A peek inside Neuroplasicity
Neuroplasticity is the ability of the brain to form and reorganize synaptic connections, especially in response to learning or experience or following injury.
The concept of a changing brain has replaced the formerly held belief that the adult brain was pretty much a physiologically static organ or hard-wired after critical developmental periods in childhood. While it’s true that your brain is much more plastic during the early years and capacity declines with age, plasticity happens all throughout your life.
Laws of neuroplasticity-Dr.Chirag Jain
- The degree of attention is directly proportional to the mental force of a thought.
- Minds like other planets and organism tends to function in automations. It is the level of awareness that enables us to break these automations and make conscious and path breaking decisions.
- The more the brain functions in automations the more are the misery and unhappiness
- The default state of the mind is awareness i.e is happiness….its the inclination and dependence towards the emotions that gave rise to negative emotions in a human
- Cells that wire together fire together
- Cells that fire apart wire apart
- Competitive neuroplasticity is a phenomenon taking place every moment of our life and is a highly underated by our experiences.
- The more the mind believes in the images it forms the more it tends to generate emotions.The lesser its believes the images it forms the more the scope for awareness
- In our pursuit to mix automations with awareness we have developed from creature to rulers of evolution…..in the journey we have migrated from being a part of the creation to the destroyer of creations
- What we act is an act of automation and will strengthen the pathways and is bound to reconnect and restimulate in future in our lifetime.This may be repeated many times which we term it as a habit
- The more we are aware the lesser fuel we give to the already weakened life
- Awareness is a habit difficult to cultivate because of mans greed for social interactions
Mindfulness and Neuroplasticity
“Paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally.” John Kobat Zin
The Neuroplastic changes in the brain are:
First, a “left-shift” has been noted in which the left frontal activity of the brain is enhanced following MBSR training. This electrical change in brain function is thought to reflect the cultivation of an “approach state,” in which we move toward, rather than away from, a challenging external situation or internal mental function such as a thought, feeling, or memory. Naturally, such an approach state can be seen as the neural basis for resilience.
Second, the degree of this left-shift is proportional to the improvement seen in immune function. Our mind not only finds resilience, but our body’s ability to fight infection is improved. At the University of California, Los Angeles, David Cresswell and his colleagues have found that MBSR improves immune function even in those with HIV. Improved immune system function may help explain the increase in healing found in the psoriasis treatment studies with mindful reflection during treatment.
Third, MBSR studies reveal that patients feel an internal sense of stability and clarity. Using a modified version of a general MBSR approach in our own pilot study at the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center, we’ve found that adults and adolescents with attentional problems achieved more executive function improvements (sustaining attention, diminishing distractibility) than are accomplished with medications for this condition. Other researchers (Alan Wallace, Richie Davidson, Amiji Jha) have also found significant improvements in attentional regulation in those who have had mindfulness meditation training, such as enhanced focus as revealed in the reduction of the “attentional blink,” or times when new information is not seen because of prolonged attention on the prior stimulus. Some of these studies have been done during three-month retreats with the primary focus on isolated meditative practice rather than group discussions.
Fourth, researchers in a wide array of mental health situations have found that adding mindfulness as a fundamental part of their treatment strategies has proven to be essential in treating conditions such as obsessive compulsive disorder, borderline personality disorder, and drug addiction, and is also helpful in the prevention of chronically relapsing depression.The ability to develop discernment—to differentiate our unique streams of awareness—may be a crucial step for disentangling our minds from ruminative thoughts, repetitive destructive emotions, and impulsive and addictive behaviors and decrease the noise in the brain.