Proof that Meditation Changes Your Brain

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Blog | Jul, 01 2013

Proof that Meditation Changes Your Brain

 Meditation can be as complicated as contemplation, reflection and introspection, or it can simply be the process of closing your eyes, breathing and focusing on a positive outcome.

When one is diagnosed with cancer, it can be one of the most upsetting events that happen in a lifetime. Emotions such as anxiety and fear can overwhelm the patient, sometime crippling the patient emotionally. Meditation has been found to reduce stress associated with the diagnosis and improve the quality of life while on a Breast Cancer healing journey.

Maybe meditation isn’t so mysterious after all. Neuroscientists have found that meditators shift their brain activity to different areas of the cortex – brain waves in the stress-prone right frontal cortex move to the calmer left frontal cortex. This mental shift decreases the negative effects of stress, mild depression and anxiety. There is also less activity in the amygdala, where the brain processes fear.

Years of research have proven the benefits of meditation. In fact, this particular web site lists 100 benefits of meditation. Here are just a few:

Physiological benefits:meditation 3
1- It lowers oxygen consumption.
2- It decreases respiratory rate.
3- It increases blood flow and slows the heart rate.
4- Increases exercise tolerance.
5- Leads to a deeper level of physical relaxation

Psychological benefits:
36- Builds self-confidence.
37- Increases serotonin level, influences mood and behavior.
38- Resolve phobias & fears
39- Helps control own thoughts
40- Helps with focus & concentration
41- Increase creativity
42- Increased brain wave coherence.
43- Improved learning ability and memory.

 But recently, the study or “neuroplasticity” on the brain during meditation shows proof that our brain actually grows and changes during and after meditation. Neuroscientist Sara Lazar’s amazing brain scans show meditation can actually change the size of key regions of our brain, improving our memory and making us more empathetic, compassionate, and resilient under stress

Essential # 4 for Healing and Preventing Breast Cancer Naturally – Balance Your Energy, is a key component in recovering from Breast Cancer, or any illness for that matter. Taking the time to visualize your Immune System successfully removing unhealthy cells or seeing yourself in the future as healthy, whole and complete can certainly improve your recovery time. Enjoy the video.



  • Thanks for this article! I too have been sharing the wonderful benefits of meditation for my breast cancer site and I appreciate it when others spread the word as well. I found meditation to be one of the very best things I did for myself when going through breast cancer, still do. Quieting the mind is absolutely essential, it helps the immune system, it helps your nerves, so many things! Cheers.