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Meditation Gives Brain a Charge, Study Finds

WashingtonPost.com: “[The University of Wisconsin’s Richard] Davidson says his newest results from the meditation study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in November, take the concept of neuroplasticity a step further by showing that mental training through meditation (and presumably other disciplines) can itself change the inner workings and circuitry of the brain.” This is the latest installment in the long-standing cooperation between the Dalai Lama and the international scientific community. The results of this study were actually published in November, but the Post gives this item a big spread and a lead-in from the front page of the paper edition. The print newspaper had a really neat photo of a Tibetan monk wearing a bizarre-looking network of 256 electronic sensors on his head.

This research is changing the way that the Western scientists see the brain. They now recognize that significant changes can take place well after the formative development years (childhood).

Scientific confirmation of what many of us already know

Last month, Newsweek brought out a cover story about the ties between the body and the mind. Herbert Benson, M.D, the “discoverer” (or first medical observer) of the relaxation response, is the lead voice in the issue. The issue covers what science is saying about the connection, including research on fertility, menopause and cancer. There are also some audio recordings of conversations between Newsweek editors Claudia Kalb and Dr. Michael Miller. [MLS: Newsweek has gone through some corporate┬áreincarnations so I have lost track of this cover story.]

This cover story just reinforces a conviction that I have come to lately: this whole voyage of discovery is putting a new awareness of the power available to me to deal with life. It’s a liberating realization, one that also has to be tempered with humility, caution and constant challenge of first impressions.

I used to work for Newsweek when I was a journalist in Peru so I have a preference for the publication. Time has also done similar takeouts.