Handling our default mode

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“A basic instruction in almost all forms of meditation urges us to notice when our mind has wandered and then return our focus to the chosen target, say, a mantra or our breathing.

 

 

This moment has universal familiarity on contemplative paths.

 

 

This simple mental move has a neural correlate: activating the connection between the dorsolateral PFC (prefrontal cortex) and the default mode—a connection found to be stronger in long-term meditators than in beginners.

 

 

The stronger this connection, the more likely regulatory circuits in the prefrontal cortex inhibit the default areas,

 

 

quieting the monkey mind—the incessant self-focused chatter that so often fills our minds when nothing else is pressing.
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2 responses to this post.

  1. my monkey
    is quieting 🙂

  2. Practice practice practice

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