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Need some help thinking more clearly under pressure? "Hot-wire" your brain with meditation.

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Before and after each workday, Kevin Cashman spends half an hour rewiring his brain. "I practice Transcendental Meditation every morning and evening," says the 51-year-old CEO of LeaderSource, a 20-person leadership consulting company in Minneapolis. Meditation, which he has practiced regularly for 30 years, brings him clarity and focus to start the business day, and refreshes him for his personal life. "For me, it's invaluable," he says.

Many studies of meditation's wide-ranging effects on health factors ranging from blood pressure to anxiety agree with this assessment. It's been shown that people who meditate emit brain waves different from those emitted by sleepers, suggesting they're achieving a different, and possibly equally beneficial, kind of relaxation. Recent research from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, hints that meditation physically changes neurological connections between parts of the brain, effectively rewiring it. Related studies looking at meditation's ability to boost the immune system suggest its effects are long-lasting.

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