Mindfulness Meditation Creates Positive Brain Changes

Mindfulness Meditation. Are You Practicing?

Mindfulness meditation is an important practice for more reasons than you might have first thought. Scientists discovered that meditation makes actual physiological changes to the brain structure. Resulting in:

  • Protection against mental illness.
  • Increased signaling connections in the brain.
  • Increase in myelin protective tissue.
  • Higher memory function.
  • Less affected by stress.
  • Increased sense of self.

mindfulness meditationWith these added benefits of meditation, it’s hard to find any reason not to practice. Make the time and just do it!

There are some other interesting things that happen when you’ve been meditating a little while longer. A 2005 study showed that meditators have thicker cortical walls than non-meditators. This effectively means that meditators brains are aging at a slower rate.

When we meditate, activity in the left prefrontal cortex (the seat of positive emotions such as happiness) tends to swamp activity in the right prefrontal (site of negative emotions and anxiety), while the pathways between the hemispheres become larger and more active. This has the effect on the person’s experience of ‘raised consciousness,’ and gives them a willingness and ability to act on their intentions.

Discover the Benefits for Yourself

As I mention in the video, you can see actual physiological changes in as little as a month, as well as the resultant mental and emotional benefits that flow on from that. If you would like to meditate deeper than what is described in the article, take a look at the Accelerated Meditation.

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I’d love to get your thoughts on mindfulness meditation. Do you meditate? What changes have you experienced? If you’re a non-meditator, why have you chosen not to? Let’s discuss it in the comments below.

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  • MyMoneyDesign Jul 3, 2012 @ 12:52

    Sometimes I think I meditate without knowing it. I have a 60 minute drive to work on the expressway. I find myself lost in thought sometimes and thinking about things. Though its not the static image most people would have of a monk meditating, it does offer some relief as I explore the possibilities in my head.

    • Jim Jul 3, 2012 @ 16:45

      I wouldn’t recommend meditating on the expressway, lol! But yes, I know what you mean. If we can find an open state of awareness while going about our day, it can really make a great difference.

      Great blog btw!

  • Ingrid Jun 30, 2012 @ 16:57

    I want to meditate! But I am too lazy to make the time time. I don’t seem to be able to make time for it. Even a few minutes. I know it sounds ridiculous, even to me…but it’s true. Help!

    • Jim Jun 30, 2012 @ 19:27

      What can I say, Ingrid? If you want to, make time. If you don’t, don’t. But don’t expect to be happy if you want something without taking some action to get it.

      Having said that, if you can find 30 seconds, close your eyes and relax, you can learn to meditate. Carve out 30 seconds, and watch what happens. Just increase the time each day until you can sit for 2 minutes. Then, follow along with a guided meditation: http://accelerateme.net/meditation/free-guided-meditation-1-how-to-meditate/

      And if you enjoy that, keep going 😀 It’s so worth it!

  • Andrew Jun 20, 2012 @ 20:01

    I’ve often wondered if our brains can actually change after we’re fully grown. Gets me pretty excited about meditating. Good motivation to do it every day!

    thanks 🙂

    • Jim Jun 21, 2012 @ 10:43

      Absolutely. I found that when I was starting out meditating, staying motivated to do it was important. At least until I made it a habit.