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Most meditators have known something that scientists are beginning to verify and accept. Meditation changes your brain for the better.

A recent study has found that those who meditated for about 30 minutes a day for eight weeks had quantifiable changes in gray-matter density in parts of the brain associated with memory, sense of self, empathy and stress.

The study was based on 16 healthy, meditation-naïve participants who underwent the 8-week program. Their brains were analysed using MR images  obtained before and after the program. Their results were compared against a control group. The results suggest that participation in mindfulness meditation is associated with changes in gray matter concentration in brain regions involved in learning and memory processes, emotion regulation, self-referential processing, and perspective taking. The findings appear in the Jan. 30 issue of Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging.

Self-Experiment

While scientists need to follow rigorous processes to prepare, verify and quantify their findings, we as individuals can do our own self-experiments.

Run any simple brain-fitness test before and after a meditation session to see how you do.

OR

Run the test. Practise meditation for a given number of days on a regular basis and then repeat the brain-fitness test.

It would be interesting to see the results of the self-experiments. Looking forward to your feedback.

Have a wonderful day! 

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