Is your New Year’s Resolution to meditate 20 to 40 minutes daily in order to help prevent age-related thinning of the cortical areas of your brain? Check out the lecture and the book, Buddhas Brain at Amazon – Low Prices on Buddhas brain: The practical neuroscience of happiness, love, and wisdom. The idea is developing thicker cortical parts of the brain with meditation as compared to thinning of the cortical part of the brain through aging as in use it or lose it. Check out studies of how meditation can permanently change your brain.
Neuroplasticity is not breaking news. The news is in the details. It’s incremental, any help from meditation, but it adds up. Neurons that wire together fire together is the slogan for this practice of using it instead of losing it, for example, meditation.
Self compassion is important in holistic healing. Interested in self-directed holistic neuro-plasticity of your brain? Check out the uTube video on meditation, “Buddha’s Brain,” after the book of a similar name which is Buddhas Brain at Amazon – Low Prices on Buddhas brain: The practical neuroscience of happiness, love, and wisdom. Let be. Let go. Let in.
Mindfulness needs to be matched with values and virtues such as giving up a lesser pleasure for a greater one as an example of wisdom which is mentioned in the lecture on uTube. Think about a good condition, event, or issue. The private act is letting yourself feel good, according to this lecture. Then savor the feeling good for a quarter of an hour. Is the good experience sinking in and filling the hole in your heart?
Simply being in a moment of good experience is about making your brain stronger for positive or negative experiences. And it works well for kids, according to this lecture. It’s tough to be a jack rabbit in a turtle culture or school as a kid, for example.
Check out the part of the uTube lecture on the optimal brain: The generative, natural state, home base of the calm, creative, and contented, caring brain. Last semester in the Renaissance Society at CSUS (for lifelong learning and for those in active retirement), the semester offered speakers from the holistic health community in Sacramento.
Optimism and confidence also helps. The opposite is the “reactive mode” as in how the brain reacts while watching the evening news. The solution is how to recover the natural mode of the brain in daily life one breath at a time. Take care of the minutes in your life is one attitude. Mindfulness, virtue, and wisdom also comes into play as functions of the nervous system–receiving and learning.
Altered gene expression (epigenetics) and permanent changes in the brain are discussed in the uTube lecture from meditation experiences. That’s part of neuroplasticity. Think of the effects and implications of meditation in terms of neurostructure.
Long-term meditators (20-40 minutes daily) also had thicker cortical tissues in two parts of their brain, including the region of the brain controlling attention. Meditation also helps slow down cortical mass thinning with age. But people who continually meditated did not lose cortical mass from thinning of the brain with age.
One of the videos recommended was Rick Hanson, PhD. speaking about his book on the science of happiness called Buddha’s Brain. Check out this neuro-psychologist’s lecture on uTube. Learn more about brain activity and mental activity such as the brain’s reward center. For example, there’s a study on envy that is discussed in the lecture on uTube.
Dr. Hanson studies the science of happiness and meditation, among other naturopathic and holistic topics. His uTube lecture goes through topics from Buddhism as a source of insight into psychology and psychology offers insight into the way the brain works. Rick Hanson lectures on “your amazing brain.”
Using the brain to change the mind for the better the theme of his lecture, which also includes the reverse, using the mind to change the brain. He covers topics such as responding to negative experiences and what to do about how to come back to the natural way of how the brain works.
Learn more about “social pleasure,” “envy,” and “reward.” For example a psychology study mentioned in the uTube lecture looked at pleasure at the misfortune of others compared to social pleasure and envy.
Different parts of the brain are activated at different levels of consciousness. Meditiation is a good part of the lecture–compassion meditation and the brain such as staying attentive and concentrated. Which part of the brain is activated when you’re meditating or in prayer?
His lecture covers facts about the brain as well as how to restore the brain to its natural state in the face of what most people face in the environment. How do you deal with all those messages moving around in your brain?