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PostPosted: Fri Dec 19, 2014 12:46 am    Post subject: Harvard Study: What Meditation Literally Does To The Brain Reply with quote

Numerous studies have indicated the many physiological benefits of meditation, and the latest one comes from Harvard University.

An eight week study conducted by Harvard researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) determined that meditation literally rebuilds the brains grey matter in just eight weeks. It’s the very first study to document that meditation produces changes over time in the brain’s grey matter. (1)

“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.” – (1) Sara Lazar of the MGH Psychiatric Neuroimaging Research Program and a Harvard Medical School Instructor in Psychology

The study involved taking magnetic resonance images (MRI) of the brain’s of 16 study participants two weeks prior to participating in the study. MRI images of the participants were also taken after the study was completed.

“The analysis of MR images, which focused on areas where meditation-associated differences were seen in earlier studies, found increased grey-matter density in the hippocampus, known to be important for learning and memory, and in structures associated with self-awareness, compassion and introspection.”

Rest of article (well worth reading).

http://www.collective-evolution.com/2014/12/11/harvard-study-unveils-w hat-meditation-literally-does-to-the-brain/

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 19, 2014 1:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Damn! Another good one. Thanks, Sensei.

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 19, 2014 8:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

im going to start meditating now, my brain needs some rebuilding lol
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 19, 2014 9:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nowadays it is agreed upon even by the most mainstream scientists that meditation (mindfulness/vipassana in particular) induces anatomical changes in the brain. Hippocampus grows and neurogenesis there gets a boost, which enhances memory. The emotional center amygdala shrinks and you get less attached to earthly matters, as well as a lesser stress response in the body and mind. This is also why memory gets better; cortisol (stress hormone) has been shown to be toxic to hippocampus neurons, which are crucial in menory storage, and they also have a link to depression and serotonin levels.

In short, stop reading this text and go meditate LOL Wink
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 19, 2014 4:24 pm    Post subject: meditation Reply with quote

All I know is that it has helped me from losing it many, mnany, times. I am too emotionally entangled in the fight or flight survival mode and mediation is the main things that helps me disengage.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 21, 2015 2:38 am    Post subject: meditation Reply with quote

This is about grey matter
What about the white matter ?
Complexities of the brain lead to wonder what the correlations are . (not yet have I taken the time to read
about the meditation topic but I will ) Just wondering about the matter compensations here .
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