Meditation has been passed down to the postmodern mainstream from ancient cultures. Only relatively recently have scientists and psychologists begun to study the quantifiable physiological effects the practice can have on those who meditate regularly. In fact, studies into meditation and neuroplasticity have revealed that regular long-term meditation actually changes the brain, particularly in areas associated with the regulation of emotions, learning, and memory.
Both those who practice meditation or have an outsider’s interest might be curious to know what the actual science behind this centuries-old practice is. Can meditation cause noticeable, real effects on a practitioner, or is it all just in the individual’s mind?
Watch the following video from the folks at AsapSCIENCE that briefly describes the current scientific findings on meditation and closes the debate on whether meditation can actually reduce stress, boost pain tolerance, and change the makeup of the human brain over time.