Scientists in Nepal Show the Neurological Benefits of Meditation on Buddhist Monks

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Scientists in Nepal Show the Neurological
Benefits of Meditation on Buddhist Monks Scientists from the University of Victoria
and the University of British Columbia in Canada have revealed new findings about the
benefits of meditation after investigating its effect on the brains of Buddhist monks
at Tengboche Monastery in northeastern Nepal’s Solukhumbu district. Neuroscientist Olav Krigolson, co-leader of
the research team, said that the group had studied 27 monks, all of whom are well-versed
in meditation, with the aim of exploring how meditation enhances brain function. The scientists used Muse headbands, which
include electroencephalograph (EEG) technology, to measure and record the brain activity of
the monks during meditation and while playing video games. EGG measures metrics such as heart rate, body
temperature, respiratory rate, muscle tension, and brain waves. The monks were asked to play a simple video
game before and after meditation, which involved counting the number of blue circles appearing
on a screen filled mostly with green circles. When the monks played the game after meditating,
EEG scan showed that their neurons were more responsive to visual stimuli than before meditation,
allowing the monks to count more blue circles during the post-meditation game session than
in the pre-meditation session. The research demostrated that, compared with
the mental state of rest, the monks’ brains were still very active during meditation,
with increased brain signals associated with relaxation, concentration, and synchronization
(a brain function during which various parts of the brain work together). Meditation therefore has a carry over effect. Better synchronization is good. It means your brain is functioning more smoothly. Visit Awaken Your Kundalini. Benefit from Meditating. Be Blessed by the Divine,
Krish Murali Eswar.


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