The secret to growing your brain and becoming happier

How meditation has come out of the closet as a secret weapon to being more effective, more focused and engaged with this thing called life.

You may have heard how meditation can boost your immune system, lower your blood pressure, help you deal with problems ranging from irritable bowel syndrome to psoriasis. The neuroscience supports these wild sounding assertions. A study out of Harvard that shows that short daily doses of meditation can literally grow the grey matter in key areas of your brain having to do with self-awareness and compassion and shrink the area associated with stress.

And this is why you’re seeing all sorts of unlikely meditators now. The US Marines are adopting it, corporate executives, athletes, scientists, doctors, lawyers, schoolchildren. High achievers are adopting this because they know it can help you be more focused on what you’re doing and it can stop you from being yanked around by the voice in your head. This is the chattering monkey that is active during most of our waking hours when we’re doing that thing that human beings do all the time which is obsessing about ourselves, thinking about the past, thinking about the future, doing anything but being focused on what’s happening right now. Meditators start focused on what’s happening right now even after they've meditated.

Being in the "now", in the zone is just being where you are.

In this video Dan Harris explains the neuroscience behind meditation, but reminds us that the ancient practice isn’t magic. He predicts that the exercise will soon become regularly scheduled maintenance, as commonplace as brushing your teeth or eating your veggies. Harris, an ABC News correspondent, was turned on to mediation after a live, on-air panic attack.

Wondering how to meditate? Check our blog on how to meditate the easy way.

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