Benefits of Meditation

During the meditation session that we had last week, the first thing that I thought about was the desert when we asked to think about a place. When I was back home, I used to go to the desert with my family and friends almost every winter. During the winter, those spots are amazing in ways bordering on magical. I thought of the cold chilly nights with the family around the fire. The endless space in the desert is really fascinating. After the meditation session I felt good, and I decided to attend other meditation sessions outside class because I believe these meditations are helpful.

Meditation considers as an inspiration station. Basically, the meditation session gives your mind the chance to have a break from mundane thinking, takes your claws out of your thoughts. Sara Lazar, Ph.D., the study’s senior author, said, “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.”

There was a study that consists of 16 participants in an eight-week stress reduction course. Everybody was instructed on how to practice the exercises that they received, which were 27 minutes practicing the meditation, besides the normal exercises such as walking, washing dishes, and so on. MRI scan of participant’s brains were taken before and after the meditation exercise to observe the differences. The MRI scans showed that participants who had the meditation had a large amount of gray matter concentration within different parts of their brains, which those regions involve emotion regulation, sense of self, memory.



How Meditation Changes the Brain

-Rawan Algahsan


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