Meditation Literally Rebuilds the Brain’s Gray Matter

An interesting article from December 1, 2014 which I discovered this morning on Flipboard. I love Flipboard because I get current information on a wide variety of topics quickly. This one caught my attention.

In an 8-week program of mindfulness meditation conducted by a team of researchers at Harvard University, test subjects showed results that astonished even the most experienced neuroscientists. The teams’ MRI scans documented for the very first time in medical history what happens in our brains when we meditate. We know the experience of peace that we feel, we come to be more sensitive to the spiritual depth that we enjoy when we meditate regularly, but now we have proof that meditation produces massive changes inside the brain’s gray matter. The participants spent an average of 27 minutes a day and this is all it took to stimulate a major increase in gray matter density in the amygdala, which plays an important role in anxiety and stress. None of these changes were seen in the control group.

I’d be interested to know if surfing the internet or posting on Facebook has a similar healthy effect on the brain! I do know that a person who meditates has a great defense against the fragmentation we can experience trying to keep up with windows, and programs, and upgrades, and posts, and tweets…. So I’ll keep meditating! The gray matter is just a great added benefit!

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