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Neurophysiology Of Compassion

  1. 1. The Neurophysiology Of Compassion Valdeane W. Brown, Ph.D. Zengar Institute Using CARE ® to Return to the Core of Compassion
  2. 2. Five Main Things To Present <ul><li>An Overall “Buddhist” Perspective On Transforming Suffering Into Compassion </li></ul><ul><li>Compassion As Simply Being Present </li></ul><ul><li>The Elegant Non-Linear, Dynamical Control Structures of Our Neurophysiology </li></ul><ul><li>The Elegant Power Of NeuroCARE Pro® To Being You Back to the Present </li></ul><ul><li>How These Work Together To Support Your Transforming Suffering Into Compassion </li></ul>
  3. 3. Let’s Start With The “Buddhist” Transformational Perspective <ul><li>It’s Odd To Talk About “Buddhism” </li></ul><ul><li>The Root Concept Is To Wake Up! </li></ul><ul><li>So We Are Talking About “Wake-ism” </li></ul><ul><li>But Most Of Us Are Asleep At The Wheel – Or Should Be, But In Bed! </li></ul>
  4. 4. Non-Sustainable, Consumer Culture Based On: <ul><li>Sleep Deprivation </li></ul><ul><li>Chronic Hyperventilation </li></ul><ul><li>Poor Nutrition </li></ul><ul><li>Deprivation Motivation </li></ul><ul><li>Fear-Based Control Of “Threats” </li></ul><ul><li>Spiritual Materialism & Acquisitive Envy </li></ul>
  5. 5. So We Put Ourselves To Sleep <ul><li>Pursuing Our Addictions </li></ul><ul><li>Telling The Story Of Our Identity </li></ul><ul><li>Which Is The Story Of Our Suffering </li></ul><ul><li>And We Want To “Get Away From It All” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Calgon, Take Me Away” </li></ul>
  6. 6. Our Culture Orients Us To Look For Some “Thing”… <ul><li>I’m Dissatisfied </li></ul><ul><li>Others Appear To Be Happy – At Least In The Ads And Movies </li></ul><ul><li>I Need What They Have To Be Happy </li></ul><ul><li>Until I Have That – Whatever It Is – I Will Not Be Happy </li></ul><ul><li>This Sets Up The Cycle Of Suffering </li></ul>
  7. 7. The Cycle Of Suffering <ul><li>I Feel Dissatisfied </li></ul><ul><li>I Believe Some “Thing” Is Causing My Dissatisfaction </li></ul><ul><li>I Believe That Either Having Some Other “Good Thing” Or Less Of The “Bad Thing” Will Relieve My Dissatisfaction </li></ul><ul><li>I “Get” What I Believe I Need And Feel “Less Bad” – At Least For A While… </li></ul>
  8. 8. And I Do This Day After Day, Hour Upon Hour, Moment By Moment… Hoping Against Hope That The Rat Race Of My Suffering Will End Some Day And, Of Course, It Does…Ultimately
  9. 9. The Suffering of “Trying to Be” Compassionate <ul><li>I Feel Dissatisfied With Not Being Compassionate Because I Believe I Should Be Compassionate </li></ul><ul><li>I Believe That Doing Some Particular “Thing” Would Be Compassionate – And I lose My Connection to Myself, the Others & Life </li></ul><ul><li>I Do “It” – Or Not – And “It” Doesn’t Work – I’m Still Dissatisfied With Myself, Others & Life </li></ul><ul><li>Compassion Isn’t Some Special “Thing” to Be Done – It’s As Simple As Breathing In & Out </li></ul>
  10. 10. Now Let’s Look at This From a Physiological Perspective The “Suffering” of Our Psychophsiology & Neurophysiology
  11. 11. Turbulence Precedes A Descent Into Chaos & “Lower” Energy Configurations <ul><li>Think About How Muscles Fatigue </li></ul><ul><li>Constrained to Maintain a Configuration That Can NOT Be Supported by Them </li></ul><ul><li>They Exhibit Turbulence at Some Point </li></ul><ul><li>And then “Catastrophically” Collapse Into a Now-Sustainable Configuration </li></ul>
  12. 12. Attempting to Maintain a Static “Desired State” Co-Creates The Turbulence & “Collapse” That We Experience As Suffering Simply Being Present to the Onset of the Turbulence Allows One to Make Even Subtle Modifications – Perhaps Sustaining the Overall Situation – Because of Your Connection to “What is”
  13. 13. Davidson’s Work With Meditation <ul><li>Read All of the Articles – and the Books Re: the Mind & Life Series </li></ul><ul><li>40 Hz Activation Connected to Long Term Practice of Tibetan Monks </li></ul><ul><li>Localized as Well – This is What Most Focus on </li></ul><ul><li>The CNS Does That All on Its Own… </li></ul>
  14. 14. The Heart is “Localized” on the Left Side of the Body, But… <ul><li>That Doesn’t Mean That Aerobic Exercise Should Be Done While “Leaning to the Left” Because That’s WHERE the Activity “Lives & Breathes” </li></ul><ul><li>Nor That It Should Be Done While “Leaning to the Right” to Balance Out That Asymmetry </li></ul><ul><li>Spring Comes & The Grass Grows By Itself – The CNS Self-Organizes </li></ul>
  15. 15. Lehman’s Companion Work <ul><li>Shows the Same Lateralized/Localized 40 Hz Activity as Does Davidson </li></ul><ul><li>And it Shows a Compensatory Lateralization/Localization Involving a Compensatory Time-Frequency Event </li></ul><ul><li>21 Hz Activation That Effectively “Counterbalances” the 40 Hz Activation That Has Drawn Such Attention </li></ul>
  16. 16. Both Patterns Emerge Auto-Poetically – On Their Own <ul><li>Without Site Specific Targeting </li></ul><ul><li>As an Outgrowth of Traditional Practices </li></ul><ul><li>That are Seen as “Nothing Special” </li></ul><ul><li>Just Manifestations of Absolute Bodhicitta – The Clear, Open Sky of Unconditioned Consciousness </li></ul><ul><li>And This Is Compassion Itself </li></ul>
  17. 17. Don’t Forget: You Must Be Present To Play Most Of Us Don’t Even Show Up, Let Alone Play – And We, thereby, Get Captured by Our Own “Terminal Seriosity”
  18. 18. But Compassion is the “Play” of Being Present All The Time… Simply Being Present – In the “Dance of Life – Is The Core of Compassion & The Core of Connection
  19. 19. A “Buddhist” Solution Orientation <ul><li>We Create Our Own Suffering </li></ul><ul><li>By Attaching To Unuseful Perspectives </li></ul><ul><li>That Create The Problems (ie What We Do NOT Want) </li></ul><ul><li>That Drive Us To Do What We Do NOT Want To Do And Does Not Sustain Us </li></ul><ul><li>And So It Goes, Unless </li></ul>
  20. 20. We Can Step Off Of That “Cycle Of Living And Dying” And Just Return To The Present Stopping, Calming, Resting, Healing – a la Thich Nhat Hanh
  21. 21. The Four Foundations <ul><li>Liberation Is At Hand (Fourth Noble Truth) </li></ul><ul><li>Everything Changes (First Noble Truth) </li></ul><ul><li>Trying To Keep Things The Same (ie Make Them How They Are NOT) Creates Suffering (Second Noble Truth) </li></ul><ul><li>Stop Doing That And (Continue To) Return To What Is Present And Do What You Want To Do Here And Now (Third Noble Truth) </li></ul>
  22. 22. Do What I Want? <ul><li>Yes, Because Your Belief In Needs Is An Illusion </li></ul><ul><li>That Creates The Suffering </li></ul><ul><li>That Drives You To Do What You Do NOT Want To Do – To NOT Suffer </li></ul><ul><li>And This Precludes Your Doing What You Actually WANT To Do, Like: </li></ul><ul><li>“When Hungry Eat, When Tired Sleep” </li></ul>
  23. 23. Three Central Ideas <ul><li>Non-Self </li></ul><ul><li>Non-Permanence </li></ul><ul><li>Non-Creating Of Dissatisfaction </li></ul>
  24. 24. Two Critical Actions <ul><li>Breathing In – the Suffering of Others </li></ul><ul><li>Breathing Out – The Joy, Peace, Security, Wholeness You Experience </li></ul>
  25. 25. Two Critical Actions Becomes One Process Tonglen – Giving & Taking
  26. 26. Tonlgen Rides the Breath Take in the Suffering (ie Accept that it is Present) & Give What You Have
  27. 27. The Tibetans Are Tough! It’s “Buddhism With An Attitude” as Alan Wallace Calls it
  28. 28. But They Know Something Fundamental Take in the Suffering – in Compassion for All Beings (Including Yourself) – And There Is No Separation
  29. 29. Give Your Breath Away Fully & the Universe Will Fill You… The Present Is Complete, Full & Perfect Just As It Is – esp When You’re Suffering
  30. 30. Realizing This Leads To One Thing Dristah dharma sukha viharin – Or “Remaining Happy In Things As They Are” – Right Here, Right Now
  31. 31. Otherwise Compassion Can Become Enmeshed in Spiritual Materialism <ul><li>Trying to Achieve or Acquire Spiritual Experience As Though That Were Another Thing To Win Or Own </li></ul><ul><li>“ One Day I’ll Be Compassionate” Is A Very Clear Way to NOT Be Compassionate to Yourself, Right Here, Right Now </li></ul>
  32. 32. It’s Not About Achieving What You Don’t Have It’s Simply Being Who And What You Are…The Rest Flows From That And The Ease Of Being With What Is
  33. 33. When You Are Fully Aware And Wholly Involved With What Is Present There Is No Need To Do Something Compassionate – You Can’t NOT Be Compassionate As The Zen Story Says: Having Your Self Stuck Nowhere (Else), Let Go Of Your Stories And Get On With It...
  34. 34. Shift the Focus Of The Process <ul><li>From The Pursuit Of Rarified States Of Exceptional Achievement For A Few </li></ul><ul><li>To The Existential Enjoyment Of A Discernible and Learnable Process With Benefits “For The Rest Of Us” </li></ul><ul><li>Which Means Doing Neurofeedback In a Way That Directly Brings You Back to the Present </li></ul><ul><li>Regardless Of “Why” You Come For Neurofeedback Training </li></ul>
  35. 35. Neurofeedback Exercises The CNS So It Nonlinearly Reestablishes Its Own Optimal Flow And Function Disorders Are All Particular Ways That The CNS Is Operating Ineffectively And Inefficiently
  36. 36. Which Brings Us To Using NeuroCARE Pro® For Neurofeedback NeuroCARE Pro Is A Maximally Comprehensive Environment For Neurofeedback
  37. 37. What Makes NeuroCARE Pro® So Comprehensive? It Allows For Training All Useful Targets Concurrently By Simply Targeting the Emergence of Turbulence…
  38. 38. What Makes NeuroCARE Pro® So Comprehensive? It’s Nothng Special for Accessing a “Preferred State” or Special Configuration – It Just Returns You to the Present
  39. 39. And The Present Is Always A Gift How You Dance With That Gift Is Up To You
  40. 40. As Patanjali Said: Yoga Niroddah Citta Vritti Coming Back to Wholeness Happens – on its own – When You Release the Rippling in Your Consciousness
  41. 41. And That’s About As Compassionate As It Gets May All Beings Be Released From Suffering And The Causes And Conditions Of Suffering

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