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A Little Patience Goes a Long Way

The VLPFC (ventro lateral prefrontal cortex) controls our braking system and helps us inhibit behavior and exercise self-control. This area is easily exhausted and uses up large amounts of glucose and oxygen to function. SO exercising lots of self-control in…

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Is Turmeric the Door to Enlightenment?

Neuroscience and fMRI's now tell us that insight and higher-order thought processes such as empathy, unity consciousness, and a sense of one-ness all occur in the prefrontal cortex of the brain.  We also know that stress and fear strengthen the…

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Taming the Fear Response

Our Amygdala is the cornerstone of our fight-or-flight and fear response.  It keeps us safe in emergencies, action-oriented in crisis, and powerful when we have little reserves.  It also happens to dominate with use and become our filter for the…

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Your Cranky Mood Could Be Because Your Brain is Bored

Hebb's Law states that neurons that fire together wire together.  This is the basis of neuroplasticity--our ability to rewire our brains, behaviors, moods and thoughts.  This happens when our brains are signaled to pay attention, like when we're learning something…

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Can You See What I’m Saying?

Our ability to accurately read facial expression comes mostly from our prefrontal cortex. When we are stressed we shut down our prefrontal and actually impair our ability to accurately label others' expressions and motivations. So being in "threat" mode predisposes…

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Use Your Illusions for Good!

If you give the prefrontal cortex the "perception" that it has control over your stress response, it will signal all the way back to the amygdala and brain stem and override the primitive brain stress response. Creating visuals and acting…

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Is Your Brain About to Explode?

Our mental, physical, and spiritual self is intimately related to our brain functioning.  Much of what we fuel ourselves with, including our thoughts, can harm or heal this delicate and miraculous command center.  Aspartame, which is structurally similar to glutamate,…

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I am Better than Me!

Reward and status are hardwired into the brain to trigger the limbic system (fight or flight)  in exactly the same way survival threat does. It's no wonder media uses these two concepts to market everything. Here's a tip--if you redefine…

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To Know Another is to Know Thyself

Dr. Daniel Siegel, author of Mindsight, notes that "our awareness of another person's state of mind depends on how well we know our own." (62).  From studying mirror neurons and the insula we now know that we map others' experiences…

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