A recent article published in Neuroimage suggests that mindfulness meditation increases connections in the brain, enhancing mental discipline. Studies conducted at UCLA, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center all generate similar findings that point to improved brain connectivity resulting from this particular form of meditation. One study even suggests that meditation is powerful enough to affect our genes. Researchers explain that meditation evokes the “relaxation response” which allows for the activation and deactivation of certain sets of genes in regular meditators. Although additional research on the connections between meditation and gene control is still needed, the study indicates that the genes affected by this technique control inflammation processes, cell death, and management of free radicals.