According to recent scientific research:
Meditation May Slow the Aging Process
Long-term meditation practice is associated with long lasting changes in brain activity. Brain regions associated with attention, interoception and sensory processing were thicker in meditation participants than matched controls, including the prefrontal cortex and right anterior insula. Between-group differences in prefrontal cortical thickness were most pronounced in older participants, suggesting that meditation might offset age-related cortical thinning. Finally, the thickness of two regions correlated with meditation experience. These data provide the first structural evidence for experience-dependent cortical plasticity associated with meditation practice.
Multiple contributors, Harvard Medical School, MIT & Yale
Meditation Improves Emotional Regulation
Mindfulness meditation promotes metacognitive awareness, decreases rumination via disengagement from perseverative cognitive activities, and enhances attentional capacities through gains in working memory; these cognitive gains, in turn, contribute to effective emotion regulation strategies.
Corcoran, Farb, Anderson & Segal
American Psychological Association
Meditation Alters Gene Expression
Meditative practices have significant positive effects on the mind–body system and can increase wellness and support the healing process from disease. Through gene expression profiling in circulating immune cells, meditative practices have a measurable positive effect at the molecular level, that can be seen as significant health benefits.
Fahri Saatcioglu, University of Oslo
Asian Journal of Psychiatry
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