Eastern forms of relaxation and enlightenment have pervaded western culture over the past few decades, but aside from theoretic benefits, there has been little evidence of tangible change. Meditation is one of the most widely used practices that has recently garnered interest in academia. A recent study of brain scans over a period of time showed a skeptical Sara Lazar that there were physiological changes to the brain after a meditation practice was established.
The sizes of key regions of our brain improve as a result of meditation, memory is made far more efficient, and empathy, compassion, and resiliency under stress are also improved. For skeptics, this study showed how the brain literally changes with meditation in order to provide dozens of positive benefits for anyone who starts a practice.
Original source: TEDx Cambridge – Sara Lazar on how meditation can reshape our brains