The Neuroscience of Mindfulness

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Thanks to Melissa G. for bringing this recent post from a blog on the Psychology Today” site.
The Neuroscience of Mindfulness by David Rock.

As a person who was interested in mindfulness and meditation for years, but failed miserably in each attempt, I was very grateful to “stumble into” the Feldenkrais Method. As Dr. Rock’s article states,

“The key to practicing mindfulness is just to practice focusing your attention onto a direct sense, and to do so often. It helps to use a rich stream of data.”

The longer I practice the Feldenkrais Method, the more appreciative I am of the value of my senses and the information I process through my own body and perceived experience. That starting point — what’s happening here, and now — is the best first step on whatever journey you’re on.

Learn more about the Feldenkrais Method here.

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One thought on “The Neuroscience of Mindfulness

  1. The Different Neuroscience of Mindfulness

    In its essence, mindfulness changes how we ‘want’, but in spite of the explosion of research on the neuroscience of mindfulness, a neurological definition of wanting has never been incorporated in any of this research literature. A major reason may be the predominant use of brain imaging (fmri) to observe the minds of mindfulness practitioners. Since the fmri only measures brain activity through the proxy of changes in blood flow within the brain, it cannot measure the biochemical correlates to wanting that are independent of neural blood flow. Indeed, because ‘wanting’ processes in the brain involve small arrays of cells within the midbrain, the fmri is as useful in observing wanting as the Mount Palomar telescope is in observing sub-atomic particles. In other words, it doesn’t work.

    Below is a link to the first definition of mindfulness that is derived from the neuroscience of wanting. Derived from the work of the behavioral neuroscientist Kent Berridge who vetted the explanation for accuracy, it provides a very short, simple and new explanation of mindfulness that justifies it a most unusual way. I hope you find it of interest.

    http://mezmer.blogspot.com/2011/11/mindfulness-and-wanting.html

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