Mindfulness meditation helps to reduce the symptoms of stress, for example by reducing the secretion of cortisol, also called the "stress hormone". This process reduces the level of perceived stress and facilitates the use of coping strategies. When used in therapy with people suffering from major depression, meditation can also reduce the risk of relapse of depressive episodes, which can have a significant impact on work, family and/or personal life .
The practice of meditation has been shown to improve various cognitive functions, including attention. For example, if you ask a person who is not trained in meditation to concentrate on his or her breathing, it will only take a few seconds for the person's attention to wander. By meditating, the person will learn to improve their concentration. Meditation would also improve executive control, that is, all the processes involved in achieving a goal: selection and execution of relevant operations, inhibition of inappropriate actions, change of strategies if necessary, etc. .
People who practice meditation regularly maintain their memory longer as they age, and sometimes even improve it - especially older people. A recent study by Sonia Goulet and Carol Hudon, conducted with people aged 60 and over suffering from mild cognitive impairment, supports this view. Indeed, the subjects involved had maintained their memory abilities after having completed a meditation program of several weeks, while the memory of the control group had deteriorated during the same period .
Almost half of the population will experience insomnia at some point.
One study showed that people who participated in a meditation program stayed asleep longer and had an improvement in the severity of insomnia, compared to the control group.
Learning to meditate can help us to better control or redirect the thoughts that are racing and that are often the cause of insomnia. Meditation helps us to relax, to release tension, which helps us to fall asleep .
The practice of meditation leads to a better self-image and a more positive outlook on life. For example, a review of treatments given to more than 3,500 adults showed that meditation improved symptoms of depression.
Similarly, a meta-analysis of 18 studies showed that people receiving meditation therapies had reduced symptoms of depression compared to those in a control group .
The practice of meditation also improves our senses overall, including sight, hearing, smell, touch and taste. These senses increase in some cases significantly, to the point where we develop clairvoyance, clairaudience and clairsentience.
With regular meditation practice, there is a gradual increase in the frequency and intensity of our dreams, and we can better interpret them.
The interpretation of our dreams and the reading of everyday signs becomes more and more natural and easy. Thus, we can become more and more autonomous on a spiritual level, because by studying our dreams and signs, we are taught and continually guided through the different stages of our inner and outer life journey.
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