Grieving Selfish Genes

Mindfulness Once Again

Print Version June 15th, 2014

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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