Mindbody Healing

Regular Meditation Permanently Changes Your Brain for the Better

Did you know that meditation can actually change your brain for the better? Recent studies have confirmed that just as regular exercise strengthens your muscles, regular meditative states strengthen the parts of your brain associated with happiness and positive behavior. There is even a new field of psychology called contemplative neuroscience that studies this phenomenon. Richard Davidson, a long time meditator and trained psychologist at the University of Wisconsin has produced evidence through scanning the brains of  Buddhist monks with over 100,000 hours of meditation practice, that meditation permanently changes the brain for the better by increasing concentration and empathy and that meditation has the effect of stimulating the brain’s limbic system thought to be responsible for generating positive emotions. Another study showed changes in the meditators’ brains in as little as eight weeks, and more importantly, showed that the positive changes were sustained over time. The brains had been…
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