Meditation changes brain activity

Times of India:

Landscape artist Jane Anderson struggled with seasonal affective disorder in the winter months. She tried meditation and noticed a change within a month.

“My experience was a sense of calmness, of better ability to regulate my emotions,” she says.

Her experience inspired a new study which found changes in brain activity after only five weeks of meditation training, the journal Psychological Science reports.

But Anderson, who did this research as an undergraduate student, together with a team of University of Wisconsin-Stout faculty and students, wanted to know if there was a change in brain activity after a shorter period.

At the beginning of the new study, each participant had an EEG, a measurement of the brain’s electrical activity, according to a Wisconsin university statement.

Then a group was invited to take part in meditation training, while the other group was told they would be trained later.

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I have always used mindfulness to become part of
the moment of doing something and fully engaging.
For instance, when drinking tea or coffee, fully
become aware of all aspects of the preparation,
pouring, and drinking without thinking of
something else. Just be present, its a great
exercise and then return to the breath when
needed.

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