Meditation is still widely seen as a fairly esoteric practice. It’s poorly understood by the majority of people, largely because it’s poorly understood, or explained, by many practitioners. Luckily, science is catching up. There’s already a brand scientific literature about the benefits of meditation, and it’s growing.
…Self-directed neuroplasticity, then, is the ability for the brain to change itself depending on how you direct your thoughts and attention. The “self-directed” piece refers to your ability to intentionally shape your brain by using it in a specific way.
For example, thinking positive thoughts has been shown to produce epigenetic changes in the brain. Whatever is on your mind today is building your brain of tomorrow. That can be good or bad depending on the mindset that you’re engraving into your brain.