Sunday, May 24, 2009

Think About This: Meditation Can Boost Brain Power

We know a good workout can help the body. But what about your brain? A group of UCLA researchers claim meditation may be the key. They used high-resolution MRI to scan the brains of people who meditate. In a study published in the journal NeuroImage, the researchers report that certain regions in the brains of long-term meditators were larger than in a similar control group.

Meditators showed significantly larger volumes of the hippocampus, the thalamus and the inferior temporal gyrus -- all regions known for regulating emotions.

"We know that people who consistently meditate have a singular ability to cultivate positive emotions, retain emotional stability and engage in mindful behavior," said Eileen Luders, lead author and a postdoctoral research fellow at the UCLA Laboratory of Neuro Imaging, reported. "The observed differences in brain anatomy might give us a clue why meditators have these exceptional abilities."

Research has confirmed the beneficial aspects of meditation. In addition to having better focus and control over their emotions, many people who meditate regularly have reduced levels of stress and bolstered immune systems. But less is known about the link between meditation and brain structure.

Brainwave technology is a fascinating field of research with many potential applications. Precision engineered sound waves balance right and left hemispheres of your brain to produce a state known as hemispheric synchronization.

This remarkable state of consciousness can dramatically enhance your mind's performance and tap into your infinite potential. As you listen, your brain wave activity will become more coherent and organized, you’ll feel relaxed yet lucid.

Brainwave technology is used in the videos below. To successfully meditate:

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