We all hear that meditation helps reduce stress levels and relieve anxiety on a regular basis. But whether these benefits are scientific or all in our minds (puns are not intended) was controversial. A new study published in Biological Psychiatry has finally provided evidence suggesting that meditation can actually alter our neural function and combat the imaginary fears that characterize anxiety attacks.
Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School request 42 participants in an eight-week yoga and meditation course designed to reduce stress. They also asked a control group of 25 participants who will complete an eight-week course in which they dedicated to the clear aerobic exercise and learned about the impact of stress. MRI cerebral discovery trips have shown that those who have the Yoga and Meditation course have changes in the hippocampus, the area of the brain related to learning and emotions, in a way that helped help their feelings of unreal or imaginary threat.
"The training of full attention can improve the regulation of emotion, although changing the neurobiological answers related to our ability to remember that a stimulus is no longer threatened," Sevinc Gunes, a doctoral member of research in the Department of Psychiatry in the Psychiatry Department The General Hospital of Massachusetts and the Harvard School of Medicine and the Harvard School of Medicine the study said in a press release. "The data suggest that full attention is also to improve our ability to remember this new and less scared response to these stimuli, and break the habit of anxiety."
According to Sevinc, Full-handed meditation work in the same way as exposure therapy, which exposes individuals to stimuli who fear in a safe environment to help them "gradually learn that these stimuli are no longer a threat." Sevinc added: "The meditation of full attention gives a similar context and therefore you can create an opportunity to learn that certain thoughts and sensations are not dangerous."
It sounds very scientific, sure. But, as Omri Kleinberger, chief executive and the founder of corporate meditation and the Ometa-yoga company in New York City, explains that conscious meditation simply allows us to better monitor our thoughts and thereby regulate our emotional responses. "Imagine that instead of believing that you are your thoughts, you look like an external observer," Kleinberger said. "During an anxious episode it is common that people think things, everything falls apart and I have no control over it. Every time he thought it, it strengthened caused emotions to stress with her. In meditation, you learn to be careful more aware Of your thoughts, so when you experience a negative thought, you can recognize it as nothing more than a thought, and let it go. "