Posts Tagged ‘brain’

Supporting mindfulness

Sunday, July 4th, 2010

The prefrontal cortex (PFC) is involved in attention, judgment, planning, impulse control, execution and empathy. Is this related to what buddhists call mindfulness? I think it is.

Alcohol and drugs harm this part of the brain, which is why perhaps you often find injunctions to not drink or take drugs.

On the other hand, from what I can gather sleep, regular high protein meals, exercise, goal setting and following, and most interestingly meditation all help to develop the prefrontal cortex.

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Supporting meditation

Saturday, July 3rd, 2010

The esoteric wisdom talks about how the body is a reflection of the mind, which runs counter to our Western point of view. The West’s best view is that the mind and brain can’t be separated. Personally, I tend towards the esoteric point of view; I always have.

There’s been a whole lot of evidence over the past few years that meditation impacts the brain. And different types of meditation impact the brain differently. I think that this is an interesting area of study and I want to write more about this. The reason that I haven’t written for the past two weeks is that I have found a whole new approach to this which I’ve been using my spare time to study.

For example, the cerebellum appears to be responsible for the speed of thought amongst other things. And negative thinking appears to impair this part of the brain. Conversely it is stimulated by gratitude and positive thinking. I know that when I get into a negative frame of mind that I can’t think. So controlling negative thoughts isn’t just something we’re doing for the greater good, it’s also something we’re doing for our own brain in order to function well. What this also tells me is that we’re not designed to be negative. Get smart by keeping those negative thoughts at bay.

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