The Connection Between Neuroscience And Meditation
Meditation is probably one of the most popular forms of biohacking known to man. In fact, we have been involved in some form of meditation for thousands of years now. There are a number of different uses or benefits of meditation in our day to day, from emotional to physical. Neuroscience research into this subject has thrown up a number of interesting facts.
Affective stickiness is a concept put forward by Dr. Richard Davidson, a professor of psychiatry. According to him, affective stickiness happens when a negative or bad experience affects the person so much that it leads to a situation where this negativity becomes a part of the person's consciousness. He argues that this can then prevent the said person from fully exploring or even experiencing their full range of consciousness. It is a misinterpretation of what is known as self identification, he says.
What does this have to do with meditation?
Meditation can help you focus. As simple as that may sound, think of the number of electronics, lights, sounds, screens, and other distractions that an average person is faced with on a daily basis. There is a lot of negativity that a person is exposed to, now more than ever before. While there are a number of supplements in the market right now to induce a peaceful sleep, there are ways to do all of that and more through simple biohacking techniques.
Meditation has been found to cause direct and profound changes to the structure of the brain cells. Till recently, brain exercises like meditation and other puzzle solving were known to create a kind of calm and help focus, but actual physical changes to the brain have been studied. What does this do? It makes the practitioner calm, brings about a level of focus, and helps with emotional control. It may not seem like news now because people have been making these claims for thousands of years around the world, but now, these claims are backed by scientific proof. You can read more about it here.
So is it something that you should get into?
If you are looking for a way to strengthen the mind in the ways mentioned, and are interested in non invasive biohacking, or are a new entrant into this world of biohacking where people are making their bodies work optimally, meditation may be the perfect way to get “your feet wet.”