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“Mind-wandering and mindfulness”

If you haven’t tried mindfulness meditation yet, you must.

Published on January 31, 2012 by Susan L. Smalley, Ph.D. in Look Around and Look Within

If you haven’t tried mindfulness meditation yet, you must.  A new study by scientists at Yale and the University of Oregon just gave us another reason why.

This new study looked at the effects of mindfulness meditation practice on the brain state called the ‘default-mode network’ or DMN.  The DMN has been shown to be important in self-referencing (helping us shape our view of ‘who we are’) and in mind-wandering.  While mind-wandering may be helpful sometimes (it is linked to creativity when you are aware that you are mind-wandering) most of us mind-wander up to 50% of the time, and without any awareness that we are doing so.  This in effect means we are not present with what we are doing for half our lives, instead, our minds are wandering to other sorts of thoughts – worries, ruminations, thoughts of the past or future read more

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