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Heartland Community of Mindful Living
(816) 333-3043
c/o Unity Temple on the Plaza
Kansas City, MO
Specialty
Zen

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American Buddhist Center
816 561-4466, ext. 143
Unity Temple on the Plaza
Kansas City, MO
Specialty
Buddhist

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Preferred Family Healthcare Inc
(816) 407-1754
7 Westowne Street
Liberty, MO
 
Tri County Community MHS
(816) 452-6550
1505 NE Parvin Road
Kansas City, MO
 
Outpatient Care in Independence
(816) 254-3652
10901 E Winner Rd # 10
Independence, MO
 
Mid America Dharma
(573) 817-9942
PO Box 120246
Kansas City, MO
Specialty
Theravada Buddhist

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National Council On Alcoholism And Drug Dependence--Kansas City
816/361-5900
633 East 63Rd Street
Kansas City, MO
Services Provided
Drug and Alcohol Information/Referral Services, Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention, Drug and Alcohol Intervention Services
Membership Organizations
NCADD Affiliate

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Tri County Mental Health Services
(816) 468-0400
3100 NE 83rd Street
Kansas City, MO
 
Kansas City Community Center (KCCC)
(816) 836-3677
103 North Main Street
Independence, MO
 
Kansas City Community Center (KCCC)
(816) 842-1805
622 Benton Boulevard
Kansas City, MO
 
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Meditation builds strong brains

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By Megan Keough

Apparently, people who meditate are a bit thickheaded—in a good way of course. A new study led by Massachusetts General Hospital shows that the regular practice of a particular form of meditation appears to thicken areas of the brain associated with attention and sensory processing.

Brain scans of experienced, frequent meditators showed thickening in the insula, an area of the cortex involved in the integration of emotion with thought. Most of the structural changes occurred in the right hemisphere of the brain, in the prefrontal cortex, which regulates memory and attention. This area tends to thin as we age, and yet the thickening was more pronounced in older practitioners. According to Sara Lazar, PhD, the study’s lead author, this evidence suggests that meditation may slow down the atrophy of certain areas of the brain that typically occurs with age.

Perhaps even more interesting, you needn’t don robes and retire to a cave somewhere to achieve these results. Instead of scanning the brains of Buddhist monks who devote their lives to meditation, researchers enrolled 20 people who averaged nine years of experience and about 40 minutes a day meditating. (Fifteen people with no experience in meditation formed the control group.) Those participants who meditated most deeply—as measured by breathing rates—showed the greatest changes in their brains, which suggests that meditation caused the thickening, as opposed to the thickening indicating a predisposition to meditate.

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