Scientists from Massachusetts General Hospital have discovered that meditation directly corresponds with structural changes in the brain. Participants practiced mindfulness meditation for thirty minutes each day for eight weeks. The brain images taken at the end of the eight-week program had noticeably changed from those taken before the program. These images showed increased growth in the areas of the brain associated with learning and memory, and decreased growth in the area associated with anxiety and stress responses. The scientists suspect that a longer meditation program would also affect the brain tissue that controls self-awareness. Meditation causes powerful structural changes in the brain, yielding positive results related to participants’ overall well being.