Posts Tagged ‘MINDFULNESS’

Celebrate, celebrate, dance to the music……

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“Go where you are celebrated – not tolerated. If they can’t see the real value of you, it’s time for a new start.” –

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Can we apply this to our mind?

Can we go to our right prefrontal cortex (positive emotion center), where we are celebrated.

“What fires together wires together” means that synapses grow, grey matter density changes, the mind alters itself, adapts constantly with attention and lack of attention.

Neuroscience says this celebration is contagious and the mind molds itself to be more positive, happier.

Wow!

Wow!

What are you waiting for?
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“Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.” – Joshua J. Marine -

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For most of my life, until recently, I would wholeheartedly agree with this quote.

Now, I know the competing, the journey, the ability to take action in the midst of fear and distraction are the permanent elements of life.

The difference lies in how we judge our life, our actions, not if we win or lose or draw. If I compete as a personal challenge, then judgment on performance dies before its birth.

Excellent.

It is how you play the game (life).

I overcame a lot early in my life, I won big at times, accomplished, gained staus and possessions, but I was miserable, suffering on that journey.

Many great athletes are driven by fear of failure. I was one, well driven not great.

It is not a life to covet, even though it looks rewarding from afar.

Overcoming has nothing to do with happiness.

Happiness thrives inside us, internally.

When we come to the fork in the road, choose the acceptance path, not the one with worldly reward and accolades.
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Happiness not as impossible as you may think. It is silly putty like and more!

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Time Flies!
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Davidson again:)

“That change can come about as a result of experiences we have as well as of purely internal mental activity—our thoughts.

Take experiences: The brains of people who have been blind from birth and who learn to read Braille, the writing system based on tiny raised dots that the fingers slide across, experience a measurable increase in the size and activity of areas in the motor cortex and somatosensory cortex that control movement and receive tactile sensation from the reading fingers.

Even more dramatically, their visual cortex—which is supposedly hardwired to process signals from the eye and turn them into visual images—undertakes a radical career change and takes on the job of processing sensations from the fingers rather than input from the eyes.”
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Neuroscience,,, , through functional MRI’s,,,,,,, , is mapping disorders, depression, ADHD etc

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“In an analysis of sixteen such studies involving a total of 184 people with ADHD and 186 normal controls, researchers at the New York University Child Study Center found that several regions of the prefrontal cortex important for selective attention and response inhibition were underactive in the ADHD group.

In particular, the inferior prefrontal cortex, the brain’s impulse-inhibiting center, seemed to be sitting this one out:

While it lit up with activity in healthy controls, in kids and adults with ADHD it was sidelined. (As we will see in chapter 11, these are the brain regions that are strengthened by the forms of meditation that improve several aspects of attention.)

Another signature of attention is phase-locking, in which an external stimulus becomes synchronized with ongoing brain oscillations detected by electrodes on the scalp. Here, too, when this process goes awry, the result is ADHD:

When scientists at the University of Toronto recently measured neural synchrony in nine adults with ADHD and ten healthy controls, they found much poorer synchrony in the ADHD group.

Again, one of the key neural correlates of selective attention is dysfunctional in ADHD.”
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Feeling excited or being a constant worrier is a choice of attention, yes, where we place our attention more precisely!

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Richard Davidson:

“One of the most promising forms of neurally based therapy arises from my basic discovery about the patterns of brain activity that underlie depression:

• People with higher left than right prefrontal activity feel a greater sense of well-being and contentment, while those who have higher right than left prefrontal activity often suffer from depression.

In addition, people who have greater baseline levels of left prefrontal activation score high on something called behavioral activation, which is a measure of the strength of what psychologists have called approach motivation.

People with high behavioral activation scores strongly agree with statements such as “When I get something I want, I feel excited and energized” and “When I want something, I usually go all out to get it.”

• People who have greater baseline levels of right prefrontal activation score high on behavioral inhibition, which is a measure of anxiety and the propensity to “shut down” in the face of adversity.

Behaviorally inhibited people agree strongly with such statements as “I worry about making mistakes” and “Criticism or scolding hurts me quite a bit.”
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The mind can alter, change, form new junctions, increase or decrease grey matter density.

So let’s change our mind like we do our clothes.
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Think, outside the clock. (Box). .. Expand your horizon!

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Time to let go!

Time to focus!
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Self worth can be fixed through affirmations and mindfulness practice!

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“Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.”

- Lucille Ball -
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Self worth or unworthiness has to be dealt with before we can seriously consider finding happiness.

Lucille is correct, self love is the first rung on the ladder to happy.

Affirmation will correct this negative situation.

Example:

I strive with complete effort to accept me, the good, the flawed, the mundane, and the spectacular, totally.
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