Another great article on the neuroscience of the wandering mind and the effects of meditation. In particular it reminds us of the ability of the mind to move from thought to thought like a monkey swings from tree to tree. It goes on further to discuss the default mode network of the brain and the negative effects of rumination. Although with some advantages, if used for creative problem solving, future planning or relief from tedium, rumination can cause emotional disturbance and psychiatric disorders when we dwell on past arguments or fears attached to future endeavours. The art of meditation helps develop the prefrontal cortex that activates attention networks in the brain and nurtures our ability to live in the present. This also has inhibitory effects on the limbic system where emotions are regulated meaning we can maintain emotional perspective more readily. I invite you to read the whole article though as I only touch on its interest.

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