December 7, 2022 at 3:55 am #411449
I want to practice mindfulness religiously going forward. Any ideas on how I can start small?
I would also love to read the results you obtained from practicing meditation and mindfulness which would act an impetus for me to start.
Thank you!December 7, 2022 at 7:00 am #411454
If you go to BLOGS at the top of the page, scroll down and click on MINDFULNESS AND PEACE, you will find excellent resources, one of which is titled “5 Reasons Why I Tried Mindfulness and How it’s Changed My Life” by Chris Boutte.
Part of this article that particularly interests me reads (the boldface and italic features are my addition): “Around the same time that I discovered mindfulness, I also learned that I’m fascinated by neuroscience. One of the most interesting parts of the brain is the prefrontal cortex. While it’s the youngest part, it also has some of the most important responsibilities, including: *Emotional regulation *Impulse control *Body regulation *Making logical decisions *Empathy *Connectedness to others * Self-awareness.
“The problem with us as humans is that our limbic system (our primitive instincts to react) often overrides the prefrontal cortex. However, scientific evidence shows that a regular mindfulness practice helps strengthen that part of the brain. Basically, if I wanted to get stronger biceps, I know which weight-lifting exercises I could do… if I want to improve all of the abilities listed above, I should practice mindfulness because it strengthens the prefrontal cortex”.
Also, if you google “mindfulness meditation” you will find plenty of audios and/ or videos of meditations, some of which you can listen to/ watch for free.
You wrote: “I would also love to read the results you obtained from practicing meditation and mindfulness“- the results, for me: a stronger/ more dominant frontal cortex (more mental clarity, trust in my ability to solve problems logically, or reasonably, emotional stability), and a weaker/ less dominant limbic system (no longer confused on a regular basis, distrusting myself, easily overwhelmed, distressed, reactive, and impulsive).
I need to practice more mindfulness and further strengthen my frontal cortex… definitely!
anitaDecember 7, 2022 at 7:02 am #411455
-Adding to the results: more empathy and more connectedness to others.
anitaDecember 7, 2022 at 10:14 pm #411486
There were a lot of insights to be gained from reading the blog. Thank you for pointing me in that direction. I hope that I too can make progress in the way that the author has mentioned. Looking forward to making this journey..December 8, 2022 at 9:26 am #411507
You are welcome and I hope that the two of us will continue to make progress in the mindful strengthening of our individual prefrontal cortexes, while resolving the emotional conflicts, distress, confusion, impulsivity etc., that our individual limbic systems present to us. Does this make sense to you?
anitaDecember 9, 2022 at 1:16 am #411540
Today, I spent a half hour trying to read a book. I had impulses to check my phone and I noticed how the sensations felt in my body at that time. I also failed twice and did check my phone for which I forgave myself. At the end of it, I noticed how I enjoyed reading the book.December 9, 2022 at 8:13 am #411557
Good Mindfulness Practice, humour: well done! Seems to me that your impulses to check your phone and resulting body sensations were the doings of your limbic system; your mindful noticing of your body sensations, and forgiving yourself were the doing of your prefrontal cortex. Mindfulness practice is about noticing the former without automatically reacting, and making logical, sensible choices using the latter.
anitaDecember 9, 2022 at 11:57 pm #411582
Thank you Anita for the encouragement 🙂December 10, 2022 at 4:15 am #411586
You are welcome, Humour. I hope to encourage you whenever you post!
anitaDecember 22, 2022 at 4:35 pm #412446
I hope you are mindful and well, humour!
anitaJanuary 2, 2023 at 1:19 pm #413088
I still hope that you are mindful and well, humor, on this 2nd day of 2023!