As a meditation teacher I’m often asked “Does meditation make you more intelligent?” And the answer is a definitive yes.
Honestly, meditation makes you an awesome person. Period. It’s proven that there are over 100 scientifically proven benefits of meditation. And one of the best benefits is that meditation makes you more intelligent.
A friend of mine asked is a manger. He asked if meditation would help managers to work more effectively. My answer was yes, for the reasons listed on this page. And I’m confident that whatever career path you are in, it will help with that too. Because meditation does wonders for your brain.
Meditation makes you more intelligent in 6 important ways.
Meditation increases the thickness of your brain’s cerebral cortex and increases grey matter mass. In a nutshell, meditation makes your brain bigger (no, seriously, it actually does make your brain bigger, looker at this article on Harvard). And that’s according to scientists at Harvard who… er… have pretty big brains.
There are six important ways in which meditation makes you more intelligent. Let’s take a look at each of them.
The 6 Ways Meditation Makes You More Intelligent
1 Meditation Balances Your Left & Right Brain
Are you good at some things and terrible at others? For instance, you’re very creative but have zero logic? Then this will be important to you.
Everyone naturally uses one half of their brain more than the other half. And that leads to an imbalance in the brain.
It has been scientifically proven that meditation balances the sides of your brain. This helps your brain to process information faster because it increases the rate of neural communication.
This can be very beneficial. One of the problems many people suffer from is that they have lack of communication between brain hemispheres. Meditation cures that. The result is better problem solving skills, heightened creativity, and improved focus and concentration.
In fact, one of the main trait of highly successful people is that they have “whole brain synchronization”.
Because it balances the right and left brain, meditation makes you better at decision making too. It helps you make decisions that are based on a combination of both logic and emotion.
2 — Meditation Makes Your Brain Bigger
Ever wished you had a bigger brain? Well now you can.
Scientists at the University of Wisconsin discovered that meditation makes your brain bigger. It makes your cerebral cortex thicker and increases grey matter mass.
So it is no exaggeration to say that meditation literally makes your brain bigger. And it isn’t the only thing that does. Exercise does too. In fact, if you’re interested in improve your brain, take a look at this list of 40 daily brain training activities.
If you’ve ever told yourself that you’re stuck with the brain you were born with, think again. Because of neuroplasticity it is entirely possible to strengthen our brain and make yourself more intelligent.
3 — Meditation improves your brain wave patterns
Ever wanted to improve your IQ level? Then there’s good news. Meditation can change your brain wave frequencies, which will boost your IQ.
Some brain wave frequencies are healthier than others, for instance alpha, theta and delta. These brainwaves have been shown to correlate to improved brain functioning, heightened ability to learn, and increased creativity.
Many scientists believe meditation is the absolute best way to access these heightened states of mind. Through meditation you can even increase your IQ level.
Not only does it do this, but meditation changes your brainwaves so they are harmonized to the universe. Well; that’s what one scientific study said, anyway.
4 Meditation Improves Intuition And insight
Two of the most underutilized parts of the brain are insight and intuition. Meditation can help you access these untapped resources.
Insight and intuition are inner intelligence that stem from your unconscious mind. At times, you will notice your intuition and insight guiding you. For instance, if you have ever felt that you can feel what other people feel, you have probably felt your intuition, which was created by your unconscious mind.
Inner intelligence is one of the most important types of intelligence. It gives you access to your unconscious, which is much more powerful than your conscious.
When you meditate you find your intuition and, and it is one of the most powerful tools you have.
5 — Meditation Improves Memory
Ever forgotten someone’s name? Then you might like to know that meditation can improve your memory.
Of course, memory is one of the most important parts of your brain. People who easily forget things generally struggle to succeed in life.
Whether you’re a university student trying to study for your exams. Or you’re travelling abroad and want to learn a new language. Meditation will make it easier for you to remember.
Scientific studies have shown that meditation strengthens your hippocampus and frontal lobe, which are two of the most important parts of the brain for memory.
Because of the affect it has on these parts of the brain, meditation improves memory, both short term and long term. This is one reason why meditation makes you better at video games and other tasks
#6 — Meditation Improves Emotional Intelligence (EQ).
Ever felt like you’re out of control of your emotions? Then why not use meditation to regain control.
Many people allow their emotions to control them. They feel something so they act on it. They don’t rationalise their emotions and they don’t know how to manage their feelings. They also might not understand other people’s emotions either.
Meditation boosts your emotional intelligence (EQ), which is your ability to be aware of, to manage, and to use your emotions in a healthy and practical fashion.
The science suggests that one of the best meditations for intelligence is TM.
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Meditation makes you more intelligence in these 6 ways. And these are only 6 of the more than 100 proven benefits of meditation.
If you’ve been meditating for a while, has meditation made you more intelligent? Or, if your new to meditation, what are you most looking forward to getting out of it? Leave a comment.