When Mindful Awareness Goes to Your Head - New York Times

From a New York Times on the benefits of meditation.

People who meditate regularly appear to undergo changes in parts of the brain that handle perception and attentiveness, a new study suggests.

While early studies have found evidence that people who meditate extensively, like Buddhist monks, experience long-lasting changes in their brains, the researchers here were interested in what effect, if any, more moderate amounts of meditation have.

For this study, they looked at 20 people who practiced a form of meditation known as mindful awareness, which does not involve the repetition of a mantra. Five of the volunteers taught meditation or yoga, but the rest held traditional jobs and reported meditating on average once a day for 40 minutes. All had taken part in at least one week long mediation retreat at some point.