Benefits of Meditation

Benefits of Meditation

Imagine if a Doctor told you… “take this pill, it’ll make you calmer, happier, healthier, and more productive”. You’d never miss a dose! Well, meditation has been an area of interest for researchers since the 1950s and even more so in the last decade. There are now literally thousands of scientific studies which all give rise to the countless benefits that regular meditation has on our health and well-being. Here are some of them: Increased focus and attention (see here, here and here) Improved learning ability and memory (see here) Enhanced decision-making ability Increased productivity (see here) Greater creativity (see here) Enhanced ability to process information Decreased feelings of anxiety (see here and here) Lower tendency to worry Reduced anger Decreased stress (see here and here) Enhanced mood and emotional stability (see here and here) Improved sleep (see here) Higher longevity Improved immune function (see here and here) Increased happiness (see here and here) So, what are you waiting for? Make a recurring reservation...
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Did You Know?

Research has shown that meditation can help us live longer… Meditation slows down the rate of cellular ageing: Telomeres are the protective caps at the ends of chromosomes and their length is an indicator of biological age. Telomere length shortens with chronological age, can predict risk factors for cardiovascular disease (CVD) independent of age, and is shortened in people with age-related diseases, including atherosclerosis and diabetes. Stress appears to influence the rate of telomere shortening. The cellular enzyme telomerase is an important part of the body’s maintenance system for these telomeres, and meditation has shown to increase activity of telomerase. Meditation increases levels of DHEA: DHEA is a hormone associated with youth and vigour, and it’s levels in the body naturally decrease with age. Meditation has been shown to increase the body’s own levels of DHEA naturally. For the scientists among us, links to specific research papers can be found here, here, and...
Meditate to #getcentred

Meditate to #getcentred

Of course, how could we go through our #getcentred series without mentioning meditation? We are a meditation studio after all… Meditation is an extremely powerful way to get centred and improve our overall wellbeing. Let’s face it – most of us are pretty stressed out! And we have reason to be. We live in a hectic world. We are subject to constant demands and pressures by our bosses, our colleagues, our clients, our partners, our parents, our children, and the list goes on. What’s more, our senses are over-stimulated all day every day – visually by our computers, phones, TVs, and billboards, and audibly by traffic, music, construction, and alarms to name a few. Our fight or flight mode is continuously being triggered during the day as we react to perceived (mostly psychological) danger. And this has detrimental effects on our bodies. The question is – how does meditation help? Meditation elicits the relaxation response. This is the process of de-escalating the stress response and inducing relaxation through the activation of the parasympathetic nervous system. Whilst the relaxation response is a normal and natural response that the body does automatically, it can also be voluntarily elicited when we choose it to be, such as when we sit down to meditate. In this state, our body literally begins to repair itself. Here’s how: Breathing becomes slower and deeper; Blood pressure reduces; Digestion improves; Stress hormones decrease; Immune system improves; Mental clarity heightens; Memory enhances; Concentration improves; Productivity is boosted; Muscles relax; Calm is experienced. Our mission at Centred Meditation is to make meditation as easy as possible to wind into your...
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Research has shown that meditation can help improve sleep. In a study on older adults with sleep disturbances, a meditation program for 6 weeks saw significant improvements in their ability to fall and stay asleep. Patients from another study with chronic primary insomnia indicated improvements in sleep latency, total sleep time, total wake time, wake after sleep onset, sleep efficiency, sleep quality and depression. In general, hyperarousal is a causative factor in insomnia. Meditation triggers the relaxation response in the body, which is the polar opposite of the fight/flight response. For the scientists among us, links to specific research papers can be found here, here, here, and...
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Research has shown that meditation increases your ability to control cravings: It reduces activity in the posterior cingulate cortex of the brain, which allows the mind to engage in moment-by-moment sensory experience instead of mindless addictive behaviour; It increases activity in the anterior cingulate cortex of the brain, which assists in self-regulation; It improves your ability to experience cravings without the need to react to them; It decreases stress which often is the cause of turning to these sorts of behaviours; It enables you to realise that you are not your thoughts, and they don’t have to control you; It increases your decision making ability. For the scientists among us, links to specific research papers can be found here, here, here, and...
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Photo credit: Seb Ruiz. Research has shown that meditation increases your ability to cope with demands and pressure, aka stress: It improves your ability to regulate your emotions; It improves your ability to introspect; It decreases anxiety; It decreases depression; It increases volume in areas of the brain related to emotion regulation, positive emotions & self-control. For the scientists among us, links to specific research papers can be found here, here, here, here, here ...