Struggling with obsessive thoughts and behaviours?
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is a manifestation of anxiety. It is usually either our attempt at a coping mechanism for a perceived undesirable outcome or a stream of incessant thoughts focusing on a particular subject matter. It can vary from the quirky to the extremely worrisome in its severity.
Whatever the nature of the compulsion, it stems from the chronically over-active amygdaloid response classic in all people with anxiety – the amygdala being the cluster of neurons located deep in the brain’s medial temporal lobe that play a key role in processing emotions. The neuronal patterns we have developed are in such a continual state of excitation that the content of these neuronal projections is constantly streaming into our awareness.
If our amygdala is in overdrive due to frequent intermittent stress, then the content of that incessant ideation is going to centre on obsessive worries and compulsive tendencies.
How does Vedic meditation help with OCD therapy?
Vedic meditation can play a crucial role in OCD therapy. It naturally de-stimulates the nervous system and allows the level of excitation to begin calming down to more natural levels. The amplitude of those neuronal projections decreases, and with time, we start to build newer, more progressive inter-neuronal connections.
The amygdala also begins to become functionally less active and begins responding to the world in a more appropriate way. It ceases to colour our thoughts in such a negative way.
The hormonal balance we find in meditation also means that the synthesis, receipt and disposal of serotonin, which is found to be connected incessant ideation, will also become much more harmonised. This calming and balancing is the key to OCD recovery.
As a result, we break through our ingrained patterning and begin to settle down to a much more relaxing, more functional mode of being. From there, we can begin to thrive. You’ll struggle to find such positive outcomes from other OCD treatments.