Does Meditation Have Proven Benefits? This Video Sums It up
Exploring The Scientific Power Of Meditation
Throughout the years many studies have indicated that there are a great number of physiological benefits enjoyed by those who practice meditation. Watch this video by ASAP Science to learn about what science has recently discovered on how meditation affects our mind and body.
A study carried out by Harvard researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital over a course of eight weeks determined that meditation rebuilds grey matter in the brain. It’s the very first study to document change in the brain’s grey matter due to mediation.
The study involved an MRI of the brain’s of 16 study participants two weeks prior to participating in the study. MRI images were also taken after the study was complete. For the study, participants engaged in meditation practices every day for approximately 30 minutes. These practices included focusing on audio recordings for guided meditation, non-judgmental awareness of sensations, feelings and state of mind.
Brain scans taken after meditation see that anxiety, depression, stress, and blood pressure decrease while things such as empathy, pain tolerance, and an overall sense of happiness increase. It also helps memory, emotion regulation, and learning.
“It is fascinating to see the brain’s plasticity and that, by practicing meditation, we can play an active role in changing the brain and can increase our well-being and quality of life. Other studies in different patient populations have shown that meditation can make significant improvements in a variety of symptoms, and we are now investigating the underlying mechanisms in the brain that facilitate this change.” – Britta Holzel, first author of the paper and a research fellow at MGH and Giessen University in Germany
Written by Gio L'orso