An imaging study led by Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) researchers showed that particular areas of the cerebral cortex, the outer layer of the brain, were thicker in participants who were experienced practitioners of a type of meditation commonly practiced in the U.S. and other Western countries. The article appeared in the Nov. 15, 2008 issue of NeuroReport.
Research has shown that Meditation can contribute to an individual's psychological and physiological well-being. This is accomplished as Meditation brings the brainwave pattern into an alpha state, which is a level of consciousness that promotes the healing state.
Meditation is widely recommended as a healthy way to manage stress, and for good reason. It provides many health-enhancing benefits, like reducing symptoms of stress and anxiety, relieving chronic conditions such as hypertension, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, ulcers, irritable bowel disorders, and insomnia; relieving physical complaints like joint pain, tension headaches, PMS,and even enhancing immunity to illness.
Meditation has also shown to provide the following psychological benefits:
- Decreased anxiety
- Decreased depression
- Decreased irritability and moodiness
- Increased brain wave coherence
- Greater creativity, improved moral reasoning, and higher IQ
- Improved learning ability and memory
- Increased focus
- Increased self-actualization
- Increased feelings of vitality and rejuvenation
- Increased happiness
- Increased emotional stability
- Increased self-confidence
- Increased connections with others