Scientific research shows that seasoned meditators show less activation of the trigger-happy amydala, the part of the brain which controls our emotions.

By meditating, we learn how to fine tune our muscle of awareness and become more conscious of how the mind works and what it gets up to. We can learn to become more aware of when we are beginning to get hijacked by an emotion and we can use the space that meditation creates to decide whether to respond, how to respond and how to handle the challenges that face us. 

Meditation can help us to respond, rather than knee-jerk react.