Research suggests that the more you practice meditation, your capacity to understand and absorb information, adaptability to any situation in your life, and remembering a series of events is improved. The reason for this is that meditation is a form of exercise for our brain. It is not just one of the best brain exercise but the very best training for our brain.
Students have a love-hate relationship with their studies. Perhaps this is caused by factors such as stress and the pressures of academic life. Not to mention the connection between parents and other members of the family, plus friends and peers who all have something to contribute to the success of the student.
As a student, it is crucial for you to retain information, understand the lesson very well, be focused on the course for a specified period, and to have an anxiety-free experience to achieve high grades. No matter how old you are, how difficult your lessons are, how competent your professors are, meditation will always have magnifying results.
Here are some of the explanations of why meditation is encouraged to students:
It Makes Your Brain Achieve Its Best State
Have you ever wonder that sometimes you can absorb your lessons very well and sometimes you can’t? It is due to the state of our brain whether it is relaxed or not. Meditation enhances the performance of Alpha brainwaves which is the predominant state of learning, memorizing, studying, and recollecting vast amounts of information. This makes your brain remarkably calm, yet alert, with laser-like focus. You can quickly absorb the information given to you and can still remember it even for an extended period. During your everyday activities, your brain has different precisely measurable states such as during sleep, working, exercising and studying. You can have your best learning state at any time with meditation.
Saundra Jain, PsyD, LPC, believes that meditation is effective in increasing a person’s gray matter volume in the four areas of his brain. She says, “Mindfulness meditation practices are effective interventions, and sometimes for mild to moderate conditions—depression and anxiety—super-effective as front lines.”
It Makes Both Hemispheres Work Together
The two hemispheres of our brain have their function. The left brain is responsible for our analytic thought, logic, reasoning, science and math, and number skills while the right brain functions are for our art awareness, creativity, intuition, insight, imagination, holistic thoughts, and musicality. Mostly, one hemisphere of our brain is used dominantly than the other creating an imbalance. We can observe that most of us excel in one field but fail on the other. Creative people often verbalize that they find science and math very hard to understand. Math geniuses mostly have poor handwriting. People who can sing find numbers uninteresting. It is essential to synchronize our whole brain, so meditation is advised to all of us. It was found out that successful people use both parts of their brain in harmony.
Andrea Gurney, a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, wrote in an article about kids practicing meditation: “Kids who practice meditation and mindfulness reap a host of benefits, including but not limited to increased focus, self-control, coping strategies, emotional regulation, and better relationships.”
It Stimulates Learning Associated Brain Regions
Meditation stimulates the hippocampus and the frontal which are parts of that brain that are highly active during memory storage and recall. By encouraging these parts of the brain, our ability to memorize, store and recollect vast sums of information multiplies. Scientists conclude that the implications of meditation to our mind are huge; thus, it is considered as the very best brain exercise that everyone can do.
Encouraging meditation for students improved their behavior, particularly towards their studies. Part of the benefits of the continuous practice of meditation is the decrease in suspension rates among troubled students. They imbibe a positive outlook on life and knows how to handle stressful situations without raging havoc. Students who are not in despicable conditions are most likely to finish and gain access to a better future by finding a good job to start with. Also, one great factor in the students’ success in life is linked to their performance in school.
“They not only provide a sense of calm, they can also create positive effects on the nervous system. They may even lead to noted physiological improvements, such as slowed breathing and decreased heart rate and blood pressure. These techniques are some of the best ways to improve physical and mental health. Even better? They typically have no negative side effects.” – Megan MacCutcheon, LPC.