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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Don’t you walk through my words.
You got to show some respect.
Don’t you walk through my words,
Cause you ain’t heard me out yet.
According to Wikipedia: Respect is an assumption of good faith and competence in another person or in the whole of oneself. Depth of integrity, trust, complementary moral values, and skill are necessary components.
And yet being treated with disrepect can be a painful experience.
When Fa Da failed to pay his respects to Hui Neng, here’s what Hui Neng had to say.
Since the object of ceremony is to curb arrogance
Why did you fail to lower your head to the ground?
‘To believe in a self’ is the source of sin,
But ‘to treat all attainment as void’ attains merit incomparable!
When we treat our attainment as void there really is no disrespect is there, which I’m sure was Hui Neng’s basis for the discussion, so he didn’t experience disrespect what he saw instead was the next step for his disciple, the curbing of arrogance.
When experiencing disrespect to focus on compassion towards the other changes everything. In my experience. Illusion falls like shells from our eyes and we stand in the present moment.
Just a thought.
“Having returned and eaten, the Lord put away his bowl and cloak, bathed his feet, and sat with legs crossed and body upright upon the seat arranged for him, mindfully fixing attention in front of himself.”
I remember reading this passage several years ago and thinking that this refered to holding his attention in the Ajna Chakra (Third Eye). Ajna is Sanskrit for control.
Sutra 54, Book II, The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali reads: “Abstraction (or Pratyahara) is the subjugation of the senses by the thinking principle and their withdrawal from that which has hitherto been their object.”
And if you care to look up Pratyahara in Wikipedia here’s what you’ll find: “Apart from Pranayama, another device that is used to aid in the development of Pratyahara is to concentrate on the point between the eyebrows. This location is known as Ajna Chakra or the third eye.” Is this the root of the nose that some authors on meditation refer to?
Go to Ajna Chakra in Wikipedia and someone wrote that“it represents the superior mental consciousness that favors the direct perception over the invisible worlds, and the direct perception of the subtle aspects of manifestation.”
It is said that the Buddha was born, enlightened and died at the full moon of Taurus whose esoteric key note is: “I see and when the eye is opened all is light”.
May you awaken and be free.