Just as physical exercise can make your body stronger and more mobile, MRI studies suggest meditation may make your brain stronger, more resilient, and promote longevity.
Studies have shown that a regular meditation practice may increase cortical thickness and slow age-related thinning of the frontal cortex, the area of the brain associated with problem solving.
MRI Studies Report Thickening in 4 Regions of the Brain:
Posterior cingulate: mind wandering + self relevance
Left hippocampus: learning, cognition, memory, emotional regulation
Temporo parietal junction TPJ: empathy, compassion, perspective
Pons (area of brain stem): production of regulatory neurotransmitters
Reduction in size of:
- Amygdala: fight or flight- fear, stress, anxiety