Meditation and prayer alter the brain

Just more documentation on the neuroplasticity of our brains and how we can change how they work and make them heal through discipline and faith. It’s important to note that specific religions are not noted here. This is a human faculty that is separate from specific religions.

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From the Ventura County Star:

Labeled one of the world’s leading experts on spirituality and the brain by Time and Newsweek magazines, neuroscientist Mark Waldman has found that a few simple modified meditations can change the brain in ways that promote physical, emotional and cognitive health and may even slow down the brain’s aging process.

“This, we propose, leads to greater cooperation between people: with couples, spouses, families, business associates and other groups of people,” said Waldman, a therapist with a counseling practice in Agoura Hills and Camarillo. He also is an associate fellow at the Center for Spirituality and the Mind at the University of Pennsylvania, where he conducts research on the neuropsychology of beliefs, morality, compassion and spiritual experiences.

“The neurological benefits of meditation are undeniable. Our research has documented how meditation, prayer and spiritual practices alter both the structure and function of the brain,” he said. “Meditation can be modified to improve academic performance, and our newest research shows that it may even slow down the aging process of the brain. Thus our research touches on some of the most important concerns of society.” (read the rest here)

Comments

  1. Gianna,

    Interesting….
    While at the store with my wife this weekend, noticed that Time Magazine’s cover had a story about faith….

    Wonder if this is the same writer – noticed he writes for Time…

    Haven’t read the Time Magazine piece yet.

    Anyway, very interesting article – thanks for posting.

    Duane

  2. MEDITATION. oh boy-interesting. it’s something i have yet to spend more than 1 or 2 minutes doing. but i will try because i know how very important it is. great article. thank you

  3. Arianna says:

    Thanks. I’m collecting links of this nature. Firstly, I print these links up so they don’t disappear! Then, I put them on my piano, as one meditation article compared learning meditation to be like learning the piano. Since I have played piano since age 3, that article struck home, and I also have to agree that my biofeedback/meditation is helping me way more than anything else ever has and really is like a skill, like piano.

    I meditate, now 40 minutes per day. Want to get that up to an hour. I feel different, qualitatively, and my readout on the biofeedback machine is reflecting this.

    Pills can help, like, for me, for two weeks and then they stop working.

    Again, nobody cares, since now I”m going off into “me” land, but I saw a new therapist, who again suggested that my body is so efficient at metabolising the drugs I’m taking, which is why I”m at a gram of Seroquel, or 1000mgs wheras others seem to stay at 100mgs.

    Anyway, will be printing it off, and then send a copy to my meditation teacher, who has around 30,000 students, and keeps a library on articles are about science, studying the brain with meditation, and in some cases, prayer.

    Best,
    Ari

  4. While I didn’t read the full article, I did read what you posted. I used to feel a significant difference when I would meditate (non-guided) but that is long since gone.

    I have no doubt there is a link between mind/body balance, finding it – be it spiritual or otherwise – seems to be so very hard for me.

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