How Meditation Works

Neuroplasticity

Neurons within our brain communicate with each other and form connections that enable us to feel emotions, move, and think. 

The brain has the ability to form new neural connections, produce new brain cells, and sculpt existing connections to

be more efficient.

This function is known as neuroplasticity.

Think of these neural connections like hiking trails. The more traffic on the trail, the more established they become. The more a neural connection is used, the stronger its corresponding function in the brain becomes. 

This is true for positive, negative, and neutral behaviors, thoughts and emotions. We're here to help you cut out the negative ones and strengthen the positive.

Our goal at Sit is to encourage you to start hiking a different "trail" through the use of meditation

Benefits of Meditation

Relieve Anxiety

Research shows that meditation

practitioners find themselves less overwhelmed by anxiety due to improvements in several areas of the brain including those associated with our natural “fight or flight” response. 

Cope with Depression

Meditation can significantly decrease the relapse or recurrence of depression. Mindfulness training has been shown to be as effective as drug treatments for depression but without the financial cost or potential side-effects.

Manage

Pain

Meditation won't necessarily cure the ailment that's causing you pain, but it will help you deal with the painful feeling itself. Brain imaging shows mindfulness practice engages unique brain mechanisms that attenuate the subjective experience of pain

Boost 

Memory, Reaction Time & Attention

It should be no surprise that meditation increases one's ability to react and hold their attention, but it might be a surprise to learn that undergraduates participating in a mindfulness training study increased their GRE scores by 30% after just two weeks of meditation practice! 

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Improve 

Sleep

Not only can forms of meditation be used to help you fall asleep faster, a consistent practice can also improve the quality of your sleep.

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Alleviate 

Social Anxiety

Practicing meditation can make a person more comfortable in social situations, strengthen relationships, increase feelings of empathy, and much more. This is possible by reducing stress overall, increasing attention, and even strengthening the area of the brain associated with empathy.

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Increase 

Longevity

Whether it's by reducing cardiovascular risks, decreasing inflammation, preventing atrophy in our brain, or even releasing an enzyme that strengthens the ends of our chromosomes, meditation can help us live a longer, healthier life

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