postheadericon Meditation Changes The Brain

Studies done by Yale, Harvard and Massachusetts General Hospital have shown that meditation increases gray matter in the brain and slows down the deterioration of the brain as a part of the natural aging process.

The experiment included 20 individuals with intensive Buddhist ‘insight meditation’ training and 15 who did not meditate. The brain scan revealed that those who meditated had an increased thickness of gray matter in parts of the brain that are responsible for attention and processing sensory input. The study also showed that meditation helps slow down brain deterioration due to aging.

Another study involving the participation of a group of colleges students, who were asked to use a meditation technique called integrative body-mind training, concluded that “meditating may improve the integrity and efficiency of certain connections in the brain” through an increase in their number and robustness. (Science Daily 22 August 2010)

Dr. James Austin, a neurophysiologist at the University Of Colorado, reported that Zen meditation “rewires the circuitry” of the brain in his book ‘Zen and the Brain’ (1999). This has been confirmed using functional MRI imaging, a brain scanning technique that measures blood flow in the brain.

These studies all clearly indicate that meditation is good for the brain, can slow down its aging process, and can even positively influence it in a physical way. That’s why its a very good idea to put aside even just a small amount of time every day to meditate.

7 Responses to “Meditation Changes The Brain”

  • Starting to meditate (every morning for 20 min now) has been of the best choices ever. More clarity, focus and mental peace throughout the day! Great to hear that neuroscience is confirming these observations 🙂

  • I’ve been trying to meditate after lunch every day. Sometimes I fall asleep. From what I’ve read that’s normal in the beginning. I’ll keep trying as I know many people who swear by meditation for relieving anxiety.

  • I also believe that meditation does change the brain. I feel it changes the way I think and make decision in my everyday life. I know when I come home I can go to a relaxed place where it’s both comforting and quiet.

  • Isn’t it amazing when science can prove certain human activities, which have been done for centuries, have such benefit to our health? I’ve tried meditation once or twice but need more self-discipline in doing it on a daily basis. Thanks for the info!

  • I am a writer at a website which states the effects of stress on the body.

    I cannot emphasize more as to how important meditation and yoga are for your body.

    If you do not get time for yoga then atleast practice medidation as it will help you keep your blood pressure in control.

    it will also keep you and your mind sharp 🙂


  • I’ve always been a believer in the power of meditation. I am a big fan myself, and I know many others who testify of its goodness. It is amazing that such a small thing can make such a difference in our lives long term!

    I work with senior citizens every day, helping them cover the out of pocket gaps brought on by government Medicare. Many of my clients have been fond of meditating throughout their lives, and if they say it works, then I will believe them!

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  • I think meditation is an essential part of live, keeps stress levels down and can probably increase your life span, it’s such a shame that some many people are so busy just trying to get by nowadays that they can’t even sit down for 30 minutes. Also just as Jeff said, meditation can change the way you think and make decisions.