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Jame Ellermeyer and the students discuss the science behind Mindfulness and Meditation as they perform a mindfulness exercise writing left handed, the results and why. ...

Jame Ellermeyer and the students discuss the science behind Mindfulness and Meditation as they perform a mindfulness exercise writing left handed, the results and why.

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    • Neuroplasticity  Reshaping brain pathways  Having the ability to consciously change the way the brain processes  This is a new uncharted area of science, the reality is we are only on the tip of the iceberg to understanding how brain growth works.
    • IS There a Magic Brain Work Out?  We know using your muscles makes you stronger.  Is that the same concept in the brain? Does using your brain make you smarter?
    • Neural Pathways  Our nervous system is wired with millions of neurons that run in pathways that connect like a complex road. When we learn new behaviors we make new paths.
    • Neural Pathways  The more we use a certain pathway the more efficient that neural path gets.  Our thought or action becomes faster and requires less effort.
    • Forging New Roads  However…to make new pathway it requires more than the repetition used to build muscles.  It also requires attention.
    • Does it carry over?  It seems that the brain works by building efficiency of one neural path at a time. Only the one you give attention too. That basically means there is no crossover.  For example, doing crossword puzzles won’t make you less likely to remember where you put your glasses but it will make you better at crosswords
    • Common Attitudes to Meditation  I am going to do this and must get it right.  I should focus 100%.  I am going to try extremely hard.
    • Meditation  It is about getting somewhere you already are.
    • Some Benefits of Meditation  Your mind gets stronger and faster.  Increases connections between brain cells.  Gyrification-linked to processing information quickly.
    • Aids in emotional stability
    • Pain may be less of an issue
    • Dealing with stress
    • STRESS Internally caused  Fears  Repetitive thoughts  Worrying about future events  Unrealistic expectation  Habitual behavior patterns  Overscheduling  Failing to be assertive  Procrastination
    • PROCRASTINATION
    • Is it easy? No it isn’t easy to pay attention to our brain operations. Instinctually we like to use a very automatic portion of our brain – the one that tells us what to do when we feel threatened. To form new pathways we have to use a more complex portion of our brain called the prefrontal cortex.
    • Activities that help This is a very new area of study where everything is uncharted waters. Very few things claiming to help the brain show any evidence in scientific studies.
    • Except….  However there are a few activities that show promise to improving overall brain function and control  Physical exercise  Meditation  Video games?
    • Evidence  Studies have shown Monks can control their body temperature through meditation!
    • Confidence is key  Dopamine is the pleasure drug released by our bodies. It is released when we are happy or confident.  Studies show that generating new pathways is more effective if attention is given to the activity as well as dopamine is present  If you believe you can do it you will.
    • Take home points  You are already making the effort.  Continue to pay attention to the pathways you want to create, not the ones you want to remove.  Build your confidence to aid inn neurogenesis.