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Buddhist monks and Catholic nuns boost their brain power through meditation and prayer, but even atheists can enjoy the mental benefits that believers derive from faith, according to a popular neuroscience author.
Brain scanners show that intense meditation alters our gray matter, strengthening regions that focus the mind and foster compassion while calming those linked to fear and anger.
Whether the meditator believes in the supernatural or is an atheist repeating a mantra, he says, the outcome can be the same - a growth in the compassion that virtually every religion teaches and a decline in negative feelings and emotions....
Eastern meditation tries to empty their brains of thought. Christian meditation is filling your head with the Word of God. Any one can empty their head of thoughts but only God's Children can fill their heads with His Word. You can be a empty-headed atheist or buddhist or you can fill your head with the wisdom of God.