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A Neuroscientist Explains How Meditation Changes Your Brain

A Neuroscientist Explains How Meditation Changes Your Brain
Do you struggle, like me, with monkey-mind? Is your brain also a little unsettled, restless, capricious, whimsical, fanciful, inconstant, confused, indecisive, or uncontrollable? That’s the definition of “monkey mind” I’ve been given! If you need more motivation to take up this transformative practice, neuroscience research has shown that meditation and mindfulness training can cause neuroplastic changes to the gray matter of your brain. A group of Harvard neuroscientists interested in mindfulness meditation have reported that brain structures change after only eight weeks of meditation practice. Sara Lazar, Ph.D., the study’s senior author, said in a press release, “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.” Britta Hölzel, the lead author on the paper says, Sarah Lazar also noted,

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Meditation and Neuroplasticity: Five key articles Meditation not only changes our mind but also our brain – this is what more and more neuroscientific research suggests. Neuroplasticity – the change of brain structures as a result of experience – is considered to be one of the most important discoveries of neuroscience. Over the last 10 years evidence has been growing that not only the acquisition of navigational knowledge by London Taxi drivers (see video) or learning a new motor task like juggling (see article), but also meditation practice can lead to significant changes to brain structures.

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Meditation Resource: How-to, Music, Books, Films and More! Meditation is an ancient practice that has been – and still is being – used in many ways. There are physical, mental, emotional, psychological and spiritual reasons for practicing meditation. In the recent years, mediation started drawing more serious attention in the scientific field and a lot of research has been conducted into its benefits, showing the significance of meditation on the human mind and body. The purpose of this page This page is meant to provide anyone who is interested in meditation with an extensive overview of resources to use and get back to.

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Study reveals gene expression changes with meditation (Dec. 4 Dec. 4, 2013 With evidence growing that meditation can have beneficial health effects, scientists have sought to understand how these practices physically affect the body. A new study by researchers in Wisconsin, Spain, and France reports the first evidence of specific molecular changes in the body following a period of mindfulness meditation.

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