Thursday, May 30, 2013

Meditation - Effortless Awareness

Some good meditation pointers from Judson Brewer's lab in the abstract "Effortless awareness: using real-time neurofeedback to probe correlates of posterior cingulate cortex activity in meditators’ self-report."

Pointers to meditation (posterior cingulate cortex deactivation):

undistracted awareness:
  • concentration
  • observing sensory experience
effortless doing:
  • observing sensory experience
  • not efforting
  • contentment
Pointers away from meditation (posterior cingulate cortex activation):

distracted awareness:
  • distraction
  • interpreting
  • controlling
  • efforting
  • discontentment

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