Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Nothing is Something...
Attaining that lovely state of nothingness is no less than an ongoing challenge, although finding myself in that quiet place has a transcendent beauty unlike any other experience. However, I experience the challenge far more than its reward. The mind is like the Energizer bunny, going, going, going... a seeming well of perpetual motion. There's no stopping it, but only the chance of stepping back just enough to be the watcher instead of the thinker.
Supporting meditation (and quietness) Lazar et al. (2005) found "that regular practice of meditation may slow the rate of neural degeneration" of cortical thickness. Their findings suggest that watching those soap bubbles support cortical plasticity which, in turn, helps us with cognitive and emotional processing.
Lazar, S. W., Kerr, C. E., Wasserman, R. H., Gray, J. R., Greve, D. N., Treadway, M. T., ...Fischl, B. (2005). Meditation experience is associated with increased cortical thickness. NeuroReport, 16(17), 1893-1897. doi: 10.1097/01.wnr.0000186598.66243.19