Meditation is healthy, now it’s a science fact! A new study has found that regular meditation can quickly increase brain health. The researchers of Massachusetts General Hospital tracked 16 people who took a course on stress reduction including relaxation exercises. They had practiced during 8 weeks for about 30 minutes a day.
After the the course MRI scans showed significant gray matter density growth in areas of the brain involved in learning and memory, empathy and compassion, sense of self and emotional regulation, when compared with a control group.
“This is really, clearly, where we can see, for the first time, that when people say, ‘Oh, I feel better, I’m not as stressed when I meditate,’ they’re not just saying that – that there is a biological reason why they’re feeling less stress,” the Washington Post quoted senior author Sara Lazar, a psychology instructor at Harvard Medical School as saying.
“But this is proof that it’s really meditation that’s making the difference,” she said. “And it doesn’t take long to get there.”
Patients who do regular meditation typically sleep better, have less pain, less anxiety and depression, and a better general sense of well-being.
You can read more about this study at washingtonpost.com.