Meditation is not the same as watching TV.

During meditation, a particular physiological response is triggered in the body known as the relaxation response, a term coined by Dr Herbert Benson.

The relaxation response is the process of de-escalating the stress response and inducing deep relaxation through the activation of the parasympathetic nervous system.

In this state, the following physiological reactions begin to occur:

  • Breathing becomes slower and deeper;
  • Heart rate decreases;
  • Blood pressure reduces;
  • Slow alpha waves in the brain increase;
  • Digestion improves;
  • Stress hormones decrease;
  • Immune system improves;
  • Mental clarity heightens;
  • Memory enhances;
  • Concentration improves;
  • Productivity is boosted;
  • Muscles relax;
  • Calm is experienced.

You can understand why putting your body into this state regularly would be a good thing, right? Well it sure is indeed. Meditation has been an area of interest for researchers since the 1950s and even more so in the last decade . There are now thousands of scientific studies which all give evidence to the countless benefits that regular meditation has on our health and well-being.

Some of the benefits of meditation include:

  • Increased focus and attention;
  • Improved learning ability and memory;
  • Enhanced decision making ability;
  • Increased productivity;
  • Greater creativity;
  • Improved ability to multi-task;
  • Enhanced ability to process information;
  • Decreased feelings of anxiety;
  • Lower tendency to worry;
  • Reduced anger;
  • Decreased stress;
  • Enhanced mood and emotional stability;
  • Improved sleep;
  • Higher longevity;
  • Improved immune function;
  • Increased happiness.

It’s pretty mind-boggling, huh?! Put simply, if meditation was a form of medication, it would be being prescribed left, right and centre! So what are you waiting for? Reserve your armchair now.