A Neuroscientist Explains the Effect of Meditation on the Brain

A human body has the capacity to heal itself, you only need to be consciously aware about the process and choose the right medium to heal. One of the healing medium used for centuries is meditation, a practice in which an individual trains the mind or induces a mode of consciousness, either to realize some benefit or as an end in itself.

Meditation affects your psychological well-being by reducing

Meditation changes the structure of your brain

stress, depression, anxiety, blood pressure, addiction, boosts immune system and improves memory. But did you know that meditation can change our brain structure in powerful and positive ways!

We have always believed that brain essentially stopped changing after adulthood.

You have the capacity to heal the emotional dysfunctionality of your own brain. When you increase your awareness with mindfulness, you can transform your brain, create new circuits or change the way neurons talk to each other.

Whenever you engage in a particular behavior over and over again, it can lead to changes in your brain.

Take a look at the video below at TEDxCambridge where neuroscientist, Sara Lazar talks about how meditation can reshape our brains –

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m8rRzTtP7Tc

Meditation for a short time goes a long way in improving overall health

  • A 2005 study on American men and women who meditated a mere 40 minutes a day showed that they had thicker cortical walls than non-meditators. What this meant is that their brains were aging at a slower rate. Cortical thickness is also associated with decision making, attention and memory.
Meditation leads to positive structural changes to the brain – it makes certain brain regions thicker and others less dense
This is what happens when you sit down and tune out!

Here’s another video talking about the positive effects of meditation on the brain –

It’s fascinating to see the positive effects of meditation, just being ‘aware’ can lead to such changes in the brain structure also known as ‘plasticity’ of the brain.

The kind of life we lead is solely in our hands and we have the power and capacity to control our destiny. Simply meditating for 30 minutes every day can change your life!

 

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