Thanks to lots of research that has been done over the past few decades, it’s now a widely known fact that meditation can reduce stress and anxiety. For this reason, it’s safe to assume that meditation is probably good for regulating emotions. That being said, though, there is scientific evidence to suggest that meditation has a direct effect on our physical well-being, which dramatically affects our body awareness and perspective of the self.
According to a recent study, mindfulness meditation may help regulate emotions. In the study evidence suggests that mindfulness practice is associated with neuroplasticity changes in the anterior cingulate cortex, insula, temporo-parietal junction, fronto-limbic network, and default mode network structures.
This evidence-based research illustrates the brain’s adaptability to manage stress and emotions through the cognitive benefits of mindfulness meditation. Increasing exercises for the brain through meditation can lead to the long-term benefactors for our overall health and neuroplasticity (i.e., neural connections, brain).
What is neuroplasticity? Well, Merriam Webster defines it as:
Capacity of neurons and neural networks in the brain to change their connections and behaviour in response to new information, sensory stimulation, development, damage, or dysfunction. Rapid change or reorganization of the brain’s cellular or neural networks can take place in many different forms and under many different circumstances. Neuroplasticity occurs when neurons in the brain sprout and form synapses.
Neuroplasticity forms the basis of research into brain-computer interface technology, in which computers are designed to interact with the brain to restore sensation in people with an impaired sense such as the loss of vision.
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