James Dierke, principal of Visitacion Valley Middle School in San Francisco, CA, talks about the meditation program he implemented to try and improve student learning and behavior in his school.
When Dierke first arrived at the school it had the highest absentee rate, the highest suspension rate, the highest teacher turnover rate, the lowest academic achievement rate. The neighborhood had the second highest crime rate in San Francisco and about 85% of the kids were from homes of poverty.
Watch video to learn what happened after the school implemented the meditation program:
This is another solid scientific evidence of the benefits of meditation on health and longevity. The study employed Transcendental Meditation, but this should apply to other forms of meditation as well.
Neuropsychologist Rick Hanson PhD explains how mindfulness meditation can strengthen our brains and has particular relevance as people age. This presentation was recorded at the Greater Good Science Center in UC Berkeley as part of the Science of a Meaningful Life Series.
Yet another example of how meditation practice reverses the aging process as we've come to accept as normal. Other ways that taking the time to meditate can help you physically, mentally and emotionally can be viewed here:
Sara Lazar, PhD, a neuroscientist in the Psychiatry Department at Massachusetts General Hospital and an Instructor in Psychology at Harvard Medical School. gives a presentation on her research findings relating to the meditation effects on the brain.
Dr. Deepak Chopra briefly explains one of the health benefits of meditation in slowing down the aging process. He cites the work of Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn, a cell biologist who shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2009 for her co-discovery of an enzyme called the telomerase. This enzyme influences the length of telomeres, which are structures at the end of chromosomes that protect the chromosome.
Catherine Kerr, PhD, renowned expert on neuroscience and meditation, presents her research findings on why mindfulness meditation begins by focusing on the breath, and how mindfulness-based somatic awareness (cultivated through attention to breath, body sensations) changes the brain.
Pema Chödrön, an ordained nun in the Shambhala lineage of Tibetan Buddhism, talks about the importance of meditation in order to develop self-compassion and consequently true compassion for other beings.
This is very promising. The incidence of autism among children has been increasing dramatically since the 1980s. A 2012 global estimate of autism spectrum disorders was found to be 62 cases per 10,000. Meditation's beneficial rewiring of the brain has the potential to make a difference.
Quantum physicist and educator John Hagelin PhD, presents research findings on the effects of meditation on the brain and intelligence, and advocates for meditation as a method of promoting a host of positive benefits, from relaxation to increased creativity.
Can meditaion make you smart? This video shows that, according to the latest research, yes. Meditation does more than boost your brain power, though. It has also been shown to alleviate depression, keep you young, reduce stress, and a lot more. Check out more videos on the many beneficial effects of meditaion practice at:
Jon Kabat-Zinn, a pioneer of scientific research on meditation, describes the benefits of meditation practice on the mind, brain and body. One of the main points he discusses is how meditation actually makes changes in the brain structurally, in a process that is known in neuroscience as neuroplasticity.
Scientific studies on meditation have shown that this practice yields many physiological, mental or emotional benefits. One of the more exciting discoveries is in the area of cell biology, particularly with regards to the effect of meditation on cellular aging.