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Friday 8 October 2010

Expansion of consciousness and brain plasticity

Dr. Rosenfeld believes that "it is no exaggeration to say that meditation heals the body and more of the psyche. Moreover, the Buddha is often called the Great Physician. He taught himself the mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), a mixture of MBSR and behavioral therapies, aimed at older depressed from which it reduced by 50% the risk of relapse.

Among the first discoveries, we realized that meditation slows the heart rate and breathing, muscle tension and brain waves. Studies indicate a preventive cardiovascular disorders, or a drop in blood pressure, chronic pain in older people, chronic low back pain, etc..

More recently, highlighting the plasticity of the brain shows that, depending on their use, the neural connections disappear, creating or reinforcing. Richard Davidson's research with Buddhist monks have thus shown that meditation changes the brain that generates much of gamma waves. According to Wolf Singer, allow several areas of the brain to synchronize their operation, thus increasing the level of consciousness. Images obtained by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in seasoned monks have also measured increased activity in left prefrontal cortex, in conjunction with positive emotions, according to Dr. Thierry Janssen, stimulate immunity.

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