, stomach upset, and more. Yet another distraction depleting your energy and preventing you from making positive progress toward your dreams and goals!
In this state of heightened physiological “alert,” your brain’s creative center is deemed “non- essential” and shuts down. Down goes your problem solving, your creative skills, your intuition… and maybe also your bottom line.
Cat scans done on people with 10.000 hours or more of a meditation practice show significant more open path ways from the old brain to the frontal cortex than with most of us. In other words people who meditate a lot have a better use of their brains, are calmer and very much happier!