Effects of Guided Meditation on the Amygdala Brain and Body
• You are overwhelmed and tired.
• You do not recover from illness and exhaustion as well as you used to.
• You are unable to contribute to life at home or at work to the fullest.
• Your business is losing a ton of money to stress-related health care payouts and sick days.
You have heard of the health benefits of guided meditation, but it seems a bit too mystical for a serious person like yourself. You can breathe easy – meditation has some impressive science behind it. More and more major companies and people of influence are integrating meditation into their lives. Not only does it have positive effects on the amygdala and the brain, but it also aids the body.
The Cost of Stress
Forbes magazine recently highlighted that workplace stress is at the heart of up to $190 billion in U.S. healthcare costs every year(*1). To put that in perspective, consider this: General Motors spends more on health care than on steel!(*2)
The US Government Backs Meditation
The effectiveness of meditation is being recognised in some big-time circles… like the U.S. government.
The Telegram(*3) investigated how U.S. Congressman Tim Ryan found that if he kept up the pace of top-drawer U.S. politics he was “just going to end up a mess.” He began to practice meditation. When he managed to fit it into each day, benefits included him being able to remain calmer – even in the face of conflict. However, he was not yet disciplined enough to set aside meditation time on an everyday basis.
“He stumbled upon work done by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn, founder of the internationally-acclaimed Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. A five-day mindfulness retreat changed his life(*3).”
By working with an experienced meditation teacher, you can learn all the skills you need to integrate meditation into your daily life.
The Amygdala and Frontal Lobe
The primal brain is the oldest part of the brain and is what drives our survival instincts. As the primal brain influences the whole brain, it is important to understand it.
Amygdala (Temporal Lobe) – The amygdala is what activates the fight, flight or freeze. Have you ever jumped when someone startled you? And, perhaps even responded quite harshly towards them? This is the amygdala working to protect you from something it perceives to be life-threatening. In a flash, it floods the brain with adrenaline and cortisol(*4).
Frontal Lobe – Have you ever met someone who always seems to be grounded? Someone who, even under the greatest stress is level-headed? If their brain were to be examined, you would likely discover that their frontal lobe is exercised regularly(*6). The frontal lobe influences(*4,5):
• Emotional control and emotional intelligence.
• Reasoning and logic.
• Planning and problem-solving.
The Benefits of Guided Meditation
Meditation Helps Keep the Amygdala in Check and Exercise the Frontal Lobe
Guided meditation teaches you how to exercise the frontal lobe. As you continue your practice, you will discover that your responses become less reactive. Rather than responding with heightened emotions (amygdala overload), you can start calling on reason and logic.
Meditation has positive effects on other parts of the brain and body as well(*4):
• Reduce blood pressure and stress on the cardiovascular system.
• Improve emotional control.
• Increase concentration.
• Manage pain and fatigue.
Become the Version of Yourself You Want to be
Meditation Benefits You
So, how do you ease your way into daily meditations? Like any other physical or mental practice – it is best to begin under the guidance of an expert. Luckily, Meditation in Sydney is home to such expertise.
Meditation in Sydney by Senka – Your Guide and Teacher
Meditation in Sydney by Senka works with earth element healing, an ancient practice dating back to the oldest philosophy from the Vedic Scriptures.
When we are healthy, we have a connection to the five major elements that surround us all the time (earth, fire, air, sky, and water). They provide energy which we use to calm and heal ourselves. When you are stressed, you lose the ability to connect with these elements, throwing both your mind and body out of balance.
During your class, your guide will assist you to reach a relaxed state by reintroducing the earth element into your being through your third eye. This process (called “shaktipat”) will purge toxicity and cleanse your mind, leaving you relaxed and far more energetic.
The meditation benefits you receive will help you become the version of yourself that you want to be – relaxed, giving, innovative, receptive, healthy, and energetic.
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References *1. Denning, S. How Stress Is The Business World's Silent Killer. Forbes Magazine. 2018. *2. Finlay, S. GM Is Getting Sick of High Health-Care Costs. Wards Auto. 2004. *3. Thompson, E. Panel at UMass Extols Life-Enhancing Benefits of Meditation. The Telegram. 2015. *4. Moyer, N. Amygdala Hijack: When Emotion Takes Over. Healthline. 2019. *5. Chapman, SB. Go Full Frontal to Be Smart. Psychology Today. 2013.