Matthew Ricard: Experienced Meditators

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Experienced meditators are able to generate precise targeted mental states that are enduring and powerful.
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Among other things, experiments have shown that the region of the brain associated with mental states like compassion exhibits considerably greater activity among persons who have long meditative experience than among those who do not.
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These discoveries demonstrate that certain human qualities can be deliberately cultivated through mental training.
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Such studies have led to the publication of several articles in prestigious scientific journals, establishing the credibility of research on meditation, an area which had not been taken seriously until then.
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Richard Davidson, a leading neuroscientist, acknowledges: “These studies seem to demonstrate that the brain can be trained and physically modified in a way that few people would have imagined.
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Other scientific investigations have shown that you do not have to be a highly trained meditator to benefit from the effects of meditation: even 20 minutes of daily practice can contribute significantly to the reduction of stress, whose harmful effects on health are well established.
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One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Jennifer on January 5, 2017 at 4:40 pm

    Kids growing up so fast! Wow!

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