Joey Klein, Inner Matrix Systems CEO Explains How Meditation Can Reshape Your Brain
Meditation has been linked with many positive outcomes, including reduction of stress and anxiety, along with enhancing self-awareness. Consistent meditation or Inner Training practices have also been shown to affect grey matter in the brain, causing lasting brain structure changes. In this article, Joey Klein, CEO at Inner Matrix Systems, discusses the impact that a daily meditation or inner training practice has on the hippocampus, amygdala, and prefrontal cortex. He explores the associated benefits, including improved memory, reduced stress, and better impulse control.
Behavioral scientists and psychologists have noted the exceptional mental and emotional benefits of meditation for many years. Some of the reported benefits include:
● Improves concentration and attention
● Reduces stress and anxiety
● Supports kids to focus in school
● Lowers blood pressure
● Promotes regular sleep
● Improves memory
While the benefits people experience as a result of meditation or inner training have been well-documented for years, the science behind it has caught up more recently. Over the last decade researchers have learned much about how the brain reacts to meditation practices. Neurobiologists have noted interesting changes in the brain structure associated with meditation.
This emerging view that the brain is continually shaped through experience is called neuroplasticity. It has replaced the long-held idea that the brain's physiological trajectory was one of decline after the first few decades of life.
Neurobiology is the study of how the brain works and how the mind works. Some neurobiologists study how one neuron talks to another neuron; others look at how the brain is structured or how the cells in the brain talk to one another. Using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), neuroscientists can look at brain activity and see the very fine detailed brain structure.
Using an MRI, Massachusetts general hospital neuroscientist Sara Lazar discovered that regular meditation could alter the brain. In one study, she noted that people who practiced regularly had more gray matter in the frontal cortex, which is associated with executive decision-making and working memory.
In another study, a group who had never meditated before engaged in an eight-week mindfulness-based stress reduction program. Several areas of their brains associated with critical and creative thinking thickened, while the fight or flight part of the brain - the amygdala - which is responsible for anxiety, fear, and stress got smaller.
Subjects in this program were found to have increased cortical thickness in the hippocampus. Located in the medial temporal lobe, this area of the brain controls emotional memory recalling and regulation. Other areas of the brain that play a role in emotion regulation and self-referential processing were also affected.
As science continues to explain the ways in which our brains are affected through mediation and inner training practices, consider adopting a consistent practice to enrich your experience of life.
About Inner Matrix Systems
Inner Matrix Systems, based in is a Denver, is a personal mastery training system for high achievers. For more than twenty years, IMS has delivered a proprietary methodology that rewires, trains, and aligns the nervous system, emotions, and thought strategies to create real-life results.
CEO, Joey Klein, and IMS have worked with more than 80,000 individuals from around the world through both live and online training programs, as well as one-on-one coaching. Clients have included: Boeing, IBM, Dell, Google, Panda Express, Coca Cola and The World Health Organization. Joey is the author of The Inner Matrix: Leveraging the Art & Science of Personal Mastery to Create Real Life Results (April 2021).