Meditation helps you get rid of stress in your body—but did you also know that it helps your improve your productivity and your brain power?
Unlike exercise, when you meditate, you slow down your metabolic rate. Your breathing slows, your body temperature cools and this act of meditating gives the body deep rest—rest that’s proven to be even more deeply beneficial to your body than sleep.
When you give your body this profound rest, the body becomes better able to heal itself. Most notably, the body can better heal the ills associated with stress.
Two Major Benefits of Mantra Meditation
1. We become better versions of ourselves through Mantra Meditation
Meditation improves and optimizes all the bodily systems, so that they can function as they’re meant to function.
Vedic meditation, which is also described as mantra meditation (or transcendental meditation), is one of the most effective ways of cleansing the body of stress, while making us smarter and more creative at everything we do.
Vedic means knowledge of nature. It’s the knowledge of the flow of nature. When we have a Vedic awareness we can get on board with this flow of nature as it’s doing it’s thing. When people start meditating they start experiencing more synchronicity and more serendipity. They’re more attuned to the natural rhythms of the universe. Vedic meditation uses a Bija, or seed mantra, and the sound quality of the mantra induces this deep rest that’s so incredibly healing.
When there’s less stress roaming around in our bodies, we perform much better—with whatever we do in life. Whether you are a stay-at-home mum or the CEO of a Fortune 500 company, meditation simply makes us better at what we do. We so often think that we need to be slightly or totally stressed out in order to be productive. However, this is an outdated mindset and simply does not hold true.
Stress and distress don’t make us more creative, they tend to make us more irrational. It’s like when we’re rushing around and can’t find our sunglasses because they’re on the top of our head.
We get irrational because our body reacts to stress as if it were being chased by a saber-toothed tiger. It’s an old and outdated adaptive response. Your body and brain are using so much energy to fight off this imaginary tiger, that it can’t deal with the actual task at hand.
2. We access and align the power of our left brain with our right brain through Mantra Meditation
Now, here’s where it gets really interesting. In our normal states of consciousness (when we’re eating, sleeping or dreaming), the right brain and the left brain are functioning separately from one another. Each side of the brain is essentially doing its own thing.
But in the fourth state of consciousness, also referred to as transcendence (which happens when we’re meditating with mantra), all the points on the left brain and all the points on the right brain begin to rise and fall in unison. This is so totally cool because in our current day and age, we’re trained to use our left brains way more than our right brains, which leads us with less than optimally functioning brains.
Our left brains are in charge of the past and future. They’re in charge of language, critical thought, and analytical thought. Most humans on the planet today don’t use their creative right brain, leaving it in a state of atrophy because we hardly ever engage with that side of our mental abilities—or at least not nearly as much as we use our left brains.
When we practice mantra meditation, it’s as if we’re taking our right brains for a good workout at the gym. This is really great because the right brain is in charge of creativity, intuition, connection, music, and creative problem solving.
When we take our right brain to the gym, the left and right brain start talking to each other. The right brain becomes more active and balanced, and our gut feelings are more available, as are problem-solving solutions when we’re in the heat of a challenging moment. You can be in a high demand fight or flight moment and simultaneously have access to a healing and creative solution making power.
If we want to enhance our lives, beginning a mantra meditation practice is an absolute no-brainer!