Mindfulness and neuroscience

1-) WHAT IS AWARENESS? Awareness does not mean noticing. Awareness; on the contrary, not paying too much attention to what’s going on around may mean not diverting our attention to these places. So is awareness something that can be acquired later? The younger a brain starts awareness, the sooner it can learn. If awareness is an output of our mind and something that can be continuously developed, then there can never be such a thing as “I am” on this journey. In other words, as your brain develops the capacity for self-development and change, awareness can always be taken to the next level. Since awareness is related to our brain, everything that affects our brain affects our level of awareness, the younger we start, the more advantageous we will be. There is an incredible parallel between what we call mindfulness and keeping our minds in the present moment. So to be in the moment is to be in the moment. Mindfulness is about keeping your mind in the moment. It is to allow your mind, heart, and body to be in the moment. Do the activity you want, it doesn’t matter whether you do physical, mental or breathing activity. While doing this, it is mindful exercise if your mind is busy at work, that is, if your mind is busy with experiencing what you are experiencing and feeling what you are feeling at that moment. On the contrary, if you can’t stay in your thoughts while doing yoga in the most expensive yoga hall with the best breathing exercise instructor in the world, if you are taking your thoughts outside of yourself to a time period other than the existing time, it is not mindful exercise. Think of it this way, you’re doing pilates. You are in a pose. You need to focus on your breathing, if our mind is flowing on a journey to the future like “Ugh, I can’t stand this pose, I wonder how many minutes this class will be over”. . In short, we need to understand very well that awareness is related to our mind. Mindful exercise mindful meditation is not about the work you do with your body, but the state of your mind while doing it. Since awareness is about the brain, the sooner we get started, the better. Mindfulness is about being your brain’s time machine.

2-) AWARENESS AND THE BRAIN: As you know, the human brain is our most important being, which makes us who we are, is unique, and is incomparably advanced in any other living thing. Our speech, personality, character, perception of time, perception of reality, wakefulness, sleep, habits, thoughts and behaviors are produced and operated by the brain. When we examine the brain, the first thing that catches the eye is that we have regions that are made up of millions of cells that are exactly the same, divided into regions, and each region assumes its own way. There’s a split about speaking separately about vision, there’s a split about thinking, there’s a split about memory, there’s a split about feelings and emotions, there’s a split about feelings and emotions, all of which are in separate compartments. When viewed from the outside, it is a single organ, but when we examine it, it has different regions when you look at it with anatomical, pathological or brain MRI. And as each region does the part it undertakes, it develops and becomes atrophied unless it does. This could mean: The visual center of a person who is born blind may not be as developed as ours. Or, the thinking ability of a person who reads a lot of books develops. In other words, our brain consists of many regions, not a single organ, and the abilities of these regions are not fixed. Moreover, these compartments form interconnected systems of maps. For example; When we are awake, the compartments of our brain are essentially the same. It’s the same when we’re asleep. In other words, my visual center is also present when I am asleep. Only the communication systems of these centers with each other are different. When we are awake, the system works, but when we are asleep, the system works differently.

DEFOUIT MODE ( ORDINARY MODE)= It is a mod responsible for autopilot. Once you learn to walk on the road, you don’t pay attention any more. After you learn to ride the bike, you use it without paying attention. While reading the book, you might say, “What did I just read”? You don’t even understand what you’re reading because you’re reading on autopilot. 80% indicates you’re here for the day. The brain in this mode becomes much more selfish. It is a very fast site. It responds very quickly to impacts. It is very emotional. He likes to question the past. Now you understand why we all go more to our own emotional moments when we think about our own past. We cannot question this system. It was necessary for our survival. When this system works too much unnecessarily, issues such as anxiety, anxiety, depression, stress, impulsiveness, anger, lack of attention, distraction, not learning something, changing behavior are caused by overworking of this side. There is also a completely opposite system to this system.

TASK POSITIVE MODE: This system works at 20%. He likes to stay in the moment. It is a utilitarian mod. It is arithmetic and rational. It is open to innovation. On the basis of mindfulness trainings, people can turn their minds into Task Positive Mode, which works up to 80% by doing mindful meditation, mindful mind exercises, changing the way I eat and eating, improving sleep quality, doing some sports regularly, keeping themselves and their minds at the same time. If the two systems are compared with each other, it will be very easy to see that. Because, in fact, by focusing on the breath, staying in the moment and eating healthy, you are reducing one working part of your brain and developing another working part. By looking at the differences, we can understand how important it is in our lives. So we can become extremely utilitarian people. Rather than being in the same painfully depressed mood all the time, we open ourselves up to innovation. Instead of constantly regretting the past, we can enjoy living in the present. In other words, awareness has the potential to take us out of the old system and put us in the new system.

3-) BRAIN AND MOMENT: If we want to keep our minds at the moment, the first thing we will notice is 1-) IT WILL BE DIFFICULT AT FIRST. The lousy mod works all the time. The world we live in pushes us to be animals all the time. That’s why we don’t need Task mod, which makes people human, and our brain is prone to this side because we use the lousy mode all the time. That’s why we know that the most important principle of staying in the moment will be difficult, but you will continue to do it. The moment you feel our mind drifting from right to left each time, you will bring your mind back here. In other words, just as we learned to walk by crawling, we will learn and improve by not being able to stay in the moment. The main event is to realize that we have gone from the task positive system to the lousy mode and get locked in the main again. From here, Nero Plasticity, which modern neuroscience has added to us; Our brain is constantly evolving through what we do. 2-) IT WILL GET EASIER WITH TIME. If we compare our brain to a muscle, the exercises at first go from light to heavy. When we exercise, our bodies take shape very easily, right? We will exercise our brains like him and do it again. Especially, as soon as we get up in the morning and if we keep our minds fixed by choosing any method for 10 minutes before going to bed, it will be much easier to do this after a certain time. Buddha is a sports exercise that we apply to our brain. In summary, no matter what you are doing at that moment, no matter what breath you take, whether your eyes are open or closed, do pilates or yoga, read a book or play a game, if your mind stays in the moment while doing what you are doing, this is a mindful exercise. And after a certain repetition and a certain period of time, this exercise causes the volume of blood and cells in that region to gradually decrease and a change in the residual structure, which our brain puts in a lousy mode. On the contrary, the place where human-like faculties such as logic, comparison, planning, benevolence, and thinking of others, called system 2, which makes man human, begin to draw more blood and grow larger. And we learned that the most important thing of mindful exercise is to stay in the moment and to re-do the most important friend around him, not just one day again, but as many repetitions as we can do. In order to stay in the moment, we can use one of our senses and one breath, or you can actually use it while doing a sport or singing a song. Our brain likes to use my Task mode at some times of the day and to continue this decision throughout the day. It has proven that if it’s the first thing we do as soon as we get up in the morning, we’re still more inclined to use the conscious parts of our brain, even at noon. So when should I do it? If we do it as soon as we get up in the morning, it will continue to do it in the back of our brain. The other time period is just before going to bed. If we do this 10 minutes before going to bed, it can be said that he makes you do awareness exercises in your sleep as if you have chosen a PT for yourself. 3-) THANK 5 PEOPLE. Another of the awareness exercises is a game that can be lifted with Task positive to stay in the moment. If you close your eyes and thank 5 different people, you can stay in Task positive mode longer. Maybe at first you may have a hard time focusing on your breath while doing yoga. Even in a short time, when you close your eyes and thank 5 people in your life, you are directed from lousy mode to task mode, perhaps fraudulently. Thanks to 5 people, we know that modern science is now directed towards neuroscience. 4-) THE FIRST 3 MINUTES ARE IMPORTANT WHEN YOU MAKE A CHANGE. The first 3 minutes are important when we enter a new place, whether on the way from our home to work, from work to sports or from any outdoor place to our home. It is a place where he tries to decide whether to live my life in the lousy mode or the Task positive mode. That’s why, when you first go to the workplace, you can spend the whole time we spend at work much more productively, by staying in the moment and focusing on the work itself while you are cleaning the table. Or the main genius conversations like “How are you, my child, how do you feel” instead of telling your child about the bad events you experienced in your workplace as soon as you get home when you get home, or asking your child to account for how school went. It is useful to change information and communication. 5-) You have a job at the government office and you wait in line in front of the civil servant. The fact that you are showing goodwill towards the officer you are going to talk to, rather than saying “wow, they make money from where they sit” is proof that your brain is switching from Dumb mode to Task positive mode. In other words, if you are going to communicate with people you do not know at all, you do not need to share it with anyone in the first 2 seconds. Making displays of goodwill from the inside opens up the structure of an conscious mind.

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