Meditation & the impact on your brain

Meditation was a weekly affair for me growing up. Learning Hapkido at the age of 8, we would have meditation sessions at least once a week. Time would stop when I close my eyes and concentrate on serenity and harmony. Attaining a sense of peace within. As a child I took it for granted, it was just something that we had and we did, it was part of our lives. I never really gave it much thought about the impact it had on my mind and body. Now as I look around, more research and evidence have been springing up worldwide on the benefits of meditation. I certainly have my parents to thank for getting me into meditation as a child.

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This video by scientific America is a great video that focuses on meditation and its impact on the brain. It doesn’t matter if you are 5, 15, 55 or 105, meditation will have positive benefits for your mind, body, and soul. Enjoy the video.

From the youtube page:

Does mindfulness training improve cognitive abilities? A systematic review of neuropsychological findings. [Preview] (Clinical Psychology Review) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21…

Long-term meditators self-induce high-amplitude gamma synchrony during mental practice (PNAS) http://www.pnas.org/content/101/46/16…

Evidence builds that meditation strengthens the brain, UCLA researchers say (UCLA)
http://newsroom.ucla.edu/portal/ucla/…

The underlying anatomical correlates of long-term meditation: Larger hippocampal and frontal volumes of gray matter (PMC)http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/artic…

Age effects on gray matter volume and attentional performance in Zen meditation (Neurobiology of Aging)http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/…

Age effects on attentional blink performance in meditation [Preview](Conciousness and Cognition) http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/…

Mental Training Affects Distribution of Limited Brain Resources (PLOS Biology)
http://www.plosbiology.org/article/in…

The American Psychological Association on the benefits of mindfulness
http://www.apa.org/monitor/2012/07-08…

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