Meditation connects with changes in the brain

A research says that, the sensation of well-being experienced by people from practicing meditation is linked with specific changes in the brain that may lead to improved clinical references of the practice.

The research that was printed in the journal ‘Brain and Cognition’, observed the effects of the method known as Transcendental Meditation (TM), it is a form of silent mantra meditation that was established by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. The researchers from the IMT School in Italy, registered 34 young & healthy volunteers and separated them in two groups. According to them, the first group practiced TM for two sessions of 20 minutes each, one in the morning and the other in the evening.

However, the second group did not change its daily routine. The anxiety and stress levels of all the participants were measured at the beginning of the study, as well as the ability to manage stressful situations. The participants were exposed to a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) brain scan, to measure the organ’s movement at rest, and also the changes in the application of energy among different rational zones.

The test was repeated after three months. The stages of anxiety and stress professed by the participants who practiced the meditation program were significantly lower than the participants who did not practice mediation.