Friday, February 24, 2012

How Meditation Benefits the Brain

Wow, yet another scientific research project that shows long term, ongoing benefits of being in the state on a regular basis.  If you follow me, you know that I am a believer (as are many, this is not just me talking here) that the state of meditation and the state of hypnosis are very much the same (possibly identical, neurophysiology standpoint) and that the long term benefits that accrue to meditation will accrue to you if you are calling it self hypnosis or hypnosis as well.  Others disagree, and I encourage you to do your own research and come to your own conclusions, however, regardless of the outcome of this little debate in the world, if you want to relieve symptoms of anxiety, ADD/ADHD, autism; even positively affect disease such as cancer and Alzheimers, and many more areas, the message is clear:  be in the meditative/hypnotic state daily.  Note that this article emphasizes that the results come with long term practice.  A few days won't create the full effect seen in this study.  However, as my clients know, and as other studies have shown, there are positive, beneficial effects that you begin to see in as short a time as just three weeks!  So, get in state daily, folks.  As Robert Shapiro, ex-CEO of Monsanto says, "If you don't think you have time for a half hour of meditation every day, then what you really need is an hour."  Read this fascinating article below:

A new brain imaging study led by researchers at Yale University shows how people who regularly practise meditation are able to switch off areas of the brain linked to daydreaming, anxiety, schizophrenia and other psychiatric disorders. The brains of experienced meditators appear to show less activity in an area known as the "default mode network", which is linked to largely self-centred thinking. The researchers suggest through monitoring and suppressing or "tuning out" the "me" thoughts, meditators develop ... (continue here)

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