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If you can change your brain, you can change your life.
Rick Hanson, PhD, author of Buddha's Brain: Happiness, Love and Wisdom
Why Meditate?

"A lamp sheltered from the wind which does not flicker" – to this is compared the true [woman or] man of yoga whose mind has vanished in the Self.

When [her or] his mind has become serene by the practice of meditation, has sees through the self and rests in the Self, rejoicing.

He knows the infinite joy that is reached by the understating beyond the senses; steadfast, he does not fall back from the truth.

Attaining this state, he knows that there is no higher attainment; he is rooted unshaken even by the deepest sorrow.

This is true yoga: the unbinding of the bonds of sorrow. Practice this yoga with determination and with a courageous heart.

--From the Bhagavad Gita, translated by Stephen Mitchell

Improves academic performance

  • Increases resilience/recovery from stress
  • Decreases stress hormones
  • Increases self-awareness
  • Strengthens compassion and insight
  • Decreases hospital utilization
  • Speeds up recovery time after surgery or illness
  • Improves behavior in children
  • Reverses or slows aging
  • Increases measures of longevity
  • Decreases inflammation
  • Reduces substance abuse
  • Reduces conflict
  • Lowers stress hormones
  • Increased productivity
  • Heightened synergy of brain function
  • Better integration of personality
  • Reduces blood pressure
  • Increased reports of happiness
  • Sharpens mental focus
  • Greater degrees of empathy
  • Reduction of chronic pain
  • Lowered rates and intensity of anxiety
  • Increased measurements of intelligence
  • Reduction in symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder in veterans
  • Slows heart rate and respiratory rate
  • Induces muscle relaxation
  • More coherent synchronicity among brain wave patterns
 

 

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