Sunday, May 31, 2009

one step back...

=======March 16 One Step back

Another EEG report

My focusing on trying to increase the size of the waves in the 12-15hz seems to have put me back to the start of my training in reducing the 2-5 waves. Interesting, as I think I also felt better with the lower 2-5, so that seems to be significant. I wanted the elevated 12-15 to see how it affected creativity.

Interesting article in Scientific American, heres a quote from it:
Our research and that of other scientists suggests that the vagus nerve may be a physiological system that supports caretaking and altruism. We have found that activation of the vagus nerve is associated with feelings of compassion and the ethical intuition that humans from different social groups (even adversarial ones) share a common humanity. People who have high vagus nerve activation in a resting state, we have found, are prone to feeling emotions that promote altruism—compassion, gratitude, love, happiness. Arizona State University psychologist Nancy Eisenberg has found that children with elevated vagal tone (high baseline vagus nerve activity) are more cooperative and likely to give. This area of study is the beginning of a fascinating new argument about altruism—that a branch of our nervous system evolved to support such behavior.

And a new science of happiness is finding that these emotions can be readily cultivated in familiar ways, bringing out the good in others and in oneself. Here are some recent empirical examples:

Meditating on a compassionate approach to others shifts resting brain activation to the left hemisphere, a region associated with happiness, and boosts immune functions.

Talking about areas of gratitude, in classrooms, at the dinner table or in the diary, boosts happiness and social well-being and health.

Experiences of reverence in nature or around morally inspiring others improves people’s sense of connection to others and sense of purpose.

Laughing and playing in the face of trauma gives the person perspective upon life’s inevitable difficulties, and improves resilience and adjustment.

Devoting resources to others, rather than indulging a materialist desire, brings about lasting well being.

Anyhoo, I am fascinated by this as I found the 'compassion' meditation was very affective for achieving the elevated 12-15, and reduced 2-5. My goals when I started this were multiple, (reduce stress, increase happiness, focus better, and perhaps achieve some 'aha' experiences. I was not originally considering areas that are part spiritual, but feel that I must accept what I find.

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