How Does Meditation Change the Brain?

As we all know, mediation can improve a person’s physical and mental health by relieving stress, lowering blood pressure, and boosting one’s mood. According to this video I found on youtube, like everything else we do, mediation rewires our neural circuits by thinning the least used connections and strengthening the ones we exercise the most. “Mindfulness Mediation” is a type of mediation which challenges people to fix their attention on the present moment. Scientists have focused on this particular mediation for a while now, and it seems to be accurate. They have fond that Buddhist monks have really strong and healthy connection between scattered regions of their brains and that allows more synchronized communication. According to expert meditators, people who mediate develop a wrinkly cortex: brain’s outer layer. We depend on this cortex for many abilities like introspection and abstract thoughts. Meditation can also increase the volume and density of the hippocampus which is crucial for the memory. Studies have shown that people who medicate, usually scores higher on tests of attention and memory. Areas of our brains are necessary for sustaining attention, but as we age, they will shrink and decay. However, meditation counteracts this decay. Mediating at least for 12 to 20 minutes a day for a few weeks can sharpen one’s mind