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The Brain Pages
The Brain pages will . . .
- Provide you with a basic understanding of how your brain works when it's in balance and when it's out of balance
- Help you understand what keeps your brain from being in balance
- Explain how an unbalanced brain creates stress and suffering in your life
- Show you the power you have to train your brain to bring it back into balance
You might be
tempted to jump in and start learning the techniques right away. And you
can certainly do that, but most people find that knowing what’s
happening in their brain when they use a technique motivates them to
practice, and helps them better understand how to do the technique
properly so that it can be more effective.
Below are brief descriptions of what you’ll find on each of the Brain Pages:
- On the Your Amazing Brain page, we provide several metaphors to give
you a sense of what life can be like when your brain is in balance – an
experience we refer to as living from a core of calm, ease, and
contentment. We also introduce you to a special part of your brain
called the mid-prefrontal cortex, or MPFC. A well-developed MPFC - in
conjunction with your heart brain - is the key to having a well-balanced
brain that can connect you to your core.
- On the Brain Anatomy page, we provide a very basic overview of the
different parts of your brain. This will help you understand more
specifically how these various parts create difficulty and suffering
when they’re in conflict, and create happiness and well-being when
they’re in harmony.
- On the page we call The Core, we describe how through mindful, heartful
attention – which activate your MPFC and heart brain, respectively – you
can balance your brain and body, and experience what we call "the
core". The "core" is an experience of calmness at the center of your
awareness that is potentially available even in the midst of stress and
difficulty. We use the phrase remember to breathe" as a way of
reminding you to step back from whatever you’re involved in to allow
yourself a taste of that core.
- On the Capacities of the MPFC page, you’ll get a more in-depth
understanding of the uniquely human capacities the MPFC makes available –
the capacities which make it possible for you to experience a stable
inner core of calm, ease, and contentment as you navigate your way
through this modern, high-stress, complex world.
- On the Your Heart Brain page we describe the intelligence of your heart.
We explain how by activating your heart brain, you can choose to
generate positive emotions, even when you’re stressed out or
experiencing challenging circumstances. We also describe how the heart
brain and MPFC working together will help you contact and stay connected
to your core.
- On the Brain Integration pages, we define more fully what we mean by
integration – that is, the various ways that the parts of your brain and
heart brain can work together harmoniously to create physical, mental,
and emotional well-being, connect to your core, and ultimately help you
live a balanced and purposeful life. These pages will also help you
understand more specifically how the various techniques you’re learning
will help to integrate your brain.
- On the Train Your Brain pages, we provide an overview of techniques you can use to train your brain, all of which can create
greater happiness and well-being in all areas of your life. We also
present some fascinating research that shows just how much your brain is
capable of change, and how much power you have to change it in a way
that can bring about dramatic changes to your life.