Meditation has been around since antiquity. But, its only now with modern technology like the MRI machine that we can look at what happens to your brain on meditation. We can also compare brains of people who meditate and people who dont and see how that has potentially affected everyone.
Long-Term Meditators Have More Grey Matter
According to a UCLA study that followed people who had meditated for 20 years or more and compared their brains with people who hadnt meditated all that time, it was found that the people who meditated had more grey matter in their brains. This means that they can think better than those without.
Long-Term Meditators Have Less Anxiety
One thing that causes anxiety is when your mind starts remunerating and thinking about “what ifs” and worrying about either the past or the future. People who make meditation a part of their daily lives tend to do this less.
When you think about something a lot, a path is made in your brain about that memory. The more you think about it and go over it, the deeper those lines are, and the deeper the memory is, the longer it will remain. When you stop thinking about it all the time, you make those grooves less likely to get deep and be a long-lasting memory.
Long-Term Meditators Have Less Depression
A study by Johns Hopkins shows that being more mindful, which meditation teaches, reduces symptoms of depression more than even antidepressants do. That means that with the right monitoring, people who suffer from depression can retrain their mind to focus on what they need to focus on instead of focusing on the problems that are causing depression.
Long-Term Meditators Have Better Memory
According to a study at Harvard that studied the cortical thickness in the hippocampus (the center of emotion, memory, and the automatic nervous system), people who had meditated at least eight weeks had a thicker hippocampus which means they have better memory, less emotional volatility, and better automatic responses.
Long-Term Meditators Tend to Be Able to Concentrate More
If you want to improve your (or a childs) ability to concentrate, such as for those with ADD, meditation can benefit tremendously. In fact, studies are showing that just a few weeks of meditation training can lead to very positive results – including higher test results on standardized tests.
What we can see the studies showing – through brain scans, testing, and other means – is that the brain changes during and after using meditation. It can reduce stress, lower the incidence of heart problems, and so much more for the person who practices meditation. But, as with most things, the number of benefits you experience is totally up to you and whether youre dedicated to learning or not.