“My experience is what I agree to attend to. Only those items which I notice shape my mind.” William James, American psychologist!!!!


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Daniel Siegel:
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Earlier this year a study was published that showed just 8 weeks of mindfulness training can create significant changes in regions of the brain associated with attention, memory, stress, and empathy. Two of these regions include the pre-frontal cortex, which allows us control and shift our attention, and the insula, which makes us more self-aware and empathic.

Being mindful is the exact opposite of our “fight, flight, or freeze” part of the brain, the part of our brain that is activated when we feel threatened or in danger. This state of mind isn’t necessarily bad, but unfortunately, due to our busy and very fast-paced world, we have been conditioned to activate “fight, flight, or freeze” as a reaction to novel stimuli that don’t actually pose a threat or danger. However, when we are able to remain mindful, calm, non-impulsive, and feeling safe, we can free up our mental resources and use them more effectively for things like learning and problem-solving.

The takeaway here is that by practicing daily mindfulness we can take advantage of the neuroplasticity of our brains and thereby improve the state of our lives.
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“Being mindful is the exact opposite of our “fight, flight, or freeze.”
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There it is, mindfulness trumps PTSD and negates fight, flight or freeze, depletes cortisol.
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