How brain functions in meditation?

Meditative Brain

Earlier we had no ideas that what changes occur to brain while meditating. Today, with the advancements of modern science and technology like functional MRI scans or fMRI, scientists have developed a more thorough understanding and knowledge of what’s taking place in our brains when we meditate.

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It has been observed that our brains stop processing information as actively as they normally would.

Frontal Lobe: It is most highly evolved part of brain, responsible for reasoning, planning, emotions and self-conscious awareness. During a meditation, the frontal cortex goes offline.

Parietal Lobe: It process sensory information about surrounding world. During a meditation activity in Parietal Lobe slows down.

Thalamus: It is gatekeeper for the senses, it focuses your attention by funnelling some sensory data deeper into the brain and stopping other signals in their tracks. Mediation reduces the flow of incoming information to a trickle.

Reticular Formation: As the brain sentry, this structure receives incoming stimuli and puts the brain on alert, ready to respond. Mediation dials back the arousal signals.

However, this is not the all, everyday we are getting new knowledge from different researchers. Soon we will have clearer ideas how a brain functions during meditation.

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