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    This Is What Happens To Your Brain When You Meditate

    Spoiler: It literally changes. LITERALLY.

    Meditation is hardly a new topic of conversation. But, there's still plenty that remains unknown to most about the practice of training the mind, including the effect it can have on the brain.

    First, you should understand: Your brain can change and grow throughout your life.

    Some research shows that meditation is associated with a change to the amount of grey matter in the brain, which is a pretty big deal.

    Meditation has also been linked to changes in the hippocampus, the part of the brain responsible for forming memories and spatial awareness.

    The same study also compared the brains of non-meditators to those who had just undergone an eight week meditation program, finding the same results.

    Meditation also is linked to brain cell growth in your pre-frontal cortex — the part of your brain responsible for decision-making and good judgment.

    While some parts of the brain appear to grow with meditation practice, the amygdalas of people who meditate is typically smaller than average. But that's a good thing.

    Meditation may literally be brain-changing. And it only takes a small amount each day to make a difference.

    So, there you have it: the human brain is changeable, and research shows that meditation might be able to make it bigger AND smaller in important ways.