According to the New York Daily News in India, new research is proving that meditation can make you happier than you ever thought possible. Much the same way that you can train your muscles to alter your physique, you can train your brain so that you are happier for more hours of every waking moment. Matthieu Ricard is the subject of the latest research, being conducted at the University of Wisconsin. He was the subject of researcher’s questioning of neuroplasticity, or the brain’s ability to adapt and become more pliant.
The bulk of the research has been conducted for a twelve year duration, and on Tibetan Minks who have logged over 50,000 meditation sessions, but the remarkable findings are that there are results even among people who only meditate for 20 minutes a day. Researcher’s say this ‘more modern’ timetable for the practice gives hope to people who suffer from depression, anxiety and a host of other maladies which occur due to stress.
Ricard was the son of intellectuals, and was not always interested in the path of ‘liberation and meditation.’ His father was a French libertarian philosopher and water color artist. He was not one to take meditation as an easy ‘pill’ to correct his own personal shortcomings but after more than twenty years studying Buddhism and meditation in the Himalayas in India, he spends half his time as a prominent monk in the Kathmandu’s Shechen Monastery, and the rest of his time doing research as a scientist. If you want to read more about the results of this pioneering study, you can read on here. If you would like to start your own meditation practice to combat depression, anxiety or a general sense of malaise, you can begin here.
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Christina Sarich is a musician, yogi, humanitarian and freelance writer who channels many hours of studying Lao Tzu, Paramahansa Yogananda, Rob Brezny, Miles Davis, and Tom Robbins into interesting tidbits to help you Wake up Your Sleepy Little Head, and See the Big Picture. Her blog is Yoga for the New World.