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Ayurveda is more than 5,000 years old, and all this time it has recommended meditation.  Now researchers are doing scientific research that proves just how great meditation is.  Not that we needed proof, we can see the benefits of meditation in our lives with reduced stress, better sleep, lower blood pressure and lot more.  But since this study made the news, I thought I’d share with you.  Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital have found that meditation changes gray matter in the brain.  Those who meditate regularly have increased thickness in a region called the insula, which is key to integrating thoughts and emotions.  This helps explain biologically just how meditation relieves stress.  They also found that people who have practiced meditation for years had increased thickening in areas of the brain affecting heart rate and breathing.  As we age, the brain tends to thin in areas that sustain attention and regulate memory.  Yet those same areas were thickened in the brains of meditators!  Science has already shown that the rain can change by learning another language or by playing a musical instrument.  Now we know, scientifically, that the brain is capable of change through the internal exercise of meditation.


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