- MRI scans show that after an eight-week course of mindfulness practice, the brain’s “fight or flight” center, the amygdala, appears to shrink. This primal region of the brain, associated with fear and emotion, is involved in the initiation of the body’s response to stress. As the amygdala shrinks, the pre-frontal cortex – associated with higher order brain functions such as awareness, concentration and decision-making – becomes thicker.
- Reframing negative events in a positive light literally rewires your brain and can make you a happier person, as can regular meditation.
- The average number of thoughts that humans are believed to experience each day is 70,000.
- You have a finite amount of will power each day because to exercise will power you need energy in the form of oxygen and glucose, that’s why it’s harder to say ‘no’ when you are tired or not feeling yourself.
- Until relatively recently scientists thought that the brain was the only area of the human body that didn’t generate new cells. We now know that’s not true and the brain does reproduce shiny new cells for you to use.
- Concentration meditation, in which the meditator focuses complete attention on one thing, such as counting the breath or gazing at an object, activates regions of the brain that are critical for controlling attention. This is true even among novice meditators who receive only brief training.
- The brain is very poor at concentrating for long periods of time and needs to clear it’s head so to speak about every 90 minutes or so.
- The old adage of you only use 10% of your brain is not true. Every part of the brain has a known function.
- Mindfulness meditation offers freedom for people with anxiety, in part by changing the way the brain responds to negative thoughts.
- There are no pain receptors in the brain, so the brain can feel no pain even though it is where you actually experience pain in your body.
Sources: A Daring Adventure, Brain Training, Scientific American, Mindful.org, Fineartamerica(image)