A better brain within a span of eight weeks??
Does it sound impossible to you? But, it is possible! A meditation study showed visible changes that are associated with stress and awareness post mindful meditation.
The study was conducted at Massachusetts General Hospital by a team of Harvard affiliated researchers. It was published in the Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging Journal and is touted as the first of its kind as far as documentation of facts related to meditation-produced changes over a certain period time in the gray matter of the brain is concerned.
Here are the interesting facts and findings of the study as documented in the journal:
The study proved that participation in a mindfulness meditation program for eight weeks can bring about changes that can be quantified in specific brain regions. The positive effects were found in the areas of stress, memory, empathy and sense of self.
It has been known from time immemorial that meditation brings in a lot of peace and relaxation for a person. However, practitioners have been claiming that it can also bring about psychological as well as cognitive benefits that better the functioning of an individual.
Previous studies showed structural differences in the brains of the experienced meditation practitioners and people with no experience in meditation. They observed a thickening in the cerebral cortex especially in those areas that are pertaining to emotional integration and attention.