I’ve never really thought much about meditation, it seemed a bit on the “out there” side for me, plus I’m hopeless and sitting still and switching off my mind. But the more I read, the more it sounds less hippy and more valuable in maintaining a healthy mind. Research is starting to show meditation could be useful tool in helping treat depression and other emotional disorders. A recent study has shown that meditation brings about potentially beneficial changes in a brain region thought to be involved in self-regulation. Analysis of brain imaging showed that a short meditation program increased the amount of at the meditation interconnecting nerve fibres in a region of the brain called the anterior cingulate cortex. Weak nerve activity in this area is linked to depression and other mental illnesses.
Dr Elena Antonova, Research Fellow specialising in the neuroscience of mindfulness and well-being, Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London, said:
“The findings of this study are potentially good news for all of us. If as little as 11 hours of mindfulness training makes the brain wiring more prolific and better insulated, then simply by being mindful, which is accessible to anyone at any time, we might enjoy a lifetime of mental clarity and emotional stability.”
Information from here: Science Media Centre