Thursday, July 5, 2012
Reducing Stress through Meditation
Some Science: In 2011, a team led by Harvard-affiliated researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) demonstrated meditation-produced changes over time in the brain’s gray matter. Participants in their study experienced increased gray-matter density in the hippocampus (important for learning and memory), and in structures associated with self-awareness, compassion, and introspection, after just 8 weeks of meditating for ~27 minutes a day. Participants also reported reductions in stress which correlated with decreased gray-matter density in the amygdala (our "fight-or-flight" area of the brain associated with anxiety and stress). The team used magnetic resonance imaging to measure their results.
Learn More: Interested in learning how to meditate? Join me for a free mini-class this summer. Check the course calendar for details.