When you take a deep breath, these are the areas of the brain that are affected by meditation in a lot of ways:
This is the highly evolved part of your brain which is responsible for self-conscious awareness, emotions, planning and reasoning. When you meditate, the frontal cortex seems to go offline.
This is the area of your brain that process sensory information around your surrounding world. It orients you to time and space. When you go on meditation, the parietal lobe activity slows down.
Thalamus is the gatekeeper of your senses. This organ focuses your attention by transmitting sensory data deep into your brain and stops other signal in the track. Meditation help decrease the flow of the incoming information on a drip.
This is the brain’s patrol guard. The reticular formation receives the incoming stimuli and alerts your brain to respond on the stimulus. When you meditate it dials back the arousing signal.
The study conducted by Sarah Lazar Ph. D., the senior lead author of the study mentioned that their research demonstrate that the brain structure changes – this underlie the reported improvements that people are not just feeling better but because they spend time to relax.
You can watch the video of Sarah Lazar, Ph. D explaining how meditation affects the brain activity here.
The Bigger Picture of Societal Benefits
When you consider the benefits of meditation, you can start to imagine how different your world might seem like if most of the people began doing regular meditation. Will the increase in empathy, care, happiness and mindfulness for others create an impact to your world? How about better memory and reduced stress?
There are many unhealthy practices that are rampant in the society like drug use, smoking, drinking, television, use of pharmaceutical drugs and so on, are seen as generally acceptable. Imagine what would happen if a portion of this time doing destructive things to the mind and body is replaced by doing meditation? Can you imagine the outcome?
Definitely, these are some nice things to ponder when you realize that most of the issues of today stem back from lack of mindfulness. You need to take over of egoist individuality where you easily lose sight of your actions that may affect others and or you may easily get caught up when you take things personally. Studies have demonstrated that meditation makes people become more connected and compassionate with others.
As you observe, many of the day to day challenges stem from seeing others as a burden to your lives. Is it fair enough to say that seeing beyond your perceived perceptions and gaining connection with others could create a joyous and peaceful reality?
Many of the world’s problems are not due to the structures around you that may present limitations. But it is your mindset or consciousness that acts as the basis of your world and it is the one who creates this experience. To change your world, you need to change your mindset, your worldview or consciousness.
This would trigger an understanding how you create and live your world. Instead of operating from the programming and belief that you have today, you could remove that away and create a space connected to your real selves and to your heart. Something that you can do that could dramatically change the world you live in.