You’ve Got Brains!

How Your Brain Works
Never mind what I am actually saying here: just reading this will change your brain! This is not brainwashing: brains just do this! While you are reading these words, your brain is shaping  thoughts and images. You remember and associate what I’m saying with your experiences. Creative business concept  group of color speech balloons with questions isolated on white background
You’re forming new networks of ideas which are encoded in your brain’s circuitry. Right now!


Clear strategic solution for business leadership with a straight path to success choosing the right strategy path with yellow traffic signs cutting through a maze of tangled roads and highways.

There are many important processes of the brain that we can explore, each intricately connected to the others. We’ll stick to the three that are most commonly measured.
The first is Attention, the important gateway to many functions of the brain.
Attention is the coordinator of brain networks involving things like sensation, movement, emotions, and thinking. It is an extremely important part of our capacity for meditation, and therefore of ease and relaxation and a deeper level of consciousness in our everyday lives.
Our lives are filled with distractions and sensory overload, which makes it a real challenge to hold our attention steady on anything at all. But by focusing on one thing, as in meditation, getting in touch with the still yet dynamic center of all this competing stimuli, we can regain our personal experience of Life Itself. The practice of meditation offers simple techniques that lay the groundwork for this delicious connection to Spirit, in spite of what may feel like complete helplessness in the face of frenzy.

Further processes of the brain are only arbitrarily separated from Attention, and have far more scope than what we ordinarily think of as brain function.

Young business person working with a notebook

The second process of the brain is general memory. When we exercise our general memory, we activate and maintain widely scattered circuits throughout the brain. We might think of these circuits as being divided into three categories. The first is sub-personal (like sub-conscious and, in Jungian terms, the Collective Unconscious). The second is personal (ordinary,day-to-day memory and awareness), and the third is transpersonal     (the memory and awareness that happens “beyond our skin”).

The third process is a special kind of memory: working memory. This is often considered the most important mental operation carried out by the adult human brain. We use our working memory when we simultaneously keep multiple things “in mind” and mentally manipulate them. This is often equated with “ordinary reality”, but is activated in deeper states of awareness as well.

The act of attention and memory facilitates the formation, activation, and retention of circuits that contribute to the brain’s optimal functioning. In a way, we are the sum total all of our memories and attentions. Memory, both general and working, is a natural extension of attention and learning. All can be springboards to higher levels of function and awareness.

Properly done, the process of meditation can utilize all of these functions of the mind. When you meditate, your brain does not turn off. Rather, it becomes interested and curious. The mind doesn’t become “quiet”, it becomes “still” as it comes to be absorbed in a new level of the Source of all things, of Life Itself. The changes that happen in the brain during meditation create new, permanent pathways that inform your life, giving you resource and enhancing your personal power and freedom.