HOW MINDFULNESS WORKS and VIDEOS for
Siegels 9 functions of the brain - (That benefit from practicing mindfulness)
- Body Regulation - Functions of the body such as heart rate, respiration and digestion that are controlled by the nervous system.
- Attunement - When we attune to others we allow our own internal state to shift, to come to resonate with the inner world of another.
- Emotional Balance - Even the healthiest person may be temporarily thrown off and feel out of balance but the middle pre-frontal region functions to bring us back to equilibrium. The ability to stay focused on the inside when the storms of life are raging on the outside.
- Response Flexibility - This ability to pause before responding is an important part of emotional and social intelligence.
- Empathy - is the capacity to create mindsight images of other people's minds. These you-maps enable us to sense the internal mental stance of another person, not just to attune to their state of mind.
- Self-Knowing - creates mental time travel in which we connect the past to the present and the anticipated future.
- Fear Extinction - After experiencing a frightening event, we may come to feel fear in the face of a similar situation. But the middle prefrontal region has direct connections that pass down into the limbic area and make it possible to inhibit and modulate the firing of the fear-create amygdala.
- Intuition - Can be seen as how the pre-frontal cortex gives us access to the wisdom of the body. This region receives information from throughout the interior of the body, including the viscera (heart, intestines) and uses this input to give us a "heart felt sense" of what to do or a "gut feeling" about the right choice.
- Morality - Moral reasoning seems to require the integrative capacity of the pre-frontal cortex to sense the emotional meaning of present challenges and to override immediate impulses in order to create moral action in response to challenges.