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How meditation changes your brain forever

According to research from the Harvard Gazette, brains that have learned to meditate demonstrate changes in brain activity even when not meditating.

Gaëlle Desbordes is an instructor in radiology at HMS and a neuroscientist at MGH’s Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging and after finding meditation helpful in her own life she decided to apply her scientific skills to figure out why.

According to the Gazette article; “Desbordes’ research demonstrated that changes in brain activity in subjects who have learned to meditate hold steady even when they’re not meditating. She uses functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), which not only takes pictures of the brain, as a regular MRI does, but also records brain activity occurring during the scan. In 2012, she took before-and-after scans of subjects who learned to meditate over the course of two months. She scanned them not while they were meditating, but while they were performing everyday tasks. The scans still detected changes in the subjects’ brain activation patterns from the beginning to the end of the study, the first time such a change — in a part of the brain called the amygdala — had been detected.”

At meditatehere we resonate with this research because we also experienced the benefits from meditation and wanted to find out how to transfer our experience into our worklives. As remote workers ourselves we have applied the experience of meditating in studios and on retreats into our living rooms while sitting at our laptops - and it worked!

The only key is; “direct experience” or the ability to experience a meditative state so that you can train your brain and change your brain. This doesn’t mean a 10 day silent retreat, although that is also very beneficial. This simply means consistency, and often guidance.

So today we offer you the opportunity to experience live meditation on zoom within our supportive community. We hope to see you there!


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