Meditation has become a little-known secret for the modern-day practitioner. You may have heard about how this mysterious ritual can be used as an effective relaxation technique or even a powerful way to get in touch with a deeper part of yourself. But did you know that meditation can also increase your energy?
That may seem counterintuitive, but the concept of slowing down your mind to establish a balance between your mind and body is the exact reason why meditation is such a powerful way to stay energized.
Why Do We Feel So Tired?
Low energy can be a vicious enemy in a world where every moment counts. But what is causing us to feel so tired halfway through the day, and even more so by the end of the week?
When getting enough sleep, eating the right things, or drinking the appropriate amount of coffee doesn’t seem to do the trick, there must be something else holding us back from reconnecting with some of that lost energy and motivation.
Unless you are lifting boxes all day, chronic fatigue rarely has to do with physical activity and movement throughout the week. In fact, the most common factor when it comes to low energy is mental exertion.
Fatigue is often related to stress and repetitive thinking. Even if you don’t feel stressed, you can be sure that your mind is always at work trying to figure something out. When the mind is busy trying to resolve conflict or figure out the next move, there is an interchanging of energy taking place in the form of electricity.
The higher level of activity, the more energy that is required. This communication originates in the brain, but also affects the body, which is why mental fatigue can be felt so tangibly throughout the entire body.
Meditation as an Energy Booster
The reason meditation is such a great way to increase your levels of energy is because when you bring your attention back into the present moment, you are interrupting an ongoing internal conversation taking place in your mind. Energy is the language used in this interaction, and the body is very much aware of this process.
For example, if you are dealing with stressful thoughts, your body will be notified and respond accordingly, releasing adrenaline and other hormones in order to prepare for fight or flight. These responses require large amounts of energy and overstimulation can often lead to mental and physical fatigue over time.
Some studies have claimed there to be as many as 70,00 thoughts occupying the mind of the average person each day. Because each thought requires a certain amount of energy – stressful thoughts require much more than optimistic ones – the energy required by our daily thinking is often dispersed all over the place, and fragmented across a wide spectrum of random thinking.
As most of this mental activity is unnecessary and repetitive, it would make sense that we could benefit from releasing many of the thought patterns that occupy the mind to create space and save energy — this is the power of meditation.
Effective meditation is the perfect way to refocus and concentrate your energy back into the center of your mind and body where it can be used efficiently.
Meditation Raises Levels of Serotonin
When we are dealing with frantic thoughts and feelings of stress, the body is unable to heal and repair itself, let alone get a good quality sleep.
Meditation helps increase natural levels of serotonin (a neurotransmitter that regulates mood and behavior), which also speeds up the healing process, allowing the body to rejuvenate and reenergize much more effectively. Low levels of serotonin have been linked to depression, insomnia, migraines, and other ailments associated with chronic stress.
Meditation helps the brain release serotonin naturally by inhibiting activity in the stress-producing regions of the brain: the amygdala and the right prefrontal cortex. Meditation also strengthens activity in the relaxation and happiness response of the brain: the left prefrontal cortex.
Although these processes originate in the brain, the mind and body are inseparable and are connected on a very deep level. What effects one is experienced by the other.
While meditation is able to activate the body’s natural healing response and promote the natural release of the healthy neurochemical serotonin, the mind and body are able to find balance. This provides the perfect environment for quality sleep and enhanced energy that can be carried through the entire week.
This positive effect of meditation is also responsible for reducing stress, anxiety, worry, and anger, which means there is much more energy available for fun, productive, and fascinating moments.
When practicing meditation before sleep, we are sending a strong signal to the mind that it is time to release and re-calibrate.
This is a great way to send the nervous system into a state of coherence where the body is receptive to fresh energy and healing. This will also result in healthy sleep and a vibrant start to the next day.
We have talked a lot about the many benefits of meditation. From the positive changes to the brain to developing more willpower, memory, focus, and even how meditation can help enhance the immune system.
Aside from all of these stunning life-changing benefits, if you are still looking for a solid reason to incorporate meditation into your life, how about the fact that it just feels so good!