Recent scientific research has shown that meditation practices can cause your brain cells to grow and make you smarter. This research is validating what yogis and meditators have know for millennia.
The scientific evidence reported by Richard Crown in a document from the University of Massachusetts Center for Mindfulness is that
…meditation actually grows grey matter in the hippocampus. This area of the brain is already known as being associated with learning and memory, and with structures related to compassion, self-awareness and introspection.
Compassion, self-awareness, and introspection. Those are exactly the areas that we target in meditation.
Meditation Practices Can Cause Your Brain Cells To Grow
Richard Crown goes on to say
For thousands of years, metta meditation has focused on growing loving compassion for all living beings.
Does growth in compassion come as a direct result of growing more brain cells in the brain’s structures associated with compassion?
After reading this report, it seems highly likely. What’s even more interesting is the fact that meditating caused those brain cells to grow.
Metta is a meditation practice of showering loving kindness blessings on yourself, people you love, and, ultimately, all sentient beings. These are acts of friendliness and compassion, and they bring joy and equanimity to the practitioner and the beneficiaries.
Crown concludes with
Meditation opens up an entire new vista of mental abilities directly associated with changes and new physical growth in our brains. Western medical science is only now validating what Eastern meditation practitioners have known for millennia.
Meditation makes you smarter in ways that you can’t begin to imagine in your present state.
Try it and see for yourself.
All of these statements corroborate the research we have seen in other recent posts such as Science Investigates Meditation Practices and Meditation Practices Can Change Your Life – The Dalai Lama.
What I like about his article is what he reveals about his encounters with such great teachers as Krishna Kantha, Thailand’s living saint and Sri Aurobindo. One of my teachers, George Simon, was very fond of Sri Aurobindo and I admired those teachings when I was a young man.
“Try It and See For Yourself”
Are you now ready to try it and see for your self that meditation practices can cause your brain cells to grow? I bet you are! If not now, when?
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