#47 – Meditation, Brain Balance, & Hemispheric Synchronization
When you think of meditation what comes to mind? If you said yoga, peace or maybe even spirituality you are in good company. In fact, the vast majority of the planet’s population has yet to be introduced to the science of meditation.
There is solid proof in the medical and scientific communities that indicate meditation doesn’t just focus your brain, it alters it through neuroplasticity. In a scientific experiment, patients were given a first-time brain scan and then asked to meditate for a period of eight weeks. In each instance after the eight week period all secondary brain scans showed an increase in the thickness of the brain’s cortex in both areas of sensory processing and attention.
In addition, doctors reported a notable growth in new neurons (neurogenesis) in the brain, an increase in brain connections, branches and newly created pathways. There was also a report of the widening of blood vessels which indicated an increase in blood flow to the brain, and scientists believe that these results are only scratching the surface of the benefits of meditation, there is much still left to be revealed.
With the vast amount of proof behind the claim of meditation “bettering” our brains and helping them function better as wholes, it is no wonder that more and more people are beginning to introduce not only themselves but their children and aging parents to the practice. The benefits that meditation offers are something that shouldn’t be kept to oneself.
If you know someone who could benefit from meditation and it’s perks, introduce them to the practice today. From memory improvement for Alzheimer’s patients to pain relief for cancer battlers, to balancing the brain hemispheres, when it comes to meditation and the science behind it – it just might make all the difference in a life that’s both peaceful and healthy.