Hello ladies. I’m writing to you on Wondering Wednesday about a study on meditation and the brain that intrigues me. Essentially they came to the conclusion that an open focused non-directive meditation causes more activity in the brain, in the thought and emotional processing area, than does concentration meditation.
Researches out of Norway using brain imaging, discovered the areas in the brain that activate when a subject was doing non-focused meditation were quite active processing thoughts and emotions. This surprised the researchers.
They expected the “work” of concentrating on a specific focus would lead to more activity in the brain, then would no focus. So they concluded that the non-focused state in the brain was the resting state or a “resting network.”
Here’s my hypothesis of what is going on here: Our brains are hardwired to (more…)