Science-Based Health Benefits of Meditation
In recent years, many scientific studies have focused on the benefits of meditation on our brains. And the amazing thing is that each study attributes a “new” benefit to meditation. But are these benefits really new? Indeed, meditation has been practiced by our ancestors for centuries. Finally, science and new technologies only confirm the benefits of meditation on the brain. Meditation has a surprising variety of benefits for our neurons: preservation of gray matter, reduction of activity in the region of the brain linked to awareness of the “me” (and therefore of the ego), and improved connection between regions of the brain.
In this article, we have compiled the most interesting research on meditation.
All of them indicate that meditation produces measurable results on the most important organ in our body: the brain. The best part is that these physiological changes in the brain also have psychological benefits. Several studies have thus looked into the psychic benefits of meditation. They show that meditation relieves anxiety and depression. Generally speaking, meditation improves concentration and psychological well-being.
Here are the 4 scientifically meditation for Brain proven by Art of Living Foundation:
Slows down the Aging of the Brain
According to a study from the University of California (UCLA), which focused on aging, the brains of people who practice meditation for several years are better preserved than that of people who do not practice meditation.
Calms Brain Activity
One of the most interesting studies in recent years, which was done by Yale University in the United States, found that meditation calms brain activity. Indeed, meditation decreases the tendency of our brain to wander from thought to thought and thus generate stress. And since wandering from thought to thought is one of the causes of people who are less happy, who ruminate and worry about the past and the future, meditation is a good remedy to feel better quickly. Several studies show that meditation can reduce the number of thoughts in the brain. As a result, you feel less stressed and calmer on a daily basis.
It is not just children who are prone to concentration problems. Millions of adults have the same challenges whether or not they have ADD. This is why it is interesting to point out that one of the most important benefits of meditation is that it improves our ability to concentrate. In a recent study, researchers analyzed the effect of meditation on the performance of participants in an oral reasoning test. Only 2 weeks of meditation training was enough to improve the concentration and memory skills of the participants. This improvement is significant: the scores have indeed increased by 16%. Read more health benefits by Art Of Living Foundation.
Reduces anxiety and social phobia
Many people learn about meditation to take advantage of one of its main benefits: stress reduction. Moreover, several studies confirm the validity of this approach.
Indeed, researchers at Stanford University have found that MBSR meditation allows changes in areas of the brain associated with attention. They also found that this form of meditation relieves symptoms of social phobia.
Help to overcome an “addiction” According to several studies, meditation acts directly on areas of the brain related to self-control. Therefore, it is a particularly effective technique in helping people overcome several types of addiction. In particular, one study looked at the effectiveness of meditation in helping people who want to quit smoking. Art of Living Foundation says, she compared the effectiveness of mindfulness meditation to that of smoking cessation programs.
Is meditation worth trying?
Of course, meditation is not a quick fix for all problems. But there is a great deal of evidence that indicates that it brings multiple benefits to people who practice it regularly. More and more people, and even large companies (Apple, Google, etc.), have thus integrated meditation into their daily program.
Hamza Fazal is a reporter for The Hear UP. After graduating from the University of Abbottabad, Hamza got an internship at the NPR and worked as a reporter and producer. Hamza has also worked as a reporter for the Medium. Hamza covers health and science for The Hear UP.
quantum wormholes United Kingdom has potentially figured out
Vice reports that a physicist working at the University of Bristol in the UK has potentially discovered quantum wormholes. Researcher Hatim Salih has proposed an experiment that makes a type of teleportation called “counter-transportation” realistically feasible. However, this isn’t exactly the Star Trek transporter many sci-fi fans have dreamed of over the years. Here’s everything you need to know about Salih’s quantum wormhole experiment.
Salih’s quantum wormhole is a huge scientific breakthrough.
The general theory of relativity of the famous scientist Albert Einstein affirms that hypothetical “bridges” are possible between two points in space-time. However, since 1935, when Einstein presented his theory, the existence of wormholes has been purely hypothetical. However, Salih’s experiment paves the potential way to achieve the longstanding goal of traversing a rift in space-time.
Counterportation comes from “counterfactual” and “transportation” and while similar to teleportation, the two terms are not synonymous. “Counterportation gives you the end goal of recreating an object in space,” Salih said. “[B] but we can make sure nothing happened.”
Although unfortunately, for Salih to achieve true counterportation, they’ll have to wait a few years. The quantum computers necessary to perform the task don’t exist yet in 2023. “If counterportation is to be realized, an entirely new type of quantum computer has to be built,” Salih said. However, development is underway, and Salih hopes to complete it in three to four years.
Wormholes are a classic trope of science fiction in popular media, if only because they provide such a handy futuristic plot device to avoid the issue of violating relativity with faster-than-light travel. In reality, they are purely theoretical. Unlike black holes—also once thought to be purely theoretical—no evidence for an actual wormhole has ever been found, although they are fascinating from an abstract theoretical physics perceptive. You might be forgiven for thinking that undiscovered status had changed if you only read the headlines this week announcing that physicists had used a quantum computer to make a wormhole, reporting on a new paper published in Nature.
Let’s set the record straight right away: This isn’t a bona fide traversable wormhole—i.e., a bridge between two regions of spacetime connecting the mouth of one black hole to another, through which a physical object can pass—in any real, physical sense. “There’s a difference between something being possible in principle and possible in reality,” co-author Joseph Lykken of Fermilab said during a media briefing this week. “So don’t hold your breath about sending your dog through a wormhole.” But it’s still a pretty clever, nifty experiment in its own right that provides a tantalizing proof of principle to the kinds of quantum-scale physics experiments that might be possible as quantum computers continue to improve.
“It’s not the real thing; it’s not even close to the real thing; it’s barely even a simulation of something-not-close-to-the-real-thing,” physicist Matt Strassler wrote on his blog. “Could this method lead to a simulation of a real wormhole someday? Maybe in the distant future. Could it lead to making a real wormhole? Never. Don’t get me wrong. What they did is pretty cool! But the hype in the press?
The success of this experiment could change the field of physics forever.
Additionally, Salih posits that this work is tantamount to the particle acceleration work at the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN). “This work will be in the spirit of the multi-billion ventures that exist to witness new physical phenomena,” Salih said. “[…] But at a fraction of the resources.”
The ultimate goal of the quantum wormhole experiment is to “explore fundamental questions about the universe,” Salih says. And if successful, the experiment could allow scientists to research “higher dimensions.”
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