By exercising the brain (yes, you can use repetition and habit as you do when you exercise the body), we can achieve what may have previously seemed nearly impossible.
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Ordinarily, the brain’s nucleus accumbens experiences a dopamine rush when you experience something pleasant — like having sex, eating a slice of chocolate cake, or finding a $20 bill in your pocket. But Knutson’s research, still in the early stages, is showing that in Tibetan Buddhist monks, this area of the brain may be able to light up for altruistic reasons.
A growing body of research suggests that yoga and meditation may reduce the stress that tends to assail bodies confined to desks for hours at a time. Companies are investing in the notion that limiting stress will translate into fewer employee absences, lower health care costs and higher morale, encouraging workers to stick around.
The great benefit of meditating is that it quiets the mind, and you can feel peaceful without all that mental chatter going on. It’s like getting away from someone who can’t stop talking, only that someone happens to be you!
According to recent research, brain function is affected long after meditation is over
Researchers found that anxiety levels decreased by up to 39 percent after mindfulness meditation training, and that those decreases in anxiety seemed to be linked with the activation and deactivation of particular brain regions.
After a 10 day Meditation retreat, this writer asks if Vipassana might be used more in our prisons.