Thinking Changes Your Brain as Well as Your Mind

I just assumed use it or lose it applied to the mind as well as the body. It just made sense. I was unaware and unconcerned with the science behind this. There must be some new neuroscience studies out recently because in a couple of nonscientific periodicals I have read really cool stuff about the link between the brain and the mind.

Apparently the Dalai Lama was far ahead of western docs and scientists. The Men of science believed that the physical aspects of the brain (composition, chemicals, electrical patterns, etc.) make us who we are and that if the brain was affected or damaged in some way that it would affect the mind. The mind however could not change the brain.

The DL suspected that the power of the mind could also change the brain. This was supported by studies of monks who were masters of meditation. Their brains in some ways function differently. The mental training in meditation makes it easier for the brain to turn on circuits that underlie compassion and empathy. They had a stronger connection from the frontal regions of the brain to the emotion regions, which is the pathway by which higher thought can control emotions.

Why do I find this so cool?  I love when no-it-alls learn from people with another perspective. I like the idea that we can exercise the mind for own greater good. I enjoy when West and East come together instead of getting farther apart.

Something to think about.

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