Neuroscience has proven that the brain’s structure and function can change throughout life.
In this great article Dr. Richard Davidson expressing his point of view about the ways we can discipline our minds, and the fact that our minds are trainable. Simply by looking at our emotions, observing them in our regular meditation practices, we can reduce the power they have over us, especially our strong emotions like Fear, Disgust, and Anger. Therefore we can choose to live happier and healthier, emotionally and physically.
“The role emotions play in our lives has driven my research for 30 years and motivates the search for an answer to why some people seem more resilient than others to life’s slings and arrows. What is it about the resilient group that helps them better overcome adversity?
“To begin to answer this question, we’ve taken a look at how these emotions work in the brain in a laboratory setting with tools such as fMRI scanners. Over time, we’ve not only documented that people indeed have emotional styles and predispositions, but there are also techniques that show great promise in helping adults and children to alter their emotions to improve well-being and decrease suffering.”
Thanks to neuroplasticity, perhaps the most influential idea in the past several decades in neuroscience, we know that the brain’s structure and function can change throughout life, even as adults. It means you can train your brain to better manage which emotions surface when and for how long. So how do you move emotions like anger and sadness to the backseat to make room for more joy and to increase well-being?”
“One way to cultivate joy and to activate this region of the brain involves reflecting on what I’ve called “innate basic goodness”– the human propensity to desire happiness and be free from suffering. All humans share this same basic quality, and we bring this to the fore in all of our interactions. It enables us to respond to those around us in ways that maximize their and, in turn, our own well-being.”
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