It seems like there is every day a new study is coming out showing the benefits of meditation. For decades the scientists have been showing that there are numerous benefits of simply sitting quietly and concentrating on your breath.
Well there is more good news. A new study published this month and reported in the New York Times that shows that practice of meditation, no matter whether we are expert meditators or novice practitioners, produces measurable changes in two key ways:
1. More communication between two brain regions involved in self-control and focus.
2. Lower levels of a stress-linked substance called IL-6 that's been linked with inflammation and can sometimes be used as an early indicator of later health problems.
Furthermore, if that's wasn't enough to convince you that you should meditate, there are multiple studies suggest that meditation can also help reduce depression and anxiety and mindfulness meditation in particular might help people deal with psychological stress and help them relate to others.