The potential for pause is there, and it lives in the prefrontal cortex (PFC). The prefrontal cortex is located at the front of the brain, behind the forehead, and pieces of it fold under, reaching back toward the limbic system. There is a unique communication between these two areas. Structures of the prefrontal cortex correlate to some very different attributes of our human expression and experience than the limbic system. Whereas the limbic system governs basic survival needs, the prefrontal cortex is associated with experiences like compassion, forgiveness, big-picture thinking, delayed gratification, understanding social norms, empathy, problem-solving, expressive language, goal setting, and many other attributes we like to associate with our uniquely human qualities. Although much of the brain is actively involved at all times in the processing of our varied human experiences, these basic generalitits for the limbic system and prefrontal cortex have been discovered. We now know that we can detect more activity like higher usage of glucose and oxygen and increased electrical activity in the PFC during states of higher-order thought processing and experiences of empathy and compassion,just as there’s more activity in the limbic system during heightened states of stress and fear.
Lisa Wimberger is the founder of the Neurosculpting® Institute. She holds a Masters Degree in Education from the University of Stonybrook, NY and a Foundations Certification in NeuroLeadership. She is the author of NEW BELIEFS, NEW BRAIN: Free Yourself from Stress and Fear. Lisa is a neuroplastician running a private healing and psychic practice in Colorado teaching clients who suffer from stress disorders, and she is a faculty member of Kripalu Yoga and Meditation Center, and the Law Enforcement Survival Institute.
Lisa began her meditation practice at age 12. Hit by lightning at age 15, and clinically dead on multiple occasions, Lisa uses her traumatic experience as a vehicle for transformation. Lisa studied Ascension training for four years with Ishaya monks. She completed four years of psychic awareness training, applying the tools of the Berkeley Psychic Institute, and is trained in Autogenic Hypnosis. Lisa is the Founder of the Trance Personnel Consulting Group and Ripple Effect, LLC. She has created and facilitated leadership trainings for executive teams in Fortune 500 companies, the Colorado Department of Health Care and worked individually with international management. She has created and facilitated Emotional Survival programs for Colorado Law Enforcement Agencies and peer counsel groups. Lisa writes for the Elephant Journal and CopsAlive. Additionally, Lisa’s services are sought on a national level by individuals in law enforcement looking to find a new way to navigate through their stress patterns. Lisa is a public speaker, and has addressed audiences ranging from corporate leaders to FBI and Secret Service. Lisa is a member of the National Center for Crisis Management and ILEETA (International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association). Her mission to share practical and powerful stress management techniques to those in need caused Lisa to develop her Neurosculpting® programs combining neuroscience principles with mindfulness and energetic modalities.