Mindfulness exercises can add value to everything you do. The practice activates PFR, the rational brain, residing in your prefrontal regions. It focuses your attention on becoming self aware.
The heightened activation of PFR dampens neural activity in the amygdala, the primary wellspring of fear and anger. The process calms your agitations and detaches you from destructive emotions - the temperamental monkey, which fidgets on your back.
Your mind becomes quieter. Mindfulness exercises also focus single-mindedly on improving your daily routines. By focusing on this inherently rewarding objective, your mind becomes more focused and energetic. You begin to live actively “in the now.”
Can An Algorithm Be Controlling The Mind?
I am not a physician, but an engineer. Way back in 1989, I listed how the ELIMINATION approach of an AI Program could be uncovering a mystery of the mind. How could a doctor be instantly identifying Disease X out of 8000 diseases? How could the doctor's mind isolate a single disease/symptom (D/S link out of trillions of possible links in less than half a second?
This list of 6 unique new premises could be explaining the enigma and revealing an exciting glimpse into the mind:
First, the total born and learned knowledge available to the doctor could only be existing as the stored/retrieved data within the 100 billion neurons in his brain.
Second, axon hillocks could be storing that knowledge as combinatorial memories. Residing at the head of the axonal output of each neuron is its axon hillock, receiving thousands of inputs from other neurons. Each hillock is known to be making the pivotal neuronal decision about received inputs within 5 milliseconds. The hillock could be opting to fire impulses, if it recalled a combination. If not, it could be opting to inhibit further impulses. Or, it could be recording new combinations, adding to its memory store. These choices and recordings were programming axon hillocks to logically store and respond to vast memories, making the mind intelligent.
Third, combinations are known to be providing nature with its most powerful mode of coding. Science has been reporting the neuronal memories provided by combinations for millions of smells. Each axon hillock is capable of processing more combinations than there are stars in the sky. Each new combination stored by an axon hillock could be recording a new set of relationship links remembered by the mind. The doctor's brain could be storing all the D/S links known to him as combinations in the relevant axon hillocks of his brain.
Fourth, instant global communication is working today as a practical reality. Millions of cells of spreadsheets are instantly reflecting single inputs into cells. The doctor observes a symptom. Within the instant of his observation, the feedback and feed forward links of his brain could be informing all related D/S axon hillocks of the presence of the symptom as a combinatorial transmission. Only the D/S link of Disease X could be recalling the combination and recognizing the symptom.
Fifth, on not recognizing the symptom, all other disease related D/S hillocks could be instantly inhibiting their impulses. But, the D/S links of Disease X could be continuing to fire. Those firing D/S link would be recalling past complaints, treatments, patients, references and signs of Disease X, thus confirming the diagnosis, in the doctor's mind. In this manner, rational axon hillocks could be enabling the prescient speed and wisdom of the mind.
Sixth, specific regions of the brain are known to be identifying sensory inputs, recognizing objects and events, triggering emotions and providing motor responses. Axon hillocks of those regions could be rationally responding to inputs and triggering those functions. The axon hillocks of the amygdala could be storing memories of threats during life, or during prehistoric encounters. The sight of a snake could be triggering fear signals from the organ. Those signals could be triggering reflexive flight or freeze responses out of the axon hillocks of the motor regions.
Finally, common sense can calm such reflexive responses through routines for self awareness, as suggested in these pages. Sound judgement can be toughening the mind by making it patient and by controlling its temper. Grief or guilt will not be shattering experiences; reason can be the tool for conquering fear; for escaping from the well of sudden disappointment; avoiding dissatisfaction with life; avoiding despair over the lack of meaning in life. These urged routines, which provide effective mind control, are now benefiting thousands of people.
Worldwide interest in this website is acknowledging its rationale. Not metaphysical theories, but pattern recognition and infinite axon hillock memories could be explaining the astonishing speed of human intuition. Several years after 1989, a Nobel Prize began acknowledging combinatorial olfactory codes. Over three decades, this website has been assembling evidence of how neural pattern recognition is powering emotional and physical behaviors. It has been receiving over 2 million page views from over 150 countries.
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What Are The Two Usual Types Of Meditation?
For over 5000 years, the benefits of meditation have been heralded by many world religions. Meditation has enabled people to achieve a higher state of consciousness, greater focus, creativity, self-awareness and a more relaxed and peaceful frame of mind. There are two main modes of meditation. The first, pure meditation, focuses the mind on a single word or object, stilling thoughts within a subconscious process and has been proved to have significant medical benefits. The second, the mindfulness method of meditation, takes control of the mind through methodical observation.
What Are The Benefits Of Mindfulness Exercises?
Mindfulness exercises enable PFR to take charge of your life. The process muffles emotional upsurges. Over the years, the exercises make your approach to problems more and more rational. Your views resemble a computer statement, which is neither angry, nor sad, but just lists facts. This experience is in keeping with the Buddhist description of the outcome of mindfulness meditation: “You will not see something is good or bad, whether it is a beautiful picture or a very ugly picture, a sweet sound or an ugly sound. When you act like this, your mind will stay calm.” But, your objective is really not to see the world from a cold, rational perspective. As the primitive attacks of fear, resentment or anger reduce, you will find that joy and wonder form your normal pattern recognition responses to the splendor of life all around you.
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Why Is Your Mind In Turmoil?
Your triune brain is an assembly of increasingly advanced intelligences, assembled over time by evolution. An early reptilian network caused the system to consume, or reject food, based on an evaluation of smells. Later, nature added event recognition systems. The possibility of disagreeable events triggered fearful, or angry responses. A subsequent mammalian brain triggered social emotions like jealousy, or guilt adding even more decision options. Your brain evaluates myriad such options in making its decisions.
The clamor of these lower animal brains normally tend to capture control and trouble your mind. Such responses have become irrelevant in the modern world. The responses of an animal to a tiger in the vicinity are unsuitable for meeting a career threat. We don't need to respond this way. Luckily, we have the option to utilize PFR, the recent human level intelligence, in the prefrontal regions. It is an immensely wise and rational evaluation system. Mindfulness exercises are simple routines, which enable PFR to take increasing charge of your life.
How Does Attention Achieve PFR Control?
Attention is primarily an activity of PFR, the prefrontal region. Focused attention stills unrelated neural activity. When your attention focuses on your toe, the touch sensory neurons in your toe will fire more rapidly and still the neighboring neurons. Increased firing makes you aware of the pressure of your shoe on your toe.
Maunsell reported that, in tests on monkeys, focused attention causes the related neural signals to respond more strongly, while signals from neighboring neurons become attenuated. The mindfulnesses exercises systematically focus PFR attention to still the irrational messages from lower level intelligences. The results are amazing. PFR, your precious common sense, discovers its unique independence from its lower levels. You are freed from the pain of troubling emotional interpretations of your world. The Buddhists suggest that you can observe your problems like a “watching a bird in the sky.”
How Do You Retain PFR Control?
Paul Eckman, the famous emotions scientist said, "We become aware a quarter, or half second after the emotion begins. I do not choose to have an emotion, to become afraid, or to become angry. I am suddenly angry. I can usually figure out later what someone did that caused the emotion." Fear, guilt, anger or shame takes possession and troubles the human mind virtually every living moment. Mindfulness exercises seek to free you completely from control by these subconscious events. Each individual is, usually, the habitual victim of only a few of these emotions. These exercises can quiet such feelings fairly quickly. Continued mindfulness exercises enable the quiet PFR common sense control to bring focused excellence to everything they do.
Can You “Live In The Moment"?
There are people, who can multi-task - talk on the phone, while watching pans on three burners. For them, attention switches continuously from task to task. The average person can only focus attention on a single thing. When you becomes aware of the pressure on your toes, you cannot also pay attention to the breeze on your shoulder. Teachings on “Living In The Moment” appear to suggest an ability to become aware of the whole universe around you. You cannot possibly focus your attention on everything around you in the same moment. While fully “living in the now” sounds absurd, focusing on a single activity is practical.
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What Can You Really Focus On?
Time study of production lines follows this concept. In time study, you take a single operation like the assembly of an electric toaster and analyze it down to its tiniest detail. The process can shave off minutes from assembly line time schedules. Clearly define an event and study it. Focus on “sitting down,” or “brushing your teeth.” Try and do it with the least strain on your muscles, in smooth easy movements. When you focus your attention on what you are doing, your whole body absorbs the process and keeps inventing new ways of improving your performance. The physical complexity of the small things you do will amaze you. Your mind will be continually rewarded by the pleasure of small achievements.
Why Do You Need Novelty?
Professor Wolfram Schultz discovered that reward oriented behavior is promoted by the release of a group of neurotransmitters by neurons in the early reptilian part (in the approach or withdraw mechanism) of the human brain. These neurons detect signals in the environment, which indicate the possibility of a reward within a specific time frame. They release the neuro transmitter dopamine in the forebrain. Increased dopamine strengthens its activity, bringing clarity to objectives. The flood of dopamine makes a person feel more energetic and elated. It is not the reward, but the expectation of a reward, which releases dopamine. Its levels rise even if your objective is something as simple as wanting to cross the road.
Nature times the induction of energy, timing it precisely to be sufficient to achieve desired objectives. Schultz recorded the timed release of dopamine by these neurons. He noted that the release increases, if the reward is greater than what is expected. It continues only for the predicted time period, when a reward can be expected. The release reduces at the end of this period. The releases stop if the rewards have become a matter of routine. Your mind works better in expectation of a reward. It improves if the reward is more than expected. It becomes dull if you are just following a routine every day.
Freshness and creativity are needed for vitality. Mindfulness exercises create rewards by focusing your mind on the novelty and the creative potential of the life around you. By focusing attention, your mind becomes engrossed in the infinite variety in the simple things you do. Mindfulness exercises bring energy and focus into ordinary day to day living.
What Are Mindfulness Exercises?
The following exercises increase your self awareness and enable your PFR to take increasing charge of your mind:
What Is Mindfulness Living?
The average person may spend his time in one of six focus areas - sleep, human interaction, daily routines, meditation, problem solving and entertainment/satisfying curiosity. You sleep, interact with family, friends and colleagues, brush your teeth and eat your food, solve problems in the office, watch movies and read books. During all these activities, even if your mind is free of the “existential chatter” of negative emotions, many thoughts will still wander in. Memories from the past, problems of the world and hopes for the future will distract you from your focus areas. Mindfulness exercises can free you from this distraction, help you to powerfully concentrate on “the now” and improve the quality of your life:
What Is The Objective Of Mindfulness Exercises?
The objective of mindfulness exercises is to live life fully, without being distracted by guilt from the past, anger about the present, or fears of the future. Those exercises make you pay attention to your mind, identify and subdue the negative foibles of your mind. These were contributed by your troubling experiences, or inherited from an animal past. They can happily be left behind. As the best contribution of this process, you will recognize the feelings of joy which literally fire in your brain, when you watch a sunset, or do your work well. The ultimate joy of mindfulness exercises was uncovered by wise men from a distant past. Civilization owes them a deep debt of gratitude.
JUST THINK... What happens when you are beginning to talk? Your nervous system is picking an emotion, articulating an idea around it, choosing apt words from a vocabulary of thousands of words, arranging them in lexical and grammatical order and adjusting the pitch of your voice. Before you speak you are having no consciousness of the words you will use. Who is actually taking charge? This question leads to the question "What is consciousness itself?" Is consciousness a spirit living in a human body? Is it a life form that emerges from the nervous system? This is the living hard problem of consciousness.