Neuroplasticity is a proven ability for the brain to change over time, throughout our lives. With every repetition of a thought or emotion, we reinforce a neural pathway - and with each new thought, we begin to create a new way of being. These small changes, frequently enough repeated, lead to changes in how our brains work - wittingly or unwittingly.
Dr. Richard J Davidson is a Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry and is considered one of the top researchers into the science of meditation. Working with some of the most experienced meditators and using MRI machines, Dr. Davidson has helped popularise meditation in the western world, after the Dalai Lama suggested he began looking into more positive emotions.
There is also a proven benefit of meditation on some forms of depression, where the meditation worked more effectively for long term relief from depression than prescribed drugs. And recent research suggests that meditation can regulate how much our body ‘pays attention’ to our genes.