How Meditation Helps The Body

Meditation for anxiety

Allow me to inform you on how the mind and body works together. According to the bible it teaches us of how hand in hand the body and mind are intricately woven. I know you are saying to yourself “duh”. Please let me explain, the one cannot properly function without the other one. The mind informs the body whether good or bad, to do or not to do, except in the case regarding love. The mind takes a back seat to the matters of the heart.

According to experts such as Web MD, a soothing response [from meditation] can help lower blood pressure, reduces rapid heart rate, improves heart function, shallow breathing, and calm brain waves,” Herbert Benson says. Tension and tightness seeps from your very muscles as the body receives a quiet signal to calm down.

There’s scientific evidence that shows how meditation works. In people who are meditating, brain scans such as a MRI have shown to increase in activity in areas that control metabolism and heart rate. Many studies on Buddhism have shown that meditation produces long-lasting changes in the brain activity in areas involved in attention span, functioning memory, learning, and a knowledgeable perception.

What Is Metabolism?

Metabolism or metabolic rate can be defined as the series of chemical reactions in a living organism that create and break down energy necessary for life. More simply put, it’s the rate at which your body uses energy or burns calories.

Our bodies burn calories in several ways:

  • Through the energy required to keep the body functioning at rest; this is known as your basal metabolic rate (BMR). Your BMR is partly determined by the genes you inherit.
  • Through everyday activities
  • Through exercise

Metabolism is partly genetic and largely outside of one’s control. Changing it is a matter of considerable debate. Some people are considered lucky. They inherited genes that promote a faster metabolism and can eat more than others without gaining weight. Others are not so lucky and end up with a slow metabolism.

One way to think about your metabolism is to view your body as a car engine that is always running. When you’re sitting still or sleeping, you’re engine is idling like a car at a stop light. A certain amount of energy is being burned just to keep the engine running. Of course, for humans, the fuel source is not gasoline. It’s the calories found in foods we eat and beverages we drink — energy that may be used right away or stored (especially in the form of fat) for use later.

How fast your body’s “engine” runs on average, over time, determines how many calories you burn. If your metabolism is “high” (or fast), you will burn more calories at rest and during activity. A high metabolism means you’ll need to take in more calories to maintain your weight. That’s one reason why some people can eat more than others without gaining weight. A person with a “low” (or slow) metabolism will burn fewer calories at rest, during activity and therefore has to eat less to avoid becoming overweight.

Usually people aren’t raised to sit and meditate, studies have shown that it has gained millions of believers. Meditation can help ease pain, anxiety, worries, improve faulty heart issues, boost your mood or morale, and immunity, and even resolve pregnancy complications.

The soothing power of repetition is at the heart of meditation. Focusing on the breath, ignoring thoughts, and repeating a word or phrase – a mantra – creates the biological response of relaxation, Stan Chapman, PhD, a psychologist in the Center for Pain Medicine at Emory Healthcare in Atlanta, tells WebMD.

“Meditation is very easy to learn,” Chapman tells WebMD. “You don’t need to see a therapist over and over again to learn this. But like tennis, it’s a skill. You need to practice. In time, people develop the ability to produce these meditative, very relaxed states quickly. When they meditate several times during the day, they become more relaxed during the entire day.”

The heart muscle function is greatly improved

Conditions that’s caused or worsened by stress can be eliminated through relaxing calming techniques, or through some type of meditation practice. Those conditions are known as separation anxiety disorder, and specific phobias . Cardiologist Herbert Benson, MD, who is known for three decades of research into the health effects of meditation. Herbert Benson is also the founder of the Mind/Body Institute at Harvard Medical School’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.


So whether you call it tranquility, relaxation, calming, ambient or meditation the goal is to tap into your inner you, to heal your mind and body. To relax or soothe your anxiety and not allow the stress or anxiousness to affect your body or mind. If you have hypertension, you should take your blood pressure readings regularly, and any other medical conditions should be treated accordingly.

To treat anxiety or anxiety disorders include many things for various people. There might be people with anxiety disorders who can be treated with breathing exercises. But maybe one who has health problems will need a special type of treatment. Some sort of meditation along with a proper diet and medication to gain a better perspective on their situation.

Social Anxiety Disorder

Social situations can be good or bad, depending on the circumstances. My advice to you, when you can remove yourself from that situation if uncomfortable, do so immediately. Follow the techniques for meditation to center yourself again. Remember too much stress or anxiety is not good for your heart, your mind or soul.

A meditation video or music, deep breathes, warm relaxing water, sitting by the pool, a walk on the beach along with the beautiful ambient soothing sounds of a meditation video can allow you to center your body as it should be.