What neuroscience tells us about the importance of meditation

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Enter a short description of the image hereI know many of us think we are too busy to meditate, and many others say (almost with pride-tinged embarrassment) things like, "Oh, I can't meditate. I've got too much of a monkey mind." So if you need a little more encouragement, here is a video about what neuroscience tell us through research about the importance of meditation in our daily lives.

Regardless of how strong, modest, or nonexistent your meditaton practice is, it is well worth the few minutes that it takes to watch this TEDx-talk by Mark Robert Waldman, recorded on March 27, 2010 at the TEDxConejo conference.

Think "neuroscience made easy." This speaker's humor, gift of candor, and matter-of-fact presentation style makes information very accessible and creates a strong case about why meditation needs to be an everyday, significant part of our lives.  Click here to see the video. Find out why pondering big ideas in your life affects the neurological structure and functioning of your brain—and ultimately your quality of life and well being, as well as the lives of those around you. Question of the day: "What is my deepest, innermost value?"

Note:  Mark Robert Waldman is a therapist and Associate Fellow at the Center for Spirituality and the Mind, at the University of Pennsylvania, where he conducts brain scan research with Andrew Newbert, MD, on the neurological corralates of how positive and negative meditation effects brain physiology and chemistry—and therefore our health and sense of well being. He is also admunct faculty at Loyola Marymount University, in Los Angeles, where he is developing communcation tools for the Executive MBA program, and the author of many wonderful books.

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Posted by: Cynthia Eaton