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Tam Quang Temple / Clear Mind Temple
(269) 792-2992
1015 129th Street, Box 93
Bradly, MI
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Pine Rest
(616) 222-5180
243 68th Street
Grand Rapids, MI
Family Outreach Center
(616) 247-3815
1939 South Division Avenue
Grand Rapids, MI
Outpatient Care in Grand Rapids
(616) 242-6400
2303 Kalamazoo Ave SE
Grand Rapids, MI
Salvation Army
(616) 742-0351x742
72 Sheldon Boulevard SE
Grand Rapids, MI
Pine Rest Christian Mental Hlth Servs
(616) 222-3700
4211 Parkway Place
Grandville, MI
Rehab Treatment Center in Grand Rapids
(616) 942-2110
300 68th St SE
Grand Rapids, MI
Outpatient Care in Grand Rapids
(616) 247-3815
1939 Division Ave S
Grand Rapids, MI
Eastern Clinic
(616) 243-6262
1555 Eastern Avenue SE
Grand Rapids, MI
Proaction Behavioral Health Alliance
(616) 776-0891x300
200 Eastern Avenue SE
Grand Rapids, 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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