Using Mindfullness to Break Addictive Habbits

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Meditation and other mindfulness practices have been used for thousands of years to help individuals promote, sustain and regain mental peace. Today’s functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) has helped scientists identify and measure activity in the areas of the brain that meditation helps settle down in real time.

The two areas that meditation settles down are the posterior cingulate cortex (PCC)  and the medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC). In an experimental setting both experienced mediators and novices can be challenged to think of disturbing events and then to engage in mindfulness exercises to see how quickly and how well the subjects could return to baseline activity in these two areas of the brain that facilitate wandering thoughts, alarm, upset, and hyper-vigilance.

Judson Brewer, MD, PhD is a pioneer in measuring and testing this kind of brain activity in the PCC and mPFC. What Dr. Brewer and his team  found is that three forms of meditation Continue reading “Using Mindfullness to Break Addictive Habbits”