Some reasons to keep at it
If you don’t meditate every single day, don’t sweat it. Over the long haul, it is reported that regular long term meditators receive benefits.
Neuropsychologist Rick Hanson describes some of the benefits:
- More cortical tissue
- Thicker cortex behind the forehead, the pre-frontal region, that helps regulate attention, emotion and action.
- Thicker cortex in the insula, a part of the brain that helps us tune into ourselves and to the emotions of others.
- Thicker cortex in the hippocampus, a part of the brain that puts things in perspective and calms down the “alarm bell” of the brain, (the amygdala) making people more resilient and even reducing the size of the amygdala.
- Stronger immune system.
- Increased activation of the left side of the pre-frontal cortex, (for most people language is on the left and visual/spacial on the right) meaning more positive emotion.
- Greater intensity and reach of gamma range brain waves, (fastest) associated with greater learning and more sense of integration and wholeness.
- Preserves the length of telomeres, protecting us from age related illness.
I’ll take these side-effects any day.
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