Health and Wellness – Brain Patterns and Mindfulness Part One

What does it really mean to be mindful? Being mindful is about being present and noticing reality as it is in each moment as it unfolds. It’s about tuning into reality as it is, as natural state of being.  Unfortunately for most of us, we are rarely in the present moment. We are caught in the concepts of the past or what we want for the future. We are texting on the phone while eating breakfast, not paying attention to your food or perhaps who you are talking with.

Then later in the day, you may have a difficult time remembering what you ate for breakfast!

We are literally daydreaming…Oh sure, you can say that you tasted it, but did you really? Or, you have a conversation with someone while looking at your phone. Or perhaps thinking about what you are going to say when others are talking. You’re simply not paying attention.

This behavior is actually a state of mindlessness. It has often been referred to as the “monkey mind”. If you Google Monkey Mind you will find that it comes from Chinese Xinyuan and Sino-Japanese; a Buddhist term meaning “unsettled; restless; capricious; whimsical; fanciful; inconstant; confused; indecisive; uncontrollable”.

Our minds continuously run non-stop!

Neuro Science and Brain Patterns

Our reality is perceived through a filter that allows us to see only what we have been conditioned to see. If you allow yourself to observe your mind and become a witness to what is happening, you will discover that your mind is running continuous reactive loops over and over. We have become trapped by the neurology of our own brains without even knowing it! Every brain has an incredible unique pattern of neurons and connections. Some are learned over time and some are genetic. Every single one of us is wired differently.

This neural-architecture of our brains tells us who and how we are going to act and react in the world. Every thought we have is the result of a network of billions of brain cells called neurons. Neurons are a specialized cell transmitting nerve impulses; a nerve cell. Unlike other cells in our bodies, neurons do not touch each other but are separated by microscopic spaces called synapses.

A Synapse is a junction between two nerve cells, consisting of a minute gap across which impulses pass by diffusion of a neurotransmitter.

A neurotransmitter is a chemical substance that is released at the end of a nerve fiber by the arrival of a nerve impulse, and, by diffusing across the synapse or junction, causes the transfer of the impulse to another nerve fiber, a muscle fiber, or some other structure.

This is how ”Neural Loops” are created, and is why you do or think the same thing over and over, even if it does not feel good. These neurons communicate across these synapses through the chemical transfers that blast from one cell to another with a bolt of electricity and do this throughout our brain like a crazy pinball machine.

Each neuron sends and receives information to an astonishing 50,000 other neurons that are in a rapid-fire production. When you add it all up it amounts to 100 BILLION neurons X 50,000 connections. WOW!  That is a staggering figure. There are more connections in a single human brain than stars in our galaxy. The result is a complex neural force of networks that form our personality, our identity, and our habits, with every single brain being unique unto itself.

Trillions of neural networks work together to create our creativity, along with new ideas of how we want ourselves to be and how we want to live our lives. They also serve us by keeping us alive and safe as they also recognize the patterns of our every changing environment. What can we do to change our neural pathways (of unwanted habits or beliefs) in our brains? Check in next week for Part Two!

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