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Benefits of Meditation

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An obvious result of meditation is that it calms the mind. There are physiological changes in the body which lead to this visible, palpable change. The following paragraphs explain these changes and underline their effects.

Sharpening and Shutting Down the Brain

The front part of the brain, involved in focusing attention and concentration, is more active but activity in the parietal lobe, which gives us a sense of our orientation in space and time, is greatly reduced. The latter is because meditation practices train the learner not to be distracted by sensory and cognitive input. It also explains the reason why there is a very real sense of ‘oneness with the universe’ as the part of the brain which gives us our bearings is almost switched off. The perception that the self is endless is not an emotional fabrication or wishful thinking bu