Handling our default mode


“A basic instruction in almost all forms of meditation urges us to notice when our mind has wandered and then return our focus to the chosen target, say, a mantra or our breathing.



This moment has universal familiarity on contemplative paths.



This simple mental move has a neural correlate: activating the connection between the dorsolateral PFC (prefrontal cortex) and the default mode—a connection found to be stronger in long-term meditators than in beginners.



The stronger this connection, the more likely regulatory circuits in the prefrontal cortex inhibit the default areas,



quieting the monkey mind—the incessant self-focused chatter that so often fills our minds when nothing else is pressing.

2 responses to this post.

  1. my monkey
    is quieting 🙂

  2. Practice practice practice

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