How The Power Of Meditation Can Affect Your Body (INFOGRAPHIC & VIDEO)

We all know that meditation helps us relax, focus and reach a higher level of consciousness but do we know what it does to our bodies from a scientific perspective? Well, I found a video that explains how exactly meditation affects our bodies.

A little bit of history…

For thousands of years, people have been practicing meditation for different reasons. It seems that in Indus Valley in India, archeologists have discovered proof of meditation in the form of wall art, dating from about 5,000 to 3,000 BCE.

The drawings exhibited people sitting on the ground with their legs crossed and their hands resting on their knees. They also found meditation techniques described in Indian manuscripts dating back to approximately 3,000 years ago.

As time went by, many religions and cultures embraced the basic concepts of meditation. They included different forms of meditation in their customs. Nowadays, meditation is practiced all over the world and in the past year only, over 20 million Americans adults have practiced meditation.

The scientific power of meditation

Apparently, it all starts in the brain. Meditation increases neural activity in some sections of the brain, decreasing anxiety and depressions while increasing pain tolerance. It can also help reduce negativity, sadness and anger.

Meditation stimulates the Default Mode Network (DMN). DMN is known to be a series of regions in the brain that are active when a person doesn’t focus on the outside world, and the mind is at rest. It is proved to help improve self-awareness, memory and goal setting.

Those facts are only a small part of this incredible video created by Mitchell Moffit and Gregory Brown, the guys behind AsapSCIENCE. I really love those videos because they answer in a fun and creative way a lot of deep, profound questions.

Check out the video below to learn all the wonderful benefits of meditation, explained scientifically:

Four meditation techniques

I thought it would be interesting to learn a few meditation techniques. So I found this infographic, created by APage at Health Central. This infographic explains 4 methods of meditation:

  • Zen method
  • Mindfulness method
  • Qigong method
  • Mantra method

Since I am a beginner myself, I didn’t know there were different methods of meditation. I thought that you had to sit with your legs crossed, chanting “Om” and that was it. Well, I guess I was wrong!

According to a study from the San Francisco State University, it seems that choosing the meditation technique that is best suited for you is crucial to achieving optimal results. The researchers also say that you should try different methods until you find the one that’s most effective for you. That way, you are less likely to quit!

The study was done by teaching 4 meditation methods to 247 persons and then asked to practice at home. They had to tell which method they liked best.

The two most simple techniques, Mantra and Mindfulness, were the ones preferred by 31% of the participants while Qigong and Zen were chosen by 22% and 14.8% of the participants, respectively. So here are the four meditation techniques used in the study.

Click on infographic to enlarge

Meditation infographic

Over to you

Do you meditate? If not, do you plan on starting to meditate soon? If you do, what techniques do you practice? And what benefits do you get from it?

I have never meditated, but I plan on trying it out some day! I am a very nervous person, so I think it would help me be calmer and at peace with myself. Please, share your thoughts in the comment box below. I’d like to know what you think!

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6 thoughts on “How The Power Of Meditation Can Affect Your Body (INFOGRAPHIC & VIDEO)

  1. Great article, Nataly. Yes, I am a meditator. I use Zen methods which I find liberating. Meditation helps me detox and keep myself grounded. Mind you, sometimes it doesn’t always help but then that is when I’m beyond self-help. I even meditate at work when my day is going to rough. A quick few minutes in the bathroom with breathing exercises can help clear my head and get me back into my game. I highly recommend meditation to everyone. I’ve been trying to get my hubs to do it but I think he’s a loss cause. 🙂

    Passing it along girly. Happy Monday!

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    1. Thanks, gf! I remember you telling me that you meditate. I really should start meditating! I don’t know why, but I always postpone it, for some reason.

      Thanks a lot for taking the time to read my post and comment. Happy hump day! 🙂

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  2. Love this post Nataly! I try to meditate in the morning but there are times when I get up and get straight to work. But when I do, it really does relax me and slow down my thoughts that are going a mile a minute.

    I love this infographic…it’s a great explanation of how beneficial meditating is.

    I like to sit outside and just listen to the birds….but then suddenly I hear cars zooming by or sirens. I can’t wait til we move to the suburbs to get real quiet, then I’d really be outside meditating. 🙂

    Yes, you should definitely try meditating, it will do you a world of good gf!

    Have a great week and month Nataly! Talk soon. 🙂

    Cori

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    1. I know what you mean! When I get up, I always start doing stuff and I guess that should be the best time to meditate. I know this would be helpful for relaxing.

      I am glad that you liked the infographic. I used to live in the country and we moved when the kids were teenagers so they could be near friends and activities. When we retire, I would love to go back to the country! This would be perfect to relax and meditate outside like you said.

      Thanks for stopping by and for commenting, gf. Happy hump day! 🙂

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  3. Hello Nataly Madam,

    Meditation is a way to reduce our stress. Yes, I do meditation everyday. But I don’t get time to do it in the morning. So I always do it after come back from office and I use Zen Method of Meditation. You have designed such a wonderful infographic. Thanks so much for sharing this article.

    Thanks and regards,

    Moumita Ghosh

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    1. Hi Moumita,

      Welcome to my site! Meditation is a great way to reduce our stress. I can understand not having time to do it in the morning, but doing it at another time in the day is just fine too. I plan on starting meditating soon and Zen method is the method I’ll do.

      Thanks a lot for stopping by and for your comment! Have a great weekend! 🙂

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