I’m going to get my brain scanned for a study conducted by Andrew Newberg, a professor who runs the Center for Spirituality and the Mind at the University of Pennsylvania. This PBS clip will give you a good idea of the research he’s been doing.
Dr. Newberg has written several thought provoking books about how people’s spiritual and religious experiences alter their brain physically. His goal is “to lead us into a more compassionate approach in our lives and in ourselves.”
I’ll get a baseline brain scan, then practice Lovingkindess Meditation for 8 weeks. After that I’ll get scanned again to see how my brain has changed as a result of meditation.
I’m eager to see if we can document real brain change as I continue on my journey from panic to (hopefully) peace.