How Meditation Lowers Oxygen Consumption and Repair Brain Damage
Dr. Amit Ray
“Meditation is the artwork to awaken the divinity within you.” – Amit Ray
Meditation improves long-term ventilatory efficiency, gas exchange efficiency and heart rate variability by lowering oxygen consumption and enhancing the divinity quotient. Divinity is the state of being connected with the source. It is the state when our heart is full with love, compassion, and caring. It is the state when our mind is full with joy, equanimity, peacefulness, and happiness. It is the state when we are relaxed, energetic, focused, joyful, creative, clear and compassionate. Deep 114 Chakra meditation is the best way to awaken your divinity. During 114 Chakra meditation the brainwaves of the entire brain get synchronized and produces deep relaxation, slower breathing, and a lower heart rate as a result a less oxygen is needed in each breath, and fewer breaths are needed in total. These meditations have seven powerful steps. Each step is unique.
For good meditation we need the best circulation of blood in the brain. Scientists have explored meditation from different angles. Here we examined how meditation is linked to the oxygen consumption in the brain.
Oxygen is vital to brain growth and healing. Brain cells are very sensitive to decrease in oxygen levels and don’t survive or function well very long without it. A continuous uninterrupted supply of oxygen to the brain is essential in order to maintain its metabolic functions and to prevent brain cell damage. Meditation slows down the heart rate, decreases respiratory rate and this helps to calm the body and relax the mind.
Brain and Oxygen Consumption
Human brain comprises only about 2.5 percent of the body weight but it utilizes about 20 percent of the body’s total oxygen consumption. The gray matter of the brain consumes as much as 94 percent of cerebral oxygen, while the white matter, which makes up fully 60 percent of the brain’s mass, consumes only 6 percent. Oxygen consumption is lowest in the spinal cord and increases through the medulla, midbrain, thalamus, cerebellum, and cerebral cortex.
When you are stressful, oxygen consumption is high and when you are relaxed and peaceful, oxygen consumption is low. Complex thought and intense concentration require more energy than repetitive mental processes, because the firing of neurons requires extra blood, oxygen and glucose.
Meditation and Brain Oxygen
Meditation is the state of inner peace and inner silence. This happens in a completely natural and effortless way. Meditation is also the state of deep relaxation with awareness. Meditation decreases the stress hormones (blood lactate and cortisol) and increases melatonin and serotonin, which are the happiness and well-being hormones.
Proper meditation maintains a critical balance between the three: 1) oxygen level 2) the level of carbon dioxide and 3) nitric oxide levels for better blood circulation in the brain.
Remember that the carbon dioxide and nitric oxide open up blood vessels in the brain so you can get proper oxygen levels in your brain. Nitric oxide helps dilate blood vessels in your lungs so that you can get good circulation there for exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide. Meditation helps to attain alpha and theta brain waves on a regular basis, which helps to improve memory, increase focus and concentration.