Find Out What Mediation Does To Your Brain
Many studies over the years have indicated the numerous physiological and psychological benefits of meditation, but and eight week study conducted by researchers at Harvard University’s Massachusetts General Hospital has published some seriously surprising results.
The eight week study involved sixteen participants engaged in meditation practices every day for approximately 30 minutes. These practices included focusing on audio recordings for guided meditation, non-judgmental awareness of sensations, feelings and state of mind. Researchers collected magnetic resonance images (MRI) of each participant’s brain prior to the study and upon completion.
After studying the results, the researchers determines that meditation actually rebuilds the grey matter in your brain. This is the very first meditation study that has documented this process and result.
One of the study’s head researchers, Sara Lazar, explains, that “although the practice of meditation is associated with a sense of peacefulness and physical relaxation, practitioners have long claimed that meditation also provides cognitive and psychological benefits that persist throughout the day. This study demonstrates that changes in brain structure may underlie some of these reported improvements and that people are not just feeling better because they are spending time relaxing.”
Learn more about what Lazar and her team discovered.