Mindful Meditation Powers and the Mind/Body Connection
Mindfulness meditation training can prevent depression and reduce the stress of chronic pain, among many other things. A recent Brown University study proposes a link between body and mind that would explain this extreme upside to meditating.
…Repeated local sensory focus — on a hand, say — develops control over underlying neurophysiological mechanisms that may help manage chronic pain or other problems… …
…In a newly published neurophysiological review, Brown University scientists propose that mindfulness practitioners gain enhanced control over sensory cortical alpha rhythms that help regulate how the brain processes and filters sensations, including pain, and memories such as depressive cognitions.
Extreme Mind-Body Control
This lends even more credence to the practice of Tummo by the Yogis of Tibet, and shown here:
These Yogis practice a form of Yoga and breath work, coupled with strong imagery to raise their skin temperature enough to steam wet blankets. This is profound. They certainly display what looks like a strong mind-body link.
More on the Mindfulness Study
The Brown University study goes on to say:
In effect, what the researchers propose in their paper in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, is that by learning to control their focus on the present somatic moment, mindfulness meditators develop a more sensitive “volume knob” for controlling spatially specific, localized sensory cortical alpha rhythms. Efficient modulation of cortical alpha rhythms in turn enables optimal filtering of sensory information. Meditators learn not only to control what specific body sensations they pay attention to, but also how to regulate attention so that it does not become biased toward negative physical sensations such as chronic pain[…]
Imagine that? Being able to turn off pain? That would benefit many people in the West, especially those who find painkillers and substance abuse to be good remedies. Of course, this takes considerable skill, so pills will always have a place, but imagine learning this skill? What could it do for you in your life?
Would you benefit from a stronger mind-body link?