A Neuroscientist Explains How Meditation Changes Your Brain

Chris Loker

A group of Harvard neuroscientists interested in mindfulness meditation have reported that brain structures change after only eight weeks of meditation practice. After completing a mindfulness course, all participants reported significant improvement in measures of mindfulness, such as “acting with awareness” and “non-judging.” What was startling was that MRI scans showed that mindfulness groups increased gray matter concentration within the left hippocampus, the posterior cingulate cortex, the temporo-parietal junction, and the cerebellum. Brain regions involved in learning and memory, emotion regulation, sense of self, and perspective taking!

“It is fascinating to see the brain’s plasticity and that, by practicing meditation, we can play an active role in changing the brain and can increase our well-being and quality of life.”

from The Mind Unleashed

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Handling Criticism – a stepping stone to higher self!

Rewrite Your Future

There are probably only some enlightened souls who don’t mind being criticized. The rest of us cringe at the thought of it. Some people run away from it. Then there are some, who don’t even attempt doing anything lest they be criticized!

Even though everyone hates it, no one has any qualms doling it out to others! J Inspite of knowing that all of us have our own faults and have our strong points and not so strong points, we still make the mistake of criticizing others. If you saw the face of the person criticismreceiving it cringe, then please don’t fool yourself and others saying you were just giving them some honest feedback! Feedback is given from a space of completion, where there is only an interest to see improvement in the other, whereas criticism is used only by a person who has vengeance and anger within!

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Status

ALAS!

The trip has been postponed for now.  I’m not sure that the Dhamma Pataka is the particular flavour of Buddhism I’m after.  That and the fact that I chickened out like a little bitch.  Maybe a weekend to start with will be a better idea.  I am practicing my meditation though and reading like crazy.  There’s just so much to learn!!  I picked up a book on NLP the other day so I’m going to be looking into that too.  The Buddha and the Borderline by Kiera Van Gelder is next on my wishlist. Watch this space for my reviews!

 

My meditation sessions are getting longer but I am still fairly new at this.  I’m always looking for pointers and will share what I find here.

Developments

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I am officially on the buddhist path.  Having been drawn to the philosophy over the years it’s safe to say that the Dhamma has finally reeled me all the way in.  If you’ve never given it a serious look I encourage you to take a gander at buddhanet.net and keep an open mind.