It has recently been found that those who participate in contemplative practices increase the size of their brain, especially the part that controls empathy. Pretty amazing, huh?
In this episode of “Ask Deepak” on The Chopra Well, Deepak explores the idea of contemplative neuroscience, which is a way of studying the brain that takes into consideration how consciousness and self-awareness affect the expression of genes and the evolution of the brain.
What is the future of this type of neuroscience? Why is it important to understand these developments in our approach to brain science?
For one, more that 5 million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s, a disease that affects memory, mood, language and reasoning – all, of course, functions of the brain. Though causes and prevention measures are not definitive at this point, mindfulness practices like meditation have been shown to reduce stress and improve mood and sleep patterns in those already suffering from cognitive impairment. Since we already know that meditation can help improve brain and immune function, further investigations in the realm of contemplative neuroscience can only bring us closer to a prescription for life long brain health and happiness.
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