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Vipassana Meditation - Michigan
(248) 952-6815
5744 Adams Road
Troy, MI

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Great Lakes Buddhist Vihara
(248) 353-8155
21491 Beech Road
Southfield, MI
Theravada Buddhist

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Community Network Services Inc
(248) 745-4900
279 Summit Drive
Waterford, MI
Bio Medical Behavioral Healthcare Inc
(248) 706-5041
2520 Elizabeth Lake Road
Waterford, MI
Catholic Social Services of
(248) 666-8870
6637 Highland Road
Waterford, MI
Mu Mun Sa Temple - Zen Meditation Center of Michigan
(248) 650-2999
1370 John R. Road
Rochester Hills, MI

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Collaborative Solutions
(248) 706-3450
269 Summit Drive
Waterford, MI
Community Programs Inc
(248) 406-0090
1435 North Oakland Boulevard
Waterford, MI
Recovery Consultants Inc
(248) 738-8400
3139 West Huron Street
Waterford, MI
Perfect Solutions Inc
(248) 674-4630
3650 Dixie Highway
Waterford, MI
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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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