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Meditation Changes the Brain

There's almost no limit to the value of meditation. A scientist studying the Chinese mindfulness meditation known as integrative body-mind training (IBMT) says that he and other researchers have confirmed that it changes the structural efficiency of white matter in the brain. They found positive behavioral changes in subjects practicing the technique for a month and a minimum of 11 hours total.

IBMT was adapted from traditional Chinese medicine in the 1990s in China, where it is practiced by thousands of people. It differs from other forms of meditation because it depends heavily on the inducement of a high degree of awareness and balance of the body, mind and environment.

Scientists Yi-Yuan Tang and Michael Posner found that improved mood changes coincided with increased brain-signaling connections. They also found an expansion of myelin, the protective fatty tissue that surrounds the nerves, in the brain’s anterior cingulate region. Deficits in activation for this area of the brain have been associated with attention deficit disorder, dementia, depression, schizophrenia and many other disorders.

Tang says, "When we got the results, we all got very excited because all of the other training exercises, like working-memory training or computer-based training, only have been shown to change myelination. We believe these changes may be reflective of the time of training involved in IBMT. We found a different pattern of neural plasticity induced by the training."

Whitley regularly posts new meditations, just for subscribers! And he explains all about how to meditate in The Path.

How do one meditate? I have no idea but would like to start.

Mediation is shifting one's attention from external senses to the internal (one's body). Search 'meditation' in the subscriber section. Whitley has posted over 14 meditations there. His early ones step you through the process; do not try to keep up with his narration on the early ones as he tends to breeze through them. Listen to the intended areas and replay once you get the jist. There is no wrong meditation method; enjoy the sensations and accept distractions. "May I fail well and return again soon."

Also, The Path describes the meditation process. The process of meditating is gradual. It is not something you do once or twice and you get instant results. Over time it changes you. The meditations posted on this website are very valuable. Take your time with each meditation. Don't feel the need to rush through them. You will know when you are ready to move on to the next one. However, I am not sure there is really an order with the twelve or so general meditations other than the earlier ones work with more basic concepts. The later ones build on the earlier ones. If you do the crop circle meditations you should do those in order.


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