Two weeks ago I wrote about some tantalizing research coming out of the Society for Neuroscience meeting in San Diego. Brian Dias, a postdoctoral fellow in Kerry Ressler’s lab at Emory University, …
If the 20th century was the century of genetics, the 21st century will be the century of Epigenetics. This recent study and others like it are confirming that stored memories and physiological responses to our environment can actually be passed on to the next generation. In other words, our genetics are shaped and imprinted by our environment at a much faster rate than was believed possible. The very idea that we can pass on stored memories genetically is mind-boggling and raises many scientific questions about how and in what way our genes are environmentally impressionable.
"When a person has a reaction to something in their environment, there’s a 90 second chemical process that happens in the body; after that, any remaining emotional response is just the person choosing to stay in that emotional loop. Something happens in the external world and chemicals are flushed through your body which puts it on full alert. For those chemicals to totally flush out of the body it takes less than 90 seconds.
This means that for 90 seconds you can watch the process happening, you can feel it happening, and then you can watch it go away. After that, if you continue to feel fear, anger, and so on, you need to look at the thoughts that you’re thinking that are re-stimulating the circuitry that is resulting in you having this physiological response over and over again.”
Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor, My Stroke Of Insight
"Let us linger here a while in the foolishness of things."
Happy Thanksgiving from Art of Living Slowly!!!
Calm Mind/Balanced Brain
The brain responds beautifully to exercises that require communication between the left and right hemispheres, known as horizontal integration. This has a calming effect on the brain and nervous system and also increases cognitive functioning and performance when practiced regularly. One of these exercises is writing with your less dominant hand. When you practice writing with your less dominant side you are actually rewiring your brain to perform in a more optimal, focused way and reducing your stress level, 2 birds with one stone! The more you practice this, the greater the effect over time.