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The Lasting Effects of Meditation


 

"Did you know that meditating can have a long-lasting effect on your brain? What happens is our amygdala, which is the part of our brain that is responsible for helping to determine if we are in danger - you may have heard of the fight, flight, or freeze response, this part of the brain becomes less activated when we are meditating. It has even been shown to be less activated weeks after we have completed a meditation practice. I'm Jonathan Paez, I am a student intern as I complete my Master's of Arts in Cousnelling Psychology. I look forward to connecting with you."

~ Jonathan Paez

 

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