Monday 20 July 2015

This Buddhist Monk's Brain Activity Shows He's The Happiest Man In The World! Here's His Secret

By Rishabh Banerji

Voltaire once said, "Meditation is the dissolution of thoughts in eternal awareness or pure consciousness without objectification, knowing without thinking, and merging finitude in infinity." You'd totally agree with him when you take a look at Matthieu Ricard. 
Matthieu Ricard, a 66-year-old Tibetan monk and geneticist, produces brain gamma waves that are linked to consciousness, attention, learning and memory — something never heard before in neuroscience. This has lead researchers to conclude that Ricard is the world’s happiest man!
His secret for attaining nirvana, is meditation. Of course.
“Meditating is like lifting weights or exercising for the mind”, Ricard told the Daily News. “Anyone can be happy by simply training their brain”, he says.
Monk Matthieu Ricard
University of Wisconsin attached 256 sensors to the monk’s skull to calculate his brain activity while he meditates. While meditating on compassion, the researchers were shocked to see that Ricard’s brain produced a level of gamma waves that were incredibly high. He also demonstrated excessive activity in his brain’s left prefrontal cortex compared to its right counterpart, meaning he has an abnormally large capacity for happiness and a reduced propensity towards negativity, the researchers say.
Monk Matthieu Ricard
During the same study, the neuroscientists also peeked into the minds of other monks. They found that long-term practitioners of meditation—those who have meditated more than 50,000 times — showed significant changes in their brain function.
Those with only three weeks of 20-minute meditation per day also demonstrated some positive change, so if you have been a practitioner, this is to let you know that you have been doing well. 
Ricard also authored a book titled Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life’s Most Important Skill  to spread the word on achieving happiness and enlightenment. Proceeds from the book go towards over 100 humanitarian projects.
“Try sincerely to check, to investigate,” he explained to the Daily News. “That’s what Buddhism has been trying to unravel — the mechanism of happiness and suffering. It is a science of the mind.”
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