Brief Transcendence

meditation-image-22Nadia Webb for Scientific American explains that meditation and orgasms have similar effects on the brain. Webb notes that different parts of the brain are shut off momentarily during orgasms as well as during meditation. Even though the parts of the brain that shut off during these two processes differ, they both achieve a similar effect of leaving the subject decentralized from themselves and the physical environment. Meditation allows a person to completely forget the outside world and focus only on the here and now. Similarly, an orgasm facilitates an individual’s brief escape – or transcendence –from the preoccupations of everyday life.