The co-founders of Centred Meditation offer three explanations for how meditation is an unexpected tool that can help you curb those cravings, more calmly!
- Remember those days leading up to an exam when you found yourself sifting through the pantry a bit too often? There’s a biological reason for this. When we are stressed, our body automatically triggers our fight-or-flight response (this is what causes our heart rate to increase, our palms to get sweaty, and our tummy to feel funny). Along with these more obvious reactions, a whole heap of glucocorticoid hormones are released at the same time, and they remain in the bloodstream long after the stressor is removed. One of the many jobs of this hormone is to replenish energy supplies lost during the fight-or-flight response, and it does this by increasing our sugar cravings and abdominal fat stores. The worst part is that it does it even if the stressor didn’t actually require us to run for our lives (such as simply being stressed before an exam). Why is this all relevant? Countless scientific studies have proven that meditation is an antidote to stress. And it isn’t just a quick fix for when you are feeling stressed out, it has shown to reduce the long-term physiological effects of stress overall. What are you waiting for?
- Here’s a picture that might look familiar: You sit down to watch your favourite TV show, and before you know it, you are getting stuck into that block of salted caramel chocolate without recalling getting up to get it! Well, guess what? Meditation is here to help. There is a particular part of the brain (the posterior cingulate cortex) that gets activated when your attention is elsewhere, such as when you are daydreaming or making plans. Research has shown that meditation reduces activity in this area. This subsequently helps your attention be presently centred i.e. being aware of the present moment instead of mindlessly getting up to get that chocolate. Would be useful, right?
- Here’s where it gets a bit technical, but hear us out. There is a different part of the brain, called the anterior cingulate cortex (ACC), which relates to self-regulation. Meditators show more activity in the ACC than non-meditators, along with superior performance on tests of self-regulation. This means, they have a higher ability to purposefully direct attention and behaviour, to suppress inappropriate sudden responses, and to easily adapt to changes of expectation. Wouldn’t this come in handy the next time you are reaching for that piece of cake?
So if you are looking for a more sustainable way to curb those cravings long-term, then meditation is the way to go. And don’t be fooled…it can be much easier and enjoyable than you think!
Centred Meditation is a guided meditation drop-in studio for urban professionals. It is a brand new tranquil urban sanctuary in the heart of the CBD. The studio is free from chanting, prayer, and religious affiliation, and has been purposefully designed to give all the senses the cues they need to relax: comfortable armchairs, natural surround sound, diffused soothing scents, and warm calming tea. Expert facilitators guide the 30 min meditation sessions featuring the signature Centred Sequence, a unique fusion of breathwork, visualisation, and effortless awareness.
Nikki and Kevin are the co-founders of Centred Meditation. With years of meditation experience behind them, they have now dedicated themselves full time to making this ancient tool more accessible to modern day urban professionals, instilling in them a greater sense of confidence, clarity, and calm.