Although meditation can have profound effect on a person’s overall health and well being, especially when it comes to decreased stress and anxiety and an improved outlook on life, what most people don’t know is that behind the scenes a meditation practice is effective because it changes our brains. In layman’s terms, meditation lights up the parts of our brain that would otherwise remain silent and dark.
Taking this same principle, Riddhi Shah pens this recent Huffington Post and compares meditation’s impact with the similar effect that an orgasm has on the brain. According to Shah, although mystics and shamans have known for years that meditation and orgasm produces a decrease in self-awareness (and an increases selfless-awareness), science is now proving that the two acts connect a person to something other than the ego.
Spiritual teachers have been on to this for years, but research is now showing that orgasm and meditation create much the same effect in our brains.
According to a recent article in Scientific American, both meditation and orgasm decrease our sense of self-awareness. Bliss, says author Nadia Webb, whether through the experience of meditative contemplation or through the bodily experience of sex, “shares the diminution of self-awareness, alterations in bodily perception and decreased sense of pain.” In other words, both experiences lead to a temporary stoppage in the incessant flow of our internal commentary. Even if for only a few minutes, we are able to see ourselves as something other than the ego.
Read more from Shah on the benefits of meditation and orgasm here.