The following article encourages me even more to attend meditation classes in the near future. If an eight-week meditation program already generates measurable effects, I am curious what the results would be like if you followed a regime of meditation for one year, a few years or even more.
I haven’t decided yet which kind of meditation I would like to go for. Suggestions anyone?
An eight-week program of meditation led to brain structure changes in people participating in a study, researchers say. It’s the first time that meditation, a practice advocated by a range of religious traditions, has been shown to lead to such changes, according to the scientists.
Previous research, they said, had revealed structural differences in the brains of meditators, but couldn’t document that meditation had actually caused those changes. The researchers reported that participating in an eight-week meditation program appeared to make measurable changes in brain regions associated with memory, sense of self, empathy and stress.
“Although the practice of meditation is associated with a sense of peacefulness and physical relaxation, practitioners have long claimed that meditation also provides cognitive and psychological benefits that persist throughout the day,” said Sara Lazar of the Massachusetts General Hospital’s Psychiatric Neuroimaging Research Program, the study’s senior author. “This study demonstrates that changes in brain structure may underlie some of these reported improvements and that people are not just feeling better because they are spending time relaxing.”
The study is to appear in the Jan. 30 issue of the journal Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging.
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