Meditation #2 – Why meditate?

Why meditate? This video introduces why it is important to meditate.

Because meditation is not easy. Indeed, it can be very hard to start a practice. But then, why starting to meditate?

It is now scientifically proven: meditation has many benefits.

Why meditate? For your brain...

First, meditation can change your brain’s structure.

Your hippocampus is the part working with memory and emotional regulation. With meditation, it gets bigger!

Your amigdala works with stress and anxiety. Practice meditation and it gets smaller!

Finally, with meditation, your brain can also produce super strong waves, such as gamma or alpha waves.

And the brain is not the only part of your body changed by a meditation practice.

Why meditate? For your body...

Indeed, with a meditation practice, your immune system gets stronger. For example, meditation activates the parasympathetic nervous system. As a consequence, cortisol, the stress hormone, is inhibited. Your body becomes able to activate its resting mode, which is what allows you to become stronger.

This is why meditate can affect your wellbeing.

So, how to get all the benefits? Well, for this, it is good to meditate everyday for 30 minutes. This can be a lot, especially if you are just starting. No worries, meditating for 2 minutes a day is a great start! Please take your time to build your practice. Don’t go too fast. Otherwise you might give up ahead of time.


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Listen to a guided meditation here!!! To learn more about meditation and start your practice, have a look at Body Mind Co videos on Youtube.

Meditation #2 – Why meditate?
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