Anita Kemp Ph.D. Blog

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Meditation Changes Your Brain

Research keeps coming on the benefits of meditation. Please check out the new book Altered Traits: Science Reveals How Meditation Changes Your Mind, Brain and Body by Daniel Goleman and Richard Davidson. Some of the interesting findings summarized in this book you may already know. But here goes the list – faster recovery from stress, less amygdala reactivity (less hijacking by emotional ups and downs), improved happiness circuitry in brain, stronger ability to focus, improves working memory, inhibits impulsiveness, takes you out of negative self-focus, reduces pain, reduces inflammation, slows the usual shrinkage of brain upon aging (long-time meditators are “younger” by 7.5 years).  They review the literature and let you know how solid the results are. Some of the changes are viewed as traits – meaning that they stay with you – and others are temporary changes for as long as you keep the practice. Do you need more incentive to meditate? Of course, it is now recommended for anxiety, depression, addictions etc.

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November 26, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment