• Science

    Meditation is also a training of your brain. It creates new networks and cells and activates certain parts of the brain linked with concentration, wellbeing, self-regulation, empathy, compassion, learning, memory and awareness and less so with parts linked to ego, fear and depressive feelings.


    So let's have a look at what science tells us...

  • Science in a nutshell



    Focus & attention have far reaching consequences for your work, relationships, sports, daily activities… but is also linked to our ability to control impulses, emotions and achieve long-term goals. Meditation allows you to:

    • become aware and let go of distraction 
    • experience joy and gratitude with everyday activities by coming back to the present
    • keep mind-wandering in check and worry less
    • important for craving, addictions and creating new habits




    Meditation has long-lasting effects on how you perceive and deal with reality and the challenge in your life:

    • resilience & significant decreases in fear, anxiety, stress and depressive symptoms 
    • regulation of negative self-beliefs 
    • intentially choose how to respond on emotions instead of responding impulsively
    • Improvement of sleep, immune system, blood pressure and physical pain (important for chronic pain diseases)




    Non-reactive observation allows for new ideas and empathy to emerge and promotes:

    • cognitive flexibility and divergent thinking
    • ability to filter information in creative processes
    • empathy & more qualitative communication 
    • relating to other's states of minds, motivations, desires, ...
    • understanding and less conflict
    • appreciation for others
    • more compassion for others and yourself




    After only 2 weeks, structural changes -volume and activity- have been observed in (among others):

    • PREFRONTAL CORTEX - overriding automatic behavior and regulating emotions, including stress and fear and enhancing empathy
    • ANTERIOR CINGULATE CORTEX - for focus, self-regulation, learning from past experiences, purposefully direct attention and behavior
    • ANTERIOR INSULA - bodily sensations, 'gut feeling' and empathy
    • AMYGDALA - responsible for automatic reactions, including fight or flight responses
    • HIPPOCAMPUS - resilience to stress, learning and memory
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