Mindfulness is a word heard frequently in the world of health and fitness, and meditation is often touted as a way to achieve a mindful state. More than just a cool way to chill or relax, meditation has scientifically proven physiological benefits.

An eight-week course of meditation shrinks the amygdala, the region of the brain associated with the initiation of the body’s response to stress. Simultaneously, the prefrontal cortex—responsible for concentration, awareness, and

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