Looking For Ways To Relax: Guided Bodyscan Meditation

February 19, 2016

Looking For Ways To Relax: Guided Bodyscan Meditation

I recently loaded to my youtube channel a guided body scan meditation. As with my other meditations, within the recording, there are plenty of silent moments for you to become fully aware of what your mind is doing when it's not focused on the sound of my voice.

Meditation is a great way to relax, but it has many other benefits that we sometimes forget. Regular meditation has been proven to reduce the brain’s “fight or flight” centre; it appears to shrink the amygdala. The amygdala is the primal region of the brain, associated with fear and emotion, and is involved in the initiation of the body’s response to stress.As the amygdala shrinks, the pre-frontal cortex – associated with higher order brain functions such as awareness, concentration and decision-making – becomes thicker/stronger.

The “functional connectivity” between these regions – i.e. how often they are activated together – also changes. The connection between the amygdala and the rest of the brain gets weaker, while the connections between areas associated with attention and concentration get stronger.

The scale of these changes depends upon the number of hours of meditation or mindfulness you undertake. Ultimately, what happens with more meditation is we build the higher-order region of the brain, and reduce our lower-order (more reactive) region of the brain. This means that rather than reacting to stress we are able to behave in a more proactive thoughtful manner.

 

For another guided meditation why not try out our guided sound meditation or if you're new to meditation then start with beginning meditation guidelines

 

Image:
Camino de Santiago, Spain.
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