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“Neuroscience Reveals 50-Year-Olds Can Have the Brains of 25-Year-Olds If They Do This 1 Thing”

Monday, August 05, 2019

Melanie CurtinWriter posted an interesting article on meditation: www.inc.com/melanie-curt
in/neuroscience-shows-that
-50-year-olds-can-have-bra
ins-of-25-year-olds-if-the
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and noted work by neuroscientist Sara Lazar, of Mass General and Harvard Medical School.

The results from her first study “showed that those with a strong meditation background had increased gray matter in several areas of the brain, including the auditory and sensory cortex, as well as insula and sensory regions … the 50-year-old meditators had the same amount of gray matter as those half their age.”
www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc
/articles/PMC1361002/


In her second study, people with no experience with meditation entered an eight-week mindfulness program. “Participants were told to meditate for 40 minutes a day, but the average ended up being 27 minutes a day. Several other studies suggest that you can see significant positive changes in just 15 to 20 minutes a day.”
www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc
/articles/PMC3004979/

The results showed “thickening in several regions of the brain, including the left hippocampus (involved in learning, memory, and emotional regulation); the TPJ (involved in empathy and the ability to take multiple perspectives); and a part of the brainstem called the pons (where regulatory neurotransmitters are generated)…. [and] shrinkage of the amygdala, a region of the brain associated with fear, anxiety, and aggression. This reduction in size of the amygdala correlated to reduced stress levels in those participants.”
“Turns out meditating can give you the brain of a 25-year-old. Too bad it can't also give you the body of one.”
Clearly, something we can do daily as we Intentionally Celebrate the emoticon of Life Daily; becoming "AWAKE, ALIVE, AWARE AND APPRECIATIVE OF ALL that IS" while not letting doubt build mountains and practicing the “good medicine” of Gratitude.
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