This blog reports new ideas and work on mind, brain, and behavior - as well as random curious stuff
MINDBLOG WEB LECTURES:
Making our Brains Younger - 15 min lecture to senior group, Feb., 2014
“Are you holding your breath?” - Structures of arousal and calm - Univ. Wisc. Chaos Seminar Series, May 8, 2012
Making Minds - Evolving and Constructing the "I" Univ. Wisc. Evolution Seminar Series, April 28, 2011
Istanbul Cognitive Neuroscience meeting lecture, May, 2010: Who wants to know? - The Nature of our Subjective "I"
INTRODUCTORY WEB LECTURES:
The Beast Within
MindStuff: A guide for the the curious user
Mindstuff - Bonbons for the curious user
MindStuff: a user's guide
Yet another article on benefits of mindfulness meditation in this morning's NYTimes science section.
I found "The Mindful Brain" by Daniel Siegel wildly fascinating. I've always been a skeptic towards mindfulness. I now feel a little bit silly that I needed to have a plausible neurological explanation to believe the statistical evidence of the benefits of mindfulness practice.I haven't made it a habit yet though.
The problem is...there are a lot of unqualified people out there who teach mindfulness meditation, especially therapists who don't actually practice what they preach or do so on occasion. If you look back at the extensive history of Buddhism you see that masters not only taught mindfulness meditation, but the crucial philosophy of non-self as well. And not only did they teach, but were adept at providing the necessary guidance after each session. There's an absence of this in today's world. Unqualified people extricate this teaching from the context in which it was developed without providing the necessary support to make it a fully beneficial practice...and we wonder why mindfulness doesn't work for some people the way it's suppose to.