MINDFULNESS AND THE BRAIN
Our ability to study the brain and understand how it works has improved tremendously in the last few decades. Technology has allowed us to watch brain activity and to "see" how it works in real time. You may be familiar with the brain's hemispheres and also know that the left hemisphere is responsible for logic and the right hemisphere is more about creativity. You may also know that there are "lobes" in the brain with names like frontal, occipital, or parietal. There are many other parts of the brain that have specific jobs and are critical to our ability to live, learn, and function in our world.
Mindfulness practices have been shown to have an impact on behavior and also changes in the brain. Bringing attention or mindfulness to what we are thinking, feeling, and sensing helps us respond to the automatic, biological responses that are programmed in our brains. Three parts of the brain are especially important to mindfulness.
These three parts work together in helping us to learn and grow. Things like stress, fear, or trauma can interfere with our success. Mindfulness can help to ease the biological reactions and find new ways to interact in the world.