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Meditation Can Reshape Our Brains


Dr. Sara Lazar




Neuroscientist Sara Lazar's amazing brain scans show meditation can actually change the size of key regions of our brain, improving our memory and making us more empathetic, compassionate, and resilient under stress.


Good morning. So when I was in graduate school, I was a runner and a friend, and I decided that we were gonna run the Boston Marathon. And so we started training and we overtrained and I developed knee and back problems. So I went to see a physical therapist and they told me that I had to stop running and instead I should just stretch.

As I was leaving the therapist's office, the physical therapist's office, um, I saw an ad for a vigorous yoga class that promised not only to promote flexibility, but also to promote strength and, um, cardio respiratory fitness. So I thought, oh, well, this is a great way that I can stretch, but also remain in shape and maybe I could even still run the Boston Marathon.

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