Previous research on meditation has shown that it aids in lowering blood pressure, improves immune system and brain function and minimizes pain sensitivity. A new study shows what exactly it is about meditation that seems to have these beneficial effects.
Different effects of meditation helps us in different ways according to the study. For example, regulation of attention may help us be extra-aware of our bodily state. And by being aware of our bodies, we are able to recognize the emotions we are currently experiencing, researchers said.
Previous research from Holzel has shown that mindfulness meditation can actually change the structure of the brain, especially in the brain regions that control our sense of self, stress, memory and emotions. These new results show that learning how to meditate correctly will give you control over your confidence, stress and happiness!
In this study, published earlier this year in the journal Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging, researchers looked at brain images of 16 people who participated in an eight-week meditation for stress reduction program.