The pre-frontal cortex – The CEO of the brain
- This is the most highly evolved part of the brain, responsible for reasoning, planning, emotions and self-conscious awareness.
- During meditation, the frontal cortex tends to go offline.
- Research indicates that meditators have much more density, thickness, and neural activity within their "left prefrontal cortex" which means: far less anxiety and depression, improved decision making, stronger willpower, more success, more processing power, better health, the list goes on.
- This part of the brain processes sensory information about the surrounding world, orienting you in time and space.
- During meditation, activity in "third-dimensional" based parietal lobes cooled off immensely, which happens to be the same area that becomes overheated when we feel lonely.
- When people lose their sense of self in meditation, feeling a sense of oneness, this results in a blurring of the boundary between self and others...with no sense of space or passage of time, reducing feelings of loneliness, releasing a cascade of scientifically proven psychological and physiological benefits, in turn making you a happier and healthier person
Meditation’s simultaneous benefits of “dual activated thinking” and “neuroplastic brain rewiring” open up a highly beneficial world of possibilities, helping you have:
- The same “whole brain thinking” state as many of humanity’s greatest thinkers.
- Ability to process and assimilate information much faster.
- Super advanced levels of creativity.
- Powerful problem-solving skills with exceptional learning ability.
- Heightened mental awareness and increased confidence as you develop more advanced thought processes.
- More intellectual processing power.
- More personal and professional success.
- The tools to control your own destiny, with the intuition to easily navigate your way.
- Greatly enhanced focus and concentration.
- And a limitless number of other benefits…
- Compassion upgrades everything. There are also a host of health benefits that come from practicing kindness and compassion for others, like alleviating anxiety and depression, strengthening the immune system, and helping you live longer.
- Researchers discovered the "right anterior dorsal insula" to be highly active during meditation. What’s the link? This happens to be the same brain area that lights up like a Christmas tree when we show authentic kindness and compassion toward others
Posterior Cingulate Cortex
- Researchers have discovered that one particular brain region responsible for the "wandering mind", the posterior cingulate cortex (PCT), becomes deactivated during meditation.
- What does this mean? Corralling the so-called "wandering mind" opens up a whole wonderful world of "present mind" benefits, cancelling out much of the real reason for unhappiness.
Temporoparietal junction (TPJ)
- The the temporoparietal junction (TPJ) becomes highly activated during emotional intelligence centred activities, like social interaction.
- Long thought to be a critical brain area for highly empathic, conscientious people, meditation, through the power of neuroplasticity, builds up a big and strong "emotional intelligence" centred TPJ
- Serving as the on/off switch to the REM stage of sleep, the funnily named, base of the brain originating "Pons" regulates the main dreamtime chemical: melatonin.
- Meditation, through the power of neuroplasticity, builds up a big and strong sleep centred "Pons."
- The gatekeeper for the senses -this organ focuses your attention by funnelling some sensory data deeper into the brain and stopping other signals in their tracks.
- Meditation reduces the flow of incoming information to a trickle.
- As the brain’s sentry, this structure receives incoming stimuli and puts the brain on alert, ready to respond. Meditating dials back the arousal signal.