According to a study led by researchers at Yale University, a new brain imaging study shows that people who regularly practice meditation are able to switch off portions of the brain linked to lapses in attention, and disorders such as attention deficit, ADHD, and anxiety. It also shows how meditation can actually switch off areas of the brain linked to daydreaming, anxiety, schizophrenia and other psychiatric disorders.
The article by Catherine Paddock PhD, quotes lead author of the study, Judson Brewer, assistant professor of psychiatry at Yale, “Meditation has been a central part of philosophical and contemplative practices for thousands of years; it helps the practitioner to be mindful of the present moment, and studies have shown it is also linked to increased levels of happiness.”
Pretty powerful stuff- we ALL want more happiness in our lives…
Until recently most people did not embrace the concept that meditation could actually improve your health, in a multitude of ways. Now, due to advances in science and technology the impact that meditation has on our biology and our physiology is beginning to pick up some serious backing from the scientific community and as a result, the community at large. When I turn on my computer and I see yet another article about a study done expounding the benefits of meditation it makes me feel like jumping up and down! Alright- I actually jump up and down sometimes.
Being certified as a Primordial Sound Meditation Instructor was one of the most powerful experiences of my life. Why? Because meditation has had such a powerful impact on me that I felt the need to share it with the people in my life. Years ago when mom passed away, my young sons were having a very hard time dealing with the day. A very special family member sat down with my boys and led them through a simple meditation that put them in a very different place emotionally – and I never forgot that moment. Meditation is a powerful tool to help you navigate through a very complicated life; finally there is science to back this up.
The article goes on to posit that it is very likely that meditators have developed a new “default” mode, which takes attention away from the “me” and puts it on the “just be”.
There are so many studies being done on the effects that meditation has on controlling: hypertension, anger management, digestive issues, concentration, creativity, temperament, and our ability to just learn to relax.-just google the “effects of meditation”- and see for yourself.
If there were a pill to deliver these results you wouldn’t be able to keep it on the shelves! Got Stillness?
Below is the link to the article.