Here’s an interesting article about a recent study done at UCLA School of Medicine’s Department of Neurology. I’ll let you read the article for all the juicy details, but they found that long term meditation makes your brain look younger structurally. For long term meditators, every year past age 50 shows an additional 1 year and 22 days “off” of their brain age. Now, the results of the study don’t show how long someone needs to meditate to achieve these effects, nor does it show whether these structural changes translate to changes in behavior or cognition.
In my personal experience, meditation has helped me slow down and be present. I would even say that I’ve learned so much appreciation for the present that it influenced my decision to take this one year round-the-world trip!
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