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Why Meditation is the Ultimate Tool for Success

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For hundreds of centuries, mystical Hindu sages and modest Buddhist monks have understood the immense health benefits one receives from a regular meditation practice. Only more recently, however, have the life-affirming affects of meditation been scientifically verified in the western world. Over the past two decades, in particular, an ever-expanding base of research has shown how individuals can experience beneficial changes at every level of their being. At the psychical level, for example, Noble Prize winning biologist Elizabeth Blackburn has shown how meditation has the potential to actually slow the aging process. At the emotional level, John Kabat-Zinn, the founder and director of the mindfulness-based stress reduction program at the University of Massachusetts, has repeatedly verified the practice’s ability to decrease individuals’ levels of stress. And at the cognitive level, University of Harvard researchers have determined that regular meditation increases cortical thickness in the area of the brain that handles memory and learning.