In November 2014, the renowned science magazine Scientific American was amazed at their usual readers with a cover in which, for the first time, qualified meditation as a science. In its interior, included an article signed by Matthieu Ricard, Antoine Lutz and Richard J. Davidson, titled ” Neuroscience Reveals the Secrets of Meditation’s Benefits’ (neuroscience reveals the secrets of the benefits of meditation) in which we demonstrated that the different techniques of meditation and mindfulness produces positive effects on the brain, either by increasing the amount of gray matter, reducing the volume of the hypothalamus, reducing cellular aging or by stimulating the activity of the cerebral cortex left, that is where you produce positive emotions. Three months later, the Spanish edition of Scientific American added a new article on this topic in which it was soon evident that the practice of meditation increases the concentration ability and improves the immune system, such as the learning, which contributes to the well-being of human beings. Shortly after, an article in Newsweek picked that just in 2014 were published 535 scientific papers on mindfulness and meditation, when in 1980 there were only 3. This is a topic of growing interest among the scientific community, who have overcome the stigma traditionally associated with this type of practices.
Dr. Dacher Keltner is the founder and director of the Greater Good Science Center (Science Center for the Common Good) of the University of California at Berkeley. This center is at the forefront of a scientific movement dedicated to exploring the roots of happiness, of the Good life. In a meeting with him and with his famed team of doctors in different areas, Dr. Keltner stated that it is a proven fact that true happiness is achieved by changing the current model of life for a way of living more friendly and more harmonious: “we Decided to take the science of cooperation, of compassion, of beauty, of caring, of gratitude, of awareness, of zen meditation, of contemplation, of happiness,… and we work to understand the parts of our nervous system that help us with the Good Living, that help us connect and form communities.”
The Good life is linked to what in many places of the world calls “happiness”, but beyond that it has to do with the inner peace of human beings. It is not possible to achieve true happiness if there is no inner peace. This can be achieved with the support of the various meditation techniques that exist and are practiced throughout the world.
We are already living in the dawn of a new human civilization. It is essential to rethink and reformulate many -if not most – of the criteria of thought of the last century. (Or)