What are the benefits of meditation? 3 minute knowledge drops

Gabe Kwakyi
3 min readJan 4, 2023

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How does meditation affect the brain and body?

There is evidence that meditation can have a positive impact on the brain and the way it functions. Some potential benefits of meditation that have been observed in studies include:

  • Reducing stress and anxiety
  • Improving focus and attention
  • Increasing self-awareness
  • Reducing negative emotions and increasing positive emotions
  • Improving sleep

There are several mechanisms by which meditation may affect the brain, including:

  • Modulating the activity of certain brain regions and neurotransmitters involved in emotion regulation and attention
  • Altering brain waves and their connectivity
  • Increasing the thickness of certain areas of the brain involved in sensory and emotional processing

Meditation has been shown to have a number of potential benefits for physical health, including:

  • Reducing blood pressure
  • Improving symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Improving symptoms of psoriasis
  • Reducing chronic pain
  • Reducing inflammation

There are several mechanisms by which meditation may affect the body, including:

  • Reducing the activity of the “fight or flight” stress response, which can help to lower blood pressure and improve immune function
  • Modulating the activity of certain hormones and neurotransmitters involved in the stress response, such as cortisol and norepinephrine
  • Activating the “relaxation response,” which is the body’s natural way of combating the effects of stress

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Gabe Kwakyi

A curious mind and a passionate personal development coach, specializing in life, career, and business coaching for people in the technology and business fields