- Chronic emotional distress
- Eroded health
- Cardiovascular reactivity
- Impoverished sleep quality
- Production of stress hormones like cortisol, which can lead to some of serious health issues.
Conversely, forgiveness promotes instant feelings of peace and well-being and supports cardiovascular health.
OK, so what exactly does forgiveness have to do with meditation? Two words: gray matter. Two years back, researchers analyzed a specific portion of the brain and discovered that the more gray matter the person had, the more inclined they were to forgive people who have made a serious error. Scientists detected significantly larger gray matter volumes in meditators in the right hippocampus. Both orbitofrontal and hippocampal areas are implicated in emotional regulation and response control. More gray matter in the brain accounts for meditators’ ability to cultivate positive emotions, emotional stability, and engage in mindful behavior.