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  • How Meditation Effect on Brain

    - Reshapes Your Brain

    Meditation, once considered a niche practice, has steadily gained recognition for its profound effects on mental and physical well-being.

    In our fast-paced world, our brains are constantly bombarded with stimuli. It’s no wonder many of us struggle with stress, anxiety, and difficulty focusing.Yet, a simple practice rooted in ancient traditions may hold the key to transforming both our mental well-being and the very structure of our brains.

    The Neuroscience of Meditation

    Meditation isn’t just about finding inner peace; it’s a workout for your brain. Research using neuroimaging techniques like fMRI has revealed fascinating changes in the brains of meditators:

    Gray Matter Growth

    Research from Harvard Medical School suggests that mindfulness meditation (a specific type of meditation) may increase the density of grey matter in the hippocampus, an area crucial for learning and memory, and also in structures associated with self-awareness, compassion, and introspection. This suggests that meditation may help strengthen our brain’s cognitive and emotional “muscles.”

    Stress Reduction

    Meditation lowers the activity of the amygdala, the brain’s fear centre, while increasing activity in the prefrontal cortex, which is responsible for rational thinking and decision-making.This shift helps us respond to stressors more calmly and thoughtfully.

    Improved Attention

    • Neuroimaging studies have demonstrated that meditation can strengthen the connections in the brain’s attention networks. This can translate to improved concentration, focus, and the ability to resist distractions.Mindfulness meditation, in particular, has been shown to enhance our ability to focus and sustain attention. This can be especially beneficial in our distraction-filled digital age. 

    Also a study published in Psychological Science found that even brief meditation training (four days) can significantly improve attention and focus.

    Reduced Brain Aging

    • A landmark study by Sara Lazar, a neuroscientist at Harvard, found that regular meditation can thicken the prefrontal cortex, the part of the brain responsible for decision-making, attention, and emotional regulation.Other studies have shown that meditation can increase grey matter in other brain regions, potentially slowing age-related thinning of the cortex.

    There are some studies suggesting that long-term meditators may have less age-related brain atrophy, indicating potential protective effects against cognitive decline

    Types of Meditation and Their Brain Benefits

    Different meditation practices may emphasise different brain changes:

    • Focused Attention Meditation: This practice, where you concentrate on a single point, such as your breath, can enhance focus and attentional control.
    • Mindfulness Meditation: This involves observing your thoughts and feelings without judgement. It can improve emotional regulation, reduce anxiety, and increase self-awareness.
    • Loving-Kindness Meditation: This practice focuses on cultivating feelings of compassion and kindness. It may boost positive emotions and social connectedness.

    Transcendental Meditation: This mantra-based technique has been linked to stress reduction and improvements in overall well-being.

    Getting Started with Meditation

    If you’re new to meditation, start with short sessions (5-10 minutes) and gradually increase the duration as you become more comfortable. There are many resources available, including apps, guided meditations, and local classes. Find a practice that resonates with you and commit to regular sessions to reap the full benefits for your brain and overall well-being.

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