How Meditation Affects The Brain

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How Meditation Affects The Brain

I practice meditation on daily basis!

This is one of my daily routines for the past 12 month.

People often ask me; Zane – why do your practice meditation?

My answer has always been: I do because meditation makes me feel GREAT.

Then they ask well, how?

I tell them because It changes the chemistry of my brain.

Then this question emerge – Zane, “How Meditation Affects The Brain?”

A slew of scientific studies suggest that mindfulness meditation offers some powerful holistic health benefits. And while researchers caution that no one study should be interpreted as a prescription for treatment, mindfulness is increasingly being considered a viable complement to conventional health care. Here are just some of the ways it can help you:

1. Stay Focused

Learning to sustain one’s attention through mindfulness seems to improve overall ability to focus and maintain attention during everyday tasks. In a 2012 study in the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, researchers evaluated individuals with no previous exposure to meditation. Some of them received three hours of mindfulness-meditation training and were asked to meditate for 10 minutes each day for up to 16 weeks.

During tasks that involved attention to detail, those who meditated showed more control over executive functions involving attention than non-meditators. The research suggests that even “low doses” of meditation training can significantly change neural function related to processing conflicting stimuli.

2. Manage Anxiety and Depression

In a 2014 meta-analysis, Goyal and his partners at Johns Hopkins found that mindfulness meditation might be on par with antidepressants in treating depressive symptoms. In a 2014 study in the journal Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, researchers examined 15 participants with no prior meditation experience. Over the course of just four days of mindfulness-meditation training, participants experienced significantly less anxiety. Essentially, mindfulness meditation reduces anxiety by improving mood and enhancing cognitive control mechanisms.

3. Reduce Stress

Research suggests that mindfulness-meditation training not only reduces stress and anxiety following a stressful episode, but that practicing it can actually help mitigate stress in the moment. In a 2013 study, Kirk Warren Brown, PhD, a psychologist at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, and colleagues reported that mindful individuals showed lower brain arousal in response to highly unpleasant images compared with controls.

This suggests that mindfulness changes how stress-related emotion centers in the brain are activated. As a result, not only do these brain areas get less active when provoked, but the reaction may be easier to regulate because it’s not so strong, says Brown.

4. Ease Pain

In a 2011 study, Wake Forest researcher Zeidan and his colleagues showed that after just four days of mindfulness-meditation training, meditating during episodes of 
pain reduced the unpleasantness by 57 percent and participants’ pain-intensity ratings 
by 40 percent. The researchers also identified specific brain regions that appear to 
be involved in the experience of pain and how it is modulated through meditation.

By altering the context for pain via cognitive control and emotional regulation, 
meditation may change the way we perceive pain (i.e., viewing it as fleeting).

5. Boost Gray Matter

By spurring the growth of gray matter in various brain regions, mindfulness may improve learning, memory, and emotional regulation, several studies over the last decade have shown. In a 2011 study published in…

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Till we speak a gain, Have a fabulous Tuesday!

Zane