Meditation has always been a way to your inner space. The inner self is sometimes referred to the true self. Insight & Intuition is developed by diligent meditation. Meditators have been long thought to be deep thinkers, therefore smarter, more compassionate and creative people. Now new research is being done which appears to be evidence that meditation actually strengthens the brain. This can be seen physiologically on brain scans as well as experienced by the meditators emotionally and spiritually. The article below is very compelling. It is not the first study of this kind, now that the brain is the "New Frontier" many scientific studies have been undertaken.
Evidence builds that meditation strengthens the brain