Cultivating Emotional Resilience in Educators Book Study
OCTOBER Topic: BEING HERE NOW (develops HUMOR)
Mindful or Mind full?
Neuroscientists have found that our brains can not only change but change quickly. After eight weeks of meditating for 25-30 minutes per day, people who had never meditated before showed measurable changes in the amygdala, limbic region, and prefrontal cortex (Zolli and Healy, 2012).
Amygdala - the ancient part of your brain that responds to danger and activates when you experience fear. A great deal of the time your amygdala overreacts. Following mindfulness training, this part of the brain is less active (Lutz, Slagter, Dunne, and Davidson, 2008).
Hippocampus - critical to learning and memory, it helps regulate the amygdala. With a mediation practice, this part of the brain is more active (Goldin and Gross, 2010).
Prefrontal Cortex - the part of your brain that regulates emotions and behaviors and makes wise decisions. Regular meditation activates this part of the brain (Chiesa and Serretti, 2010).