Grey Matter.

A quiet explosion of new research indicating that meditation can physically change the brain in astonishing ways has started to push into mainstream.

Several studies suggest that these changes through meditation can make you happier, less stressed — even nicer to other people. It can help you control your eating habits and even reduce chronic pain, all the while without taking prescription medication.

But that isn’t all. Recent brain research has shown that regular meditation actually increases the brain’s grey matter. Grey matter is the brain’s workhorse, it consists of nerve cells and the interconnections between them.

The volume of grey matter normally decreases as we age. However, for those who regularly meditate, this is not the case. Meditation protects the grey matter against deterioration.

Regular meditation has also been shown to increase the size of the prefrontal cortex, the part of the brain associated with attention and cognition.

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Neuroplasticity.

It used to be thought that the brain was pretty much fixed once we reached adulthood, and a gradual deterioration was inevitable from that point on. Now we know that the brain is not fixed at all. It can regrow damaged parts, it can make new connections, and continues to respond to the stimulus we provide right up until the time we die.

It turns out that the brain is pretty much like a muscle, if we continue to exercise it, it will remain healthy. If it is damaged, it can repair itself, and it can reorganise itself in response to stimulus.

Meditation has been found to be one of the most productive ways to invoke the neuroplastic capabilities of the brain. The parts of the brain that provide us with a sense of well-being and happiness show distinct development in regular meditators. Buddhist monks who took part in research at the University of Wisconsin demonstrated marked beneficial changes in brain structure and function.

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Meditation can change your brain — 2 Comments

  1. Since starting lifeflow about 6 months ago[i’m now on LF9] My sleeping improved and I was able to maintain good eating habits and begin a healthy eating plan, which previously I was unable to maintain this eating plan;my memory has also recently improved.
    However in the last week I have experienced effects that are proving difficult to deal with, namely on waking a heaviness and `woosy feeling’ as through `drunk’ and an unsteadiness on my feet which is affecting my balance. I reported this to Lifeflow and they said they had not had reports from any other users of this type of efect and that maybe I should stop using LIfeFlow.
    I suffer from Tinnitus and in order to get to the bottom of this I contacted my doctor who seemed unable to have a `solution’ except put oil in my ears/syringed.
    I wonder if any other user has had similar effects as I would like to know if there is a connection between LifeFlow any my symptoms;I would like to continue with LF as the other positives are worth continuing with but I need to know if LF is having these detrimental efects on me.

  2. Hi Jacee,

    I haven’t heard of anyone having this kind of problem with any meditation technique. I think the most likely cause is your ear problem, which is known to cause difficulties with balance. I suggest you see your doctor again and ask to see an ENT specialist.

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