Buddha’s Brain by Rick Hanson: Reciprocal Inhibition

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“Some parts of the brain are linked by reciprocal inhibition: when one part activates, it suppresses another one.

 

To some extent, the left and right hemispheres have this relationship; thus, when you stimulate the right hemisphere by engaging the activities it specializes in, the verbal centers of the left hemisphere are effectively shushed.

 

The right, visual-spatial hemisphere has the greater responsibility for representing the state of your body, so awareness of the body can help suppress left-brain verbal chatter.

 

 

“Right hemisphere activation increases further when you sense the body as a whole, which draws upon the global, gestalt processing of that hemisphere.”
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My two cents: Meditation/Mindfulness practice activates the right hemisphere, thus suppressing our cognitive engine, our verbal centers and our created “Ego”.

 


We practice to build focus, to reach our right hemisphere for a precious few seconds. With practice we deepen and build longer and longer durations of peace and calm.

 

 

There is no way of knowing the benefits of meditating without actual intense practice, reading a book or taking a class changes nothing.

 

 

Meditation is not an intellectual commodity, it takes action, practice, sitting alone with your demons.

 


When we surrender to our fears, enormous opportunity appears.
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