• Rhett Reader

Taking Good Care of Your Prefrontal Cortex Part Three

Updated: Jan 12, 2021

 In my field, mental health, mindfulness meditation is a must for depression, anxiety and addiction recovery. It is also used effectively with people who suffer from chronic pain. It is viewed as an effective way to improve mood, focus and serenity. Latest research with brain imaging, shows how mindfulness practice profoundly changes how areas of the brain communicate with each other. This is great news for those of us that are looking to improve our attitude, mood and thinking. Specifically, the center of the brain called the amygdala, begins to shrink in as little as 8 weeks of daily meditation. In response to the amygdala shrinking, the prefrontal cortex begins to thicken and gain strength. Let me remind you that the prefrontal cortex is the executive functioning part of the brain that is most damaged from addiction. It is responsible for thoughts, decisions, mood regulation and impulse control. Strengthening our prefrontal cortex from mindfulness meditation is what everyone wants. It immediately begins to repair the damages.

     “Wherever You Go, There You Are”, is a great mindfulness meditation book written by Jon Kabat Zin. He is the founder of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and a teacher of mindfulness meditation. He, along with many others, have integrated the age old practice of sitting meditation with the modern approaches to evidence base clinical mental health treatment. Here is a link to his book narrated by him and a lecture on the Youtube channel.

     Four years ago i was blessed to open up our meditation barn at one of our sober living homes. We have several meditation groups a week there that are free and open to anyone that is looking to develop and grow their mindfulness practice. I invite you to join us some evening if you are interested. We offer refuge Recovery and Y12SR, which are both recovery groups and open to anyone. They are deep rooted in mindfulness. Please contact me if you are looking for more information. Also, youtube has many guided mindfulness breathing meditations that are helpful.

     Action: Begin or continue your mindfulness practice daily. Explore the links provided and continue to breath deep and tend to your mind.

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