Benefits of Meditation

Neuropsychologist Rick Hanson PhD explains how mindfulness meditation can strengthen our brains and has particular relevance as people age. This presentation was recorded at the Greater Good Science Center in UC Berkeley as part of the Science of a Meaningful Life Series. Transcript About Rick Hanson Books, Audio Programs Transcript Video Transcript: How many of [...]

Quantum physicist and educator John Hagelin PhD, presents research findings on the effects of meditation on the brain and intelligence, and advocates for meditation as a method of promoting a host of positive benefits, from relaxation to increased creativity. Transcript About Transcript Transcript from the video: What we’re talking about is the effect on the [...]

Vedic meditation teacher Gary Gorrow describes the many physiological benefits of practicing meditation. According to Gary, when you practice Vedic Meditation your body rests in a state several times deeper than sleep. This profound rest creates the perfect conditions whereby your mind and body can purify and normalize, throw off stress and fatigue and come [...]

Catherine Kerr, PhD, renowned expert on neuroscience and meditation, presents her research findings on why mindfulness meditation begins by focusing on the breath, and how mindfulness-based somatic awareness (cultivated through attention to breath, body sensations) changes the brain. Excerpts as transcribed from the video: Mindfulness is a secular form of meditation that is being portrayed [...]

Dr. Deepak Chopra briefly explains one of the health benefits of meditation in slowing down the aging process. He cites the work of Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn, a cell biologist who shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2009 for her co-discovery of an enzyme called the telomerase. This enzyme influences the length of [...]

Pema Chödrön, an ordained nun in the Shambhala lineage of Tibetan Buddhism, talks about the importance of meditation in order to develop self-compassion and consequently true compassion for other beings. Transcript of the video: I think you just keep in mind, that if you want to, as your life goes on, be more and more [...]

Kelly McGonigal, PhD, presents the latest findings from neuroscience on how meditation practice changes the brain, and offers fresh insight into concepts like mindfulness and suffering. Transcript About Related Resources Transcript Highlights as transcribed from the presentation: Experiential Self vs. Conceptual Self The mind’s habit of carefully constructing and then rigidly defending a sense of [...]

James Dierke, principal of Visitacion Valley Middle School in San Francisco, CA, talks about the meditation program he implemented to try and improve student learning and behavior in his school. When Dierke first arrived at the school it had the highest absentee rate, the highest suspension rate, the highest teacher turnover rate, the lowest academic [...]

Sara Lazar, PhD, a neuroscientist in the Psychiatry Department at Massachusetts General Hospital and an Instructor in Psychology at Harvard Medical School.  gives a presentation on her research findings relating to the meditation effects on the brain. HIghlights of the presentation: Scientific research has validated the benefits of meditation, including: Decreased stress Reduced symptoms associated [...]

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