I hear this question often. There is a lot of buzz around meditation and its benefits, yet many of us still avoid sitting still, alone, while we spend so much time on exercising and on our appearance. Perhaps results of meditation do not seem as tangible as those of physical exercises because they are not visible to the eyes. Well, that’s exactly what the authors of Buddha’s Brain are dispelling. Yes, meditation will visibly improve your brain function and your overall health, along with your relationships and self-acceptance. You only need some fancy machines to see it. Thing is, when you meditate regularly, the need to see it dissipates. Feeling becomes more important that seeing as you experience it, and you are your own proof.
Seeing it and understanding in a cognitive sense is nonetheless a worthy motivation if it will get you to try it. In this concise work, Rick Hanson and Richard Mendius demystify what is going on in the brain during meditation, and after. They state all references for further inquiry and address the skeptics’ questions, they also describe a wide array of meditation approaches, which could be a good introduction for beginners who do not know where to start.
Bottom line is your brain can change, just like your body will change when you exercise (I kid you not, whole sections of your brain will grow from the practice). When you train the brain, you can change your whole life from the inside out. I strongly recommend this wonderful book especially for the engineering and scientific brains out there who are looking for a door in.