Benefits of Mindfulness Meditation

Mindfulness meditation has been scientifically proven to shrink the amygdala where fear is processed in the brain, reduce blood cortisol levels responsible for hypertension, and increase the brain’s prefrontal cortex where executive functioning occurs. Ancient meditation practices are proven to be beneficial through modern science!

Below are a series of links to related articles:

Cortisol levels

The benefits of meditation and mindfulness practices during times of crisis such as COVID-19 (nih.gov)

Effects of mindfulness meditation on serum cortisol of medical students – PubMed (nih.gov)

The Stress Hormone: How Meditation Reduces Cortisol – EOC Institute

Amygdala

The Caveman Brain: How Meditation Shrinks the Amygdala – EOC Institute

Eight weeks to a better brain – Harvard Gazette

Meditation-induced neuroplastic changes in amygdala activity during negative affective processing – PubMed (nih.gov)

[PDF] Mindfulness meditation training alters stress-related amygdala resting state functional connectivity: a randomized controlled trial. | Semantic Scholar

Prefrontal Cortex

4 Ways How Meditation Changes Your Prefrontal Cortex (And How It Benefits You) (outofstress.com)

Harvard researchers study how mindfulness may change the brain in depressed patients – Harvard Gazette

Increases in the right dorsolateral prefrontal cortex and decreases the rostral prefrontal cortex activation after-8 weeks of focused attention based mindfulness meditation – PubMed (nih.gov)