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Meditation May Soothe Stressed Hearts
A new study suggests that meditation may improve the ability of the blood vessels to relax and reduce the risk of heart disease.

How to Get Smarter, One Breath at a Time
Everyone around the water cooler knows that meditation reduces stress. But with the aid of advanced brainscanning technology, researchers are beginning to show that meditation directly affects the function and structure of the brain, changing it in ways that appear to increase attention span, sharpen focus and improve memory.

Buddhists Really Are Happier
Scientists say they have evidence to show that Buddhists really are happier and calmer than other people.

Meditation May Bolster Brain Activity
Meditation may not only produce a calming effect, but new research suggests that the practice of Buddhist meditation may produce lasting changes in the brain.

Meditation May Cut Future Heart Disease Risks
Meditation can help heart health, a study from the Medical College of Georgia shows.

How to Meditate
A list of links to articles on how and why to meditate. Meditation is one of the best stress-reduction techniques of all time, but it does much more than that.

Meditation and the Brain
Research shows that long-term meditators have white-matter fibers that are either more numerous, more dense or more insulated throughout the brain, and the normal age-related decline of white-matter tissue is considerably reduced in active meditation practitioners.

Mastering Your Own Mind
Distracted? Angry? Envious? There's growing evidence that attention, emotion regulation—even love—are skills that can be trained through the practice of meditation. Perhaps it's time for you to become a high-performance user of your own brain.

Giving Meditation a Spin
Search the medical database PubMed using "meditation" as the keyword, and you'll find there have been more than 1,200 scientific papers involving the subject published since the 1950s. Only in recent years, however — armed with cutting-edge technologies such as functional MRI scans — have neuroscientists been able to look inside the brain to try to tell if the practice can produce physical change.

Building Up the Brain
Regular meditation is shown to add heft to a region vital to thoughts and emotions.


The Mysterious Medication of Meditation
During the past three decades, a handful of scientists have delved deeper into the mysteries of meditation, trying to understand how the mind affects the body. Studies show that daily meditation can indeed be medication, creating long-lasting physiological effects that reduce high blood pressure and even help unclog arteries to reverse heart disease.

Meditation Increases Brain Size
Researchers at Harvard, Yale, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have found the first evidence that meditation can alter the physical structure of our brains.

Meditation Research
The research site of Sara Lazar, one of the leading brain researchers looking into the effects of training the mind with meditation.

Meditation May Alter Brain, Delay Aging
Early research suggests that daily meditation can alter the physical structure of the brain and may even slow brain deterioration related to aging.

Meditation Helps Cure Destructive Emotions
Best-selling author Daniel Goleman finds in Buddhism a possible cure-all for anger, depression, and more (interview by Rebecca Phillips).

Scientists Meditate on Happiness
The Investigating the Mind conference, co-sponsored by the McGovern Institute at MIT and the Mind & Life Institute in Colorado, constituted the eleventh in a series of extraordinary dialogues the Dalai Lama helped launch 17 years ago with the goal of offering the world a practical method for relieving suffering, and curbing the destructive emotions and impulses that are at the root of all human strife.

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