Buddhas Brain: Stimulating the ParaSympathetic Nervous System

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Meditation activates the ParaSympathetic Nervous system through multiple pathways.
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These include withdrawing attention from stressful matters, relaxing, and bringing awareness into the body.
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Through stimulating the PNS and other parts of the nervous system, regular meditation:
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Increases gray matter in the insula, hippocampus and prefrontal cortex;
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reduces cortical thinning due to aging in prefrontal regions strengthened,
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improves psychological functions associated with these regions, including attention, compassion and empathy.
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Increases activation of left frontal regions, which lifts mood;
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Increases the power and reach of fast, gamma-range brainwaves in experienced Tibetan practitioners);
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brainwaves are the weak but measurable electrical waves produced by large numbers of neurons firing rhythmically together.
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Decreases stress-related cortisol.
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Strengthens the immune system;
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Helps a variety of medical conditions.
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