Why Meditate? | Change your Brain's Default Mode

Neuroscience behind why meditation helps you control your mind.

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Someone wiser than me said that “taking on the practice of meditation is not so much adding something to your life, but rather removing things, obstacles to you awareness.”

This is definitely in line with the point of the video. Myself included, (it seems) most of us are constantly trying to find ways to keep ourselves operating at a faster, more productive, more focused pace. Like turning up the volume on the stereo when we want to hear more clearly, we try and will ourselves to focus “harder” as well as amp our brains’ ability to focus by taking stimulants like coffee. The kind of improvement that meditation provides isn’t so much like this- instead, it’s like hearing more clearly by walking into a quieter room.

For me, meditation has turned down the loud mind chatter offering up all kinds of activities that are different from what I’m trying to do in the moment, improving focus in a subtle but effective way.

There are several other health benefits, which are outside the scope of this video, but I don’t much like that meditation is presented as a panacea nowadays. It has vast benefits, and I’m sure anyone would benefit from it, but I like Dan Harris’s non-overpromising remark that it makes him “10% Happier”

Books Mentioned:
“Flow” by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi – http://amzn.to/2ziiOE3
“The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of The Bicameral Mind” by Julian Jaynes – http://amzn.to/2zgSOsC
“10% Happier” by Dan Harris – http://amzn.to/2hAqCHC
“Homo Deus” by Yuval Noah Harari – http://amzn.to/2irbv2F
“Waking Up” by Sam Harris – http://amzn.to/2AgKHui

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49 thoughts on “Why Meditate? | Change your Brain's Default Mode

  1. Psychedelics like psilocybin mushrooms and ayahuasca can also nearly shut down the Default Mode Network in the same way meditation does. It’s not a replacement for meditation but it’s a start.

  2. Meditation has some negatives as well. Some people prone to disassociation are more likely to become disassociated and become almost emotionless. It happened to me

  3. Thank you. This is super helpful to me when I am trying to understand how mindfullness, happiness and the mind, thoughts and emotions in general work, with the goal of making mine and everyone else's lives better.

  4. Tim Gallwey would say you lose your Self 1 in the activity. In his "Inner Game" books he has a 2 selves model of the brain Self 1 is your ego. Self 2 is your consciousness. Well worth the read.

  5. Wow, props on this video. It was incredibly well researched with peer reviewed journals, while being able to summarize those complex journals to a general audience very well, all without being preachy or self-indulgent. Well done!

  6. Please read “the power of now” by eckhart tolle would have saved you so Much research this had been taught in taoism for a long time as well as in Buddhism

    Scientist aren’t really discovering new things they’re only figuring out how it works and then referring to the “things” that they didn’t believe in


  7. There was one time I meditated, and a minute into the act, my brain gave me a funny/wacky thought which made me laugh a lot and ended the session immediately. I was trying to get back to meditating that time after weeks (or months?) of hiatus. Still failing to get back to it but I hope I would meditate daily again soon.

  8. Hate to tell you guys but, this is a load of horse shit that hasn't been reproduced by other institutions. People have strapped their brain in and tried to repeat the same thing with even more information and tools then what these guys used and nobody gained "flow". Either they triggered a sleeper cell without realizing it or they made the whole thing up.

  9. The invention the trans cranial direct current stimulator or a helmet that runs a electrical current through a humans brain and you do know we are all electrical energy beings electricity runs throughout the human body in the brain and in the heart for example from birth to death and also where as the PEOPLE who do meditation for THOUSANDS of years who Tap into this electrical energy source within the human body daily in comparison without a device so you do the math the lazy mans way through inventions are MEDITATION and BREATH CONTROL the natural way just a few minutes a day so be STILL AND KNOW ME as it says in the bible

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