The Scientific Power of Meditation

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For thousands of years people have practiced
meditation for spiritual, emotional, and physical well being. But from a scientific perspective,
how exactly does meditating affect your body? Does it really do anything? It all starts in the brain! During meditation,
brain-scans see increased activity in regions directly correlated with decreased anxiety
and depression, along with increased pain tolerance. The Default Mode Network, in particular,
is activated when one’s mind is at rest and not focusing on the outside world, and
has been found to improve memory, self awareness and goal setting. Want to be more caring to
your friends and family? When scientists compared the brains of Buddhist monks to new meditators,
they found the region of the brain associated with empathy to be much more pronounced in
the monks. It also literally changes your brain waves – and we can measure these frequencies.
Meditators have higher levels of Alpha waves, which have been shown to reduce feelings of
negative mood, tension, sadness and anger. And if that wasn’t enough, it also physically
changes our brain shape and size. Studies found that after 8 weeks of a meditation program,
gray matter was more dense in areas associated with learning, memory processing, and emotion
regulation. And yet the amygdala, which deals with stress, blood pressure and fear, had
decreased gray matter! When we look at the entire body, not only
do we see decreased blood pressure, but it can also increase the variability of your
heart rate. While this may sound harmful, it actually plays a critical role in properly
transporting Oxygen and Carbon Dioxide throughout your body. Think your getting sick? In a study
where both meditators and non-mediators were given the flu virus, meditators were able
to produce a greater number of antibodies and had increased immune function. If we go a little deeper, we can even see
changes on a cellular level. Your chromosomes have protective protein complexes called telomeres,
which help reduce damage to your DNA and lower cell death. And a shortened telomere length
has been linked to several disease such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s
and cancer. Amazingly, when cancer survivors completed a meditation program, their bodies
showed significant increases in telomere length. It’s believed that psychological intervention,
particularly decreasing stress, has a direct effect on the enzyme telomerase, which has
been shown to counteract shortening by adding DNA to the shrinking telomeres. Of course, meditation is not a substitute
for other medical advice or a healthy lifestyle – we don’t want you leaving this video thinking
it will cure cancer. But much like hitting the gym can grow your muscles and increase
your overall health, it seems that meditation may be a way of ‘working out’ your brain
with extra health benefits. And since your brain controls, well…all of you, why not
relax and say ‘om’ every once in a while. And if you like working out your brain, be
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100 Responses

  1. Mark Kroif

    October 17, 2018 11:42 pm

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  2. Walter Bishop

    November 14, 2018 12:45 pm

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  3. Carlos Eduardo Montilla

    November 14, 2018 1:55 pm

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  4. H. K. S. de Zoysa

    November 14, 2018 10:54 pm

    here's several suggestions for how to learn about meditation
    Decide exactly why you want to learn
    Find what method works for you best.
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  5. Matthew Clingan

    November 27, 2018 3:45 am

    Glad I started, still learning from it 2 years later.Ultimate goal is to see through the illusion of self.

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  6. Tom K

    December 3, 2018 5:04 pm

    We need so much explanation for us to meditate..Take one example of Budha .he attained enlightenment only by meditating..Meditation is so powerful when we have more faith in it .

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  7. BabyRexSmelly

    December 9, 2018 6:24 am

    I want my third eye and all my Chakra and my spiritual power to awaken not this shit I need meditation for enlightenment so

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  8. Touched By Dre

    December 9, 2018 3:51 pm

    We’re not just gonna skip pass the part where they said people were given the flu virus ☝🏾

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  9. Karim Benzin

    December 27, 2018 12:29 am

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    December 28, 2018 5:20 pm

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  11. Grant McCormick

    December 28, 2018 6:05 pm

    At 1:45 AsapSCIENCE "forgot" to put Alzheimer's as a known side effect of shortened Telomeres.

    Well Played.

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  12. vivek yadav

    January 2, 2019 9:26 am

    True, meditation is power tool for human being. It is an essential thing like eating and sleeping.

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  13. Shrey Shrivastava

    January 5, 2019 9:40 am

    Me

    Now – how to do meditation
    After 3 min – how to do telekinesis
    After 30 min – how to get big biceps

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  14. somesh kumar

    January 8, 2019 5:40 am

    I have been meditating for last 1 year ihv Increased concentration in class, Memory Power improved, I feel happy nearly all time, More focus on vision, Self control improved(I was a chronic Masterbator), I can take more pain at Gym(more results) & now I am trying to Up my meditation dose to 1 hr at a time, 3 times a day, Well I am trying. Abv are my own benefits from Meditation.

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  15. Mr. Nice

    January 10, 2019 11:40 am

    Here's a recap of the video's main point:
    Benefits of meditation
    1) Psychological: Increases pain tolerance, goal setting, empathy, memory and learning. It decreases anxiety, depression and stress.
    2) Physical: Increases grey matter in the brain noticably after 8 w, immune system efficiency. It decreases blood pressure and risks of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer.

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  16. Magd Bilal

    January 12, 2019 5:23 am

    I tried meditating this past year and could only get to 2 weeks max, it’s so hard to do daily. Once it gets passed like 4 pm I started feeling overwhelmed since I meditate twice a day. Also I didn’t notice any benefits really…. I’m skeptical about if meditation works, because 2 weeks in I didn’t notice any change at all, also I saw colors moving and shit and once when I opened my eyes everything in my vision was shaking left to right…. I’m gonna try for 3 months straight, if this shit doesn’t work then I’ll finally hop on anti depressants/anti anxiety, sick of feeling like shit and so down and getting randomly depersonalized due to feeling stressed randomly.

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  17. thetruetruth77

    January 14, 2019 7:46 pm

    Meditation sometimes also makes you feel happy with what you have which is great, but it depends on your point of view, if you wanna achieve something badly, it may not be great to meditate in a self-loving and happiness meditation because it might kill your urge to achieve that thing.

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  18. Divyam Goel

    January 18, 2019 3:36 pm

    Hey English people.Meditation in english doesn't mean anything you might have just mastered the art of sleeping in vertical posture.The real word from sanksrit is Dhyan.Which means that you and your body and mind is not you.Your mind is just memory which you've gathered over a period of time and body is just earth(food)So Meditation(dhyan) means that there is a distance between what is you and your body.These western people are teaching non sense.They have ruined all the concepts of Yoga.

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  19. joe buffalo

    January 18, 2019 6:21 pm

    Meditation can and often does lead to severe depersonalisation and a host of other debilitating conditions.

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  20. TheProgrammingJedi

    January 26, 2019 9:11 pm

    Meditation is fantastic! It helped me a lot to mentally survive difficult situations in my life.

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  21. Good Humor

    February 2, 2019 10:51 pm

    I suffer from a little bit of Pure OCD!

    I have been meditating for a past month and IT HELPS! A-LOT.

    I highly suggest you try it if you have anxiety, depression, ocd, whatever mental health disorder you have.

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  22. roy york

    February 13, 2019 10:50 pm

    If a person gets to the point where they much prefer the " silence " instead of the troublesome thoughts . Then it becomes much easier to keep Holding the Attention on the silent intervals Between Each Thought, until they grow longer, and then become fixed as your natural ground state. Then everyday life becomes much Lighter .peace 🎼🎧🎼👌

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  23. Anay Pareek

    February 20, 2019 11:45 am

    It's interesting how Hinduism is not mentioned throughout this video even though it was practiced by hindu priests for thousands of years… It's like no-one acknowledges the fact that Hinduism is a thing

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  24. Hwa In

    March 23, 2019 6:54 am

    Im annoyed by the comments saying "indians invented meditation". Time to meditate to get rid of this annoyance.

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  25. Spotted Hyena

    March 23, 2019 12:32 pm

    I did not do meditation at the time (and still don’t meditate at the time of this comment. But I may try sometime when I find out how) but I somehow managed to walk on a broken toe for 4 days before my parents knew my toe was broken. (I broke it by trying to shut a bathroom door and my toe got caught.) I still have no idea how I managed to do that. Good pain tolerance still, but not that much as I did at that time

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  26. Julie Doyle

    March 31, 2019 4:34 pm

    EXCUSE ME BUT WHY IS THE DRAWING OF HEART'S AORTA BLUE! THAT IS AN ARTERY fghyftdstryfygugg BLUE MEANS THERE IS UNOXYGENATED BLOOD yguyutdyrtcghv

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  27. Dayron Gomez

    March 31, 2019 5:41 pm

    I’m 13 years old and I started meditating yesterday, is it healthy to start meditating at my age

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  28. Neo-Babylon

    March 31, 2019 6:44 pm

    I have no personality. I see AsapSCIENCE talk about masturbation, I masturbate. I see them talk about meditation, I meditate.

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  29. Vikram Mohan

    April 3, 2019 11:25 pm

    The brain doesn't control all of you. That is old Science. The gut and the heart play a significant role in how your brain functions. It's not a one way street (brain to body).

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  30. forest n raindeers

    April 12, 2019 10:37 am

    meditation is helping me a lot. I did it daily for just 1 week and I can already see the difference. I thought it would just make me a bit more chill and calm but really it was more than that, I procrastinate so much less than before, I'm able to sleep early, wake up early, more focused, I'm able to handle things that used to annoy me, I got more in control of myself, able to resist some urges, I became more productive, I'm in a good state of mind unlike before too. It really affects the overall mood I'd say we should meditate everyday, not just once in awhile

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  31. Wynn Ni

    April 14, 2019 2:32 am

    it really helps when in college – an extremely stressful environment. I'm in my last semester in an engineering program and without any stress relief I feel absolutely miserable. Mediation works wonders. I highly recommend it to anyone that is feeling overwhelmed by work and deadlines.

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  32. Ligqos

    April 14, 2019 11:49 pm

    I would get into meditation buut I just don't know what to think while "meditating" probably blank mind is good too but it just can't be breathing I mean I probably could figure myself out while doing it too. well gotta try

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  33. Green Mastermind

    May 20, 2019 5:24 am

    ==FOR CHRISTIANS…
    You won't notice u've already been selling your soul to demons. Meditation is a trap and it lures you to do that activity for relaxation instead of praying to God. Satan has his own ways to draw you into an activity that will pull you away from jesus and meditation is simply focused in 'self consciousness' and being connected to 'nature'. You're then clearly worshipping the "creations" not the "creator". Those who find fault in their living and suffer negativities in their surroundings do not need meditation, they need more on christ. Another fact is that meditation is also the first step before practicing witchcrafts, you enhance your spiritual powers through feeding your higher self consciousness, you're tainting your souls without you knowing. You don't even know that chantings like 'AUM' or 'OM' is pleasing entities..

    One last fact: King Solomon sold his soul to the devils, he was so full on knowledge that his spiritual self already got devoured. He contacted demons including the higher ones summoning 72. Do your research.

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  34. Jp Sudhi

    May 27, 2019 5:13 pm

    Meditation is a art of living within you not just to control your mind but a medium to spirituality.
    Jai Bharat matha

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  35. HER Yoon

    May 30, 2019 1:17 pm

    Meditation taught me how to suffer. It doesn’t remove all of the suffering in my life. But I accepted things nothing is permenent. Everything changes.

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  36. All_ 384

    May 30, 2019 1:25 pm

    I meditate 2-3 times a day at around 20-30min sessions..2years on & going strong, meditation is changing my life 🙂

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  37. eveleen

    June 12, 2019 4:42 am

    Hey, I forgot what this word is called when you are very intrested and open minded from everything. Hmmm

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  38. Riteekesh Dutta

    June 29, 2019 10:21 am

    Have been meditating daily for 2 weeks now, haven't seen any effects… Is there any chart that can help us except what we can achieve by investing how much time

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  39. Francis Mausley

    June 30, 2019 5:50 am

    A Solution-Seeking Type Meditation can be speaking & asking your own spirit… "Thou art My lamp and My light is in thee. Get thou from it thy radiance and seek none other than Me. For I have created thee rich and have bountifully shed My favor upon thee." ~ Baha'u'llah, Baha'i Faith

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  40. AnifleX

    July 3, 2019 5:22 am

    Meditation and basic yoga is taught in Indian rss school before the subject periods.
    It help a lot for high grade students.

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  41. Destercire Ultimatefan

    July 13, 2019 6:06 am

    Is it healthy to meditate for long hours at a time tho, like hours at a time. Why am I getting the gist that too much can damage the brain. Boredom should be there for a reason.

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  42. Арахис

    July 30, 2019 5:01 am

    I've started meditation along time ago ( half year ago ) One of the best decisson that i did . 🙂

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  43. Tbh, I'm not going tbh with you

    August 4, 2019 1:28 pm

    There is another dimension you can access through meditation. The same one you can access through psychedelics. I haven't learned how to master meditation, but I'll get there one day!

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