does meditation improve memory

Does Meditation Improve Memory – Meditation Benefits

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We all desire to have a healthy and well functioning brain with good memory. And while many of us are not good at remembering things, we tend to result to methods known to better the memory to help us with that area.

Meditation is among the popular techniques for improving various aspects of the brain, including memory.

We look at how it helps with that and how to get you started on memory improvement with meditation.

Brain Studies on Meditation and Memory

Lots of studies have been carried out to determine if and how meditation can boost the memory. And most of them have indicated that regular meditation brings some significant enhancement to the memory as well as other cognitive functions that increase the overall cognitive performance (1)(2)(3)(4)(5).

According to a study done by Sarah Lazar, a neuroscientist of Yoga and meditation in Harvard, together with her team, regular mindfulness based meditation and mindfulness training brings improvements to the hippocampus by increasing the cortical thickness. The hippocampus is associated with memory and learning (6).

Another study revealed that meditation increases the flow of blood to the brain, which strengthens the network of blood vessels in the cerebral cortex, a part of the brain that is linked to memory, learning and concentration.

Yet another mindfulness based study concluded that a few weeks of mindfulness training improves the capacity of the working memory and GRE performance and also reduces the wandering nature of the mind (7).

Researchers on meditation and the brain found that the numerous studies done on the brain have confirmed the ability of meditation to bring down the signs of brain degeneration, improving brain performance and making the long term memory together with the working memory function better (8)(9).

Overall, meditation has been shown to make noteworthy enhancements to the areas of the brain that are linked to memory, focus, concentration, attention and learning.

Popular Meditation Styles That Enhance Memory

There are many types of meditation out there which help better the life of the meditator in different ways. Some of these types have brought better results in boosting the memory compared to others.

Mindfulness meditation is one of them. This meditation style helps you be and remain in the present moment without making any judgments or opinions. It gives the platform to learn to be purely aware of what is happening in the present moment.

Studies have shown that doing this practice regularly may increase the density of the gray matter in the brain especially in the parts that are associated with learning abilities, regulation of emotions, perspective thinking, self-referential processing and memory processes (10).

Another form of mindfulness practice that has also been beneficial in this area is the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program by Jon Kabat-Zinn.

Working with MBSR for 2 months showed the ability to increase the cortical thickness in the hippocampus, as earlier mentioned.

Mindfulness meditation, when done on the long term, makes changes to the brain in a huge way. We encourage you to read what happens to the brain during meditation (11).

Kirtan Kriya is another form of meditation that makes it possible for people to work on challenging tasks that are memory related without struggling (12).

This meditation combines finger movements and mantra that aim at helping the meditator improve their focus and direct their attention easily.

Other than bettering your memory, it is known to help with increasing blood flow to the brain and reducing stress, among many other benefits.

How to Get Started With Meditation

Beginning the practice of meditation is as easy as choosing the meditation you feel is the right one for you based on the list of benefits you are looking for.

After getting your right fit, you should then make an effort of learning how it is done and then be doing it regularly.

The secret of meditation is in maximizing the value of each session and meditating as often as you can.

Once you learn how to do your preferred meditation style, you should make a point of mastering it by practicing it frequently. Keep in mind that practice practice makes perfect.

Make meditation your new habit and add it to your daily schedule so that it becomes a serious exercise for you.

It is essential to make meditation part of your lifestyle if you want it to work for you. When you take it up as a habit, you will find yourself wanting to meditate more than you have set for yourself as you will start experiencing the benefits it brings and you will love them.

Many people start enjoying some of the benefits of meditation a few days or weeks into the practice. Although this differs from one person to another, some common benefits people get a short while after starting the practice include feelings of deep calmness, balanced moods, slight memory improvement, mental clarity and focus (13)(14).

Other long term benefits come with time. That is why you need to be patient and realistic as you start to meditate. You should not expect instant results.

Also, it is worth noting that meditation can be a little discouraging at first. You will have good as well as fairly okay experiences with your meditation sessions.

But if you see all the experiences as necessary occurrences for you to become better at it, you are going to have a smooth experience.

You can get started with guided meditation for your chosen type of meditation to help you learn to meditate while still having a full experience of the exercise.

In summary, meditation is an ancient tradition that has been practiced for centuries and its benefits have been enjoyed by those who took it seriously and got committed to it.

You should make meditation a habit of yours if you desire to see your memory improve as well as see other benefits of meditation.

It is all about choosing the right type of meditation for you, getting started with it right away and sticking to it. We wish you the best as you begin your meditation journey and hope that you will make it part of your life.

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12 thoughts on “Does Meditation Improve Memory – Meditation Benefits

  1. It is really interesting how clearing your mind can be so healthy for your brain function. In this world where everyone is almost constantly linked to technology and we are being asked to try to focus on a million things all at once, it can be so difficult to block all of that out, no matter how much it is needed. That’s why I feel it’s so important to intentionally find those quiet times and use them as best you can. Thanks for this post!

    1. Improve Your Brain Power Team says:

      Hallo there Steve, 

      Thanks for stopping by and for your contribution.

      We really appreciate your thoughts.

      Have an awesome day! 

      Cheers, 

      The IYBP Team

  2. Walt Haworth says:

    I find this subject very interesting. Unfortunately, I think I have not found the right technique for me. I do find it interesting that you start off your article asking a question, and then answering that question in the next sentence. Not that that’s wrong, just interesting. Try to make a conclusion from your research rather than just answering the question, and I believe you’ll have a more interesting blog post.

    1. Improve Your Brain Power Team says:

      Hallo there Walt, 

      Thanks for dropping by and for sharing your thoughts.

      As far as getting the right meditation technique for you is concerned, we encourage you to look through the types of meditation available and see which one relates with what you believe and your personality the most. 

      Also, we will be sure to pass on your writing recommendations to our editing team.

      They will love it. 🙂

      We wish you the best as you get your right meditation fit and as you begin your meditation journey.

      Cheers, 

      The IYBP Team

  3. Hello,

    I always like to greet by name not only is it proper but to be connected with the name, the face or writer.  All the same this is an interesting blog on meditation.  I have always struggled with the word itself and the various areas of it and how as a human I can be doing it in my life.  I have not been able to achieve it but you article as indeed shed light on some of my issues and how to go about it from now on. 

    Hopefully I will be learning and reading more of your good articles…

    Regards,

    Sidney

    1. Improve Your Brain Power Team says:

      Hallo there Sidney, 

      We are glad to have you here and to hear your personal experience as well.

      Meditation is all about helping you improve your mental health and life as a whole.

      Just choose the style of meditation you feel resonates with you as a person and do it.

      And remember to be consistent with it.

      That is just about it.

      We encourage you to look through other posts on this topic and we are sure you are going to learn lots.

      We wish you all the luck in the world as you make use of this practice.

      Cheers,

      The IYBP Team

  4. Sheddy Ovb says:

    I have seen so many articles on meditation, I was never practicing meditation until some days back and trust me it’s been an awesome experience. Meditation has so many far-reaching benefits which includes concentration and memory and also helps fight anxiety. It’s been seen as one of those mental exercises with much evidence of its ability and skills of improving cognition and also focus. It really helps but one has to be consistent in it just as you’ve mentioned for it to yield a better result. Thanks for sharing this educative and informational article on meditation. 

    1. Improve Your Brain Power Team says:

      Hallo there Sheddy, 

      Thanks a lot for stopping by and for sharing your thoughts on the topic.

      Highly appreciated.

      Cheers, 

      The IYBP Team

  5. this is an in depth guide to starting a meditation. i have learnt about some various types of meditation and there is much benefits to mindfulness meditation and this will in turn improve our memory. i would like to share this article with some of my friends. thank you very much

    1. Improve Your Brain Power Team says:

      Hallo there Kirkman, 

      Nice to have you here.

      We are glad you liked our post and we really appreciate your thoughts too.

      Feel free to share it as much as you like for more people to read. 🙂

      We wish you all the best.

      Cheers, 

      The IYBP Team

  6. Thank you for finding time to create this article. there is every tendency that we can improve our memory ability if we engage in meditation.

    mindfulness meditation is new to me as i never came across it while reading about meditations. thank you for this helpful post. i really do appreciate it.

    1. Improve Your Brain Power Team says:

      You are welcome, Smoochi.

      We are also grateful you enjoyed our post and learned something new.

      We encourage you to read more of our meditation posts too.

      There is lots of value there too. 🙂

      All the best.

      Cheers, 

      The IYBP Team

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