7 Ways Meditation Can Actually Change The Brain
There are many research on meditation and the brain. Here is a brief summary of exciting studies:
1) Meditation helps preserve the aging brain: a study from UCLA found that long-term meditators had better-preserved brains than non-meditators as they aged.
2) Meditation reduces the default mode network (DMN): Research from Yale University found that meditation quiets the wandering mind.
3) Meditation effects rival antidepressants for anxiety and depression: A review study by Johns Hopkins found mindfulness meditation has the ability to reduce symptoms of depression, anxiety, and pain.
4) Meditation May Lead to Volume Changes in Key Areas of the Brain: A Harvard study found that mindfulness meditation can actually change the structure of the brain — affecting learning and memory, emotion regulation, self-referential processing, and reducing fear/anxiety/stress response and improving subjective perceptions and feelings.
5) Even short mediation training improves concentration and attention: Study found that just a couple of weeks of meditation training helped people’s focus and memory during the verbal reasoning section of the GRE.
6) Reduces anxiety and social anxiety: Studies show mediation has long lasting benefits, even years after even years after initial meditation course.
7) Meditation can help with addiction recovery: “A growing number of studies has shown that, given its effects on the self-control regions of the brain, meditation can be very effective in helping people recover from various types of addiction.”
Mediation can also benefit kids at school: Studies have confirmed the cognitive and emotional benefits of meditation for schoolchildren.