Archive for June 15th, 2014

Mindfulness Once Again

a water drop on a leaf

a water drop on a leaf invites attention

Having expressed my ambivalence toward the practice of mindfulness the other day I felt I should report this post from the Scientific American blog by Tom Ireland.

MRI scans show that after an eight-week course of mindfulness practice, the brain’s “fight or flight” center, the amygdala, appears to shrink. This primal region of the brain, associated with fear and emotion, is involved in the initiation of the body’s response to stress.

As the amygdala shrinks, the pre-frontal cortex – associated with higher order brain functions such as awareness, concentration and decision-making – becomes thicker.

 

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Grieving

purple

Rebecca’s favourite colour, purple

Up until last August I only knew of Erik Meyer as a CSS guru (that’s Cascading Style Sheets — web stuff) but then his daughter was diagnosed with a brain tumour and over the last year he has been writing about his family’s experience.

It seems wrong to say so but he has written that experience beautifully.

Rebecca died on her birthday, 7th June. Now Erik is writing about his missing grief.

I hope it honours Erik and Rebecca and the whole family to suggest you who read this go to his site and read their story.

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