Mindfulness meditation and your brainWhat does mindfulness meditation do to your brain? Well, a group of Harvard neuroscientists interested in mindfulness meditation have reported that brain structures change after only eight weeks of meditation practice. Mediation practitioners are  able to remove or lessen the aversiveness of painful stimulation, and thus the stressing nature of it, by altering the connectivity between two brain regions which are normally communicating with one another. They certainly don’t seem to have blocked the experience. Rather, it seems they refrained from engaging in thought processes that make it painful. The practice of meditation is associated with a sense of peacefulness and physical relaxation, practitioners have long claimed that meditation also provides cognitive and psychological benefits that persist throughout the day. Seattle hypnosis and Bainbridge hypnosis clients learn mindfulness meditation hypnosis to improve physical, mental and emotional health and wellness.

What Does Mindfulness Meditation
Do to Your Brain?

Scientific American, Tom Ireland, June 12, 2014: 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.

The picture we have is that mindfulness practice increases one’s ability to recruit higher order, pre-frontal cortex regions in order to down-regulate lower-order brain activity.

In other words, our more primal responses to stress seem to be superseded by more thoughtful ones.

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Mindfulness meditation is about being aware of the present moment and simply noticing feelings and thoughts as they come and go. You too can learn mindfulness meditation hypnosis to improve your physical health and to increase mental and emotional wellbeing.

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