After eight weeks, those who went on the course had thicker grey matter in several parts of the brain.
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but in many cases, practices similar to modern forms of meditation were simply called "prayer".
Christian, Judaic, and Islamic forms of meditation are typically devotional, scriptural or thematic, while Asian forms of meditation are often more purely technical.
You look for information online or on a bookstore, and see that there are a LOT of different ways of doing meditation, dozens of meditation techniques, and some conflicting information. This article will help you navigate the sea of different practices of seated meditation, briefly explaining each of them, and pointing to further resources.
There are literally hundreds – if not thousands – of types of meditation, so here I will explore only the most popular ones.
Other parts ‘strengthened’ were the posterior cingulate cortex – again important for memory and emotions; the temporo-parietal junction, involved in empathising; and the cerebellum, which helps coordinate movement.
Ok, so you know that meditation has dozens of benefits, and everybody is doing it.
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