In How Meditation Can Reshape Our Brains, neuroscientist Sara Lazar’s amazing brain scans show us what happens with the brain when we meditate and how it benefits you.
Sara Lazar is the head of Meditation Research lab and according to their website, they are using neuroimaging techniques to study neurological, cognitive and emotional changes associated with the practice of meditation and yoga.
Also, they incorporate measures of peripheral physiology (breathing, heartbeat) in order to understand how meditation practice influences the brain-body interaction.
So, to answer the question is meditation really good for you?
There are many studies and researches done on meditation, so here is a list of scientific meditation benefits:
- reduces stress, anxiety, and depression;
- improves your ability to be creative and think outside the box;
- increases positive emotions and life satisfaction;
- improved brain function and memory;
- intuition develops;
- increases the quality of sleep;
- normalizes blood pressure and lower risk of heart attack and stroke;
- improves the immune system;
- increases cortical thickness in areas related to paying attention;
- personal transformation.
Sara Lazar meditation technique used in her studies is mindfulness meditation.
Mindfulness is a type of meditation that essentially involves focusing on your mind on the present.
To be mindful is to be aware of your thoughts and actions in the present, without judging yourself.
In her study, meditation group participants reported spending an average of 27 minutes each day practicing mindfulness exercises, and their responses to a mindfulness questionnaire indicated significant improvements compared with pre-participation responses.
According to Sara Lazar:
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.”
Sara Lazar later added:
“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.”
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