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Meditation has exploded in popularity in recent years. Once thought of as a purely spiritual practice, the physical and mental benefits of it are now being recognised by science. Secular institutions like schools and corporations are jumping onto the Zen train to reap these benefits, which range from increases in productivity, improved sleep quality, increased creativity, as well as reduced stress and anxiety, just to name a few. On a side note, there’s also the fact that some people report of meditation inducing psychedelic experiences, which is a tantalizing prospect in of itself! My guest in this episode is Dr Sara Lazar from Harvard University. In our conversation, we cover: - The benefits of meditation and the effects it can have on your brain - Its effects on mental illnesses - Politics and neuroanatomy - Persona EEG devices that provide real-time neurofeedback - Whether or not meditation be widely prescribed, just like regular exercise, optimal nutrition, and sleep? - And, of course, some helpful advice for those giving this ancient practice a go. Enjoy! Show notes can be found at talkoftoday.com/podcast-3 Support the podcast at talkoftoday.com/support or patreon.com/talkoftoday

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