Meditation is so in vogue these days (which is great!) But, while the science has a long way to go, early studies show that mindful meditation can actually have very real positive effects on your brain!
Benefits of meditation include:
LESS ANXIOUS: The prefrontal cortex (or “me” center of the brain) processes information relating to ourselves and our experiences. Normally, the neural pathways from the bodily sensation and fear centers of the brain to the prefrontal cortex are really strong. When we meditate, we weaken this pathway, meaning we don’t react so strongly to sensation or anxiety-inducing triggers that we may once have.
FASTER LEARNING: As a meditative practice encourages mindfulness, being able to have better concentration or memory recall is another side effect of meditation. Research shows that people who practiced mindful meditation were able to adjust the brain wave that screens out distractions and increase their productivity more quickly than those who did not.
POTENTIAL FOR INCREASED CREATIVITY AND REVERSAL OF AGING BRAINS: Like I said, the science is still unfolding, but there have also been talks of various types of meditation increasing creativity and potentially turning the clock back on aging brains.