Friday, June 5, 2009

MRI Study: Meditation on the Brain

                                                  I'm happy with the Monk boys in Bhutan! :)

Meditation on the Brain, by Kelly Enck
The goal of meditation is to connect with the expanded mind, the mind outside the brain. It is a state of being, in which the brain relaxes from thoughts. I am working my way through the Teachings and History of each of the Avatars. Buddha the Enlightened One is next! He lived over 2,500 years ago and his teachings are still spreading wildly across the West through Yoga and meditation. Today I heard that San Francisco has Doggie Yoga Classes (Doga)! I'm sure Buddha is laughing!

That’s me in a Buddhist Temple in Bangkok, Thailand. I invite you on my journey around the world to stand in holy sites.... From Hollywood to God is my memoir on Amazon and Kindle, below is a tiny piece of this great adventure!

How many hours does it take to have a "happy brain"? Only 10,000 hours of meditation and your MRI will significantly lit up in both the right and left prefrontal cortex, the area of the brain that makes you happy....(....so that's why they're laughing all the time!) I only have 9,999 hours left to catch up!…smile. Try this exercise on your brain: Everything that comes to you, "Disagree with, no matter what the thought, both good and bad thoughts, this will relax your mind. It's a hard exercise because the brain thinks it IS, it's thoughts. :) The exercise proves that the brain is separate from the expanded mind. Bruce Hood would say, our brain collects data, and this data make up a SELF, listening to the thoughts in order to organize them. The Brain is more like a librarian.
A brain scan of a monk actively extending compassion shows activity in the medial prefrontal cortex, an area of the brain associated with reward processing. Photo: SPAN Lab, Stanford University
The Monk verse Average Man—  Meditation and the MRI study:
The task was to practice "compassion" meditation, generating a feeling of loving kindness toward all beings. (Study conducted by Richard Davidson, a neuroscientist at the W.M. Keck Laboratory for Functional Brain Imaging and Behavior.) Monk's MRI verses Average Man
In a striking difference between novices mediators and monks, the latter showed a dramatic increase in high-frequency brain activity called gamma waves during compassion meditation. Thought to be the signature of neuronal activity that knits together far-flung brain circuits, gamma waves underlie higher mental activity such as consciousness. The novice mediators "showed a slight increase in gamma activity, but most monks showed extremely large increases of a sort that has never been reported before in the neuroscience literature," says Prof. Davidson, suggesting that mental training can bring the brain to a greater level of consciousness. Using the brain scan called functional magnetic resonance imaging, the scientists pinpointed regions that were active during compassion meditation. In almost every case, the enhanced activity was greater in the monks' brains than the novices'. Activity in the left prefrontal cortex (the seat of positive emotions such as happiness) swamped activity in the right prefrontal (site of negative emotions and anxiety), something never before seen from purely mental activity. A sprawling circuit that switches on at the sight of suffering also showed greater activity in the monks. So did regions responsible for planned movement, as if the monks' brains were itching to go to the aid of those in distress. "It feels like a total readiness to act, to help," recalled Mr. Ricard.

My memoir "From Hollywood to God"  is now on Amazon and Kindle books!

Sneak-A-Peek Below!
My first stop was to The World Sound Healing Conference in San Francisco. I wanted to understand the science of frequencies, especially if everything in the universe was vibrating to their own unique song!

I waited in the large conference room to hear Dr. Susan Yale's lecture on the Harmonic Oscillator.

The room went black and three pyramids projected on a movie screen.


"You can hear the sound of "nature" between the Pyramids of Giza," Dr. Yale said, pausing, "it's a perfect F Sharp."

No one moved. She spoke slowly, "If you knew there was a place in the world where you could hear God, would you go?"

I always wanted to sleep on the Nile!"

~ from my Memoir, (click link—"From Hollywood to God"  Kelly Granite Enck on Amazon books and Kindle.
Giza, Egypt
Hiking through Bhutan

Tiger's Temple, Thailand
River Kwai, Thailand

The Kingdom of Bhutan



Peru
Tiger's Nest Bhutan


Click link— "From Hollywood to God"  to read the reviews!

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