by John Donnelly…….
Dr. Kelly McGonigal is an award-winning health psychologist teaching at Stanford University. Dr. McGonigal states: “It took evolution millions of years to deliver a prefrontal cortex capable of everything we humans need.” However, once born, is our value, worth and promise enduringly set in stone; before we even get out the gate and have a chance to live our lives?
Is the ‘biological brain organ’ a fixed innate structure, rigidly wired and immutably developed into its full potential at birth? Are we sentenced to a brilliant and alluring, or dull and obtuse existence, simply by the means of our birth? Must we endure millions of additional years in our evolution, before we’re able to awaken to the depth and majesty of the infinite possibilities that are before us?
Dr. McGonigal continues: “Since the dawn of time, or at least since researchers started poking and prodding the human brain, it was assumed that the brain was fixed in structure. Whatever brainpower you had was a done deal, not a work in progress. The only change your brain was going to see was the deterioration of getting old. But over the last decade neuroscientists have discovered that, like an eager student, the brain is remarkably responsive to experience. Ask your brain to do math every day, and it gets better at math. Ask your brain to worry, and it gets better at worrying. Ask your brain to concentrate, and it gets better at concentrating.”
Ask your brain, via the indoctrination and propaganda it has been exposed to and instructed with, as set forth by a society and culture riddled with misrepresentations and skewed narratives, to press forward with new and authentic ideas, answers and solutions to the most troubling concerns of our time, and the potency of such a request can cause ‘brain freeze or failure.’
Unable to analytically reason through the facts based upon an incondite curriculum and incomplete education, along with fraudulent and misleading data, one’s brain is unable to authentically arrive at an accurate and effective response to the problems before it. The brain’s capacity to function effectively will have been disabled and disallowed, by its inability to draw upon the unalterable awareness and consciousness that is available to all via proper instruction, training and technique.
Ask your brain to cover-up wrongdoings, and it gets better at it. Ask your brain to rationalize racism and murder, and it gets better at it. Ask your brain to repeatedly justify corrupt and criminal conduct, and it gets better at it.
The esteemed professor continues: “Not only does your brain find these things easier, but it actually remodels itself based on what you ask it to do. Some parts of the brain grow denser, packing in more gray matter like a muscle bulking up from exercise.”
“Areas of the brain can also grow more connected to each other, so they can share information more quickly.”
As the speed and firings of ‘brain synapses accelerate,’ this greater connectivity between brain regions increases attention and memory.
According to Dr. McGonigal: “Neuroscientists have discovered that when you ask the brain to meditate, it gets better not just at meditating, but as a wide range of self-control skills, including attention, focus, stress management, impulse control and self-awareness. People who meditate regularly aren’t just better at these things. Over time, their brains become finely tuned willpower machines. Regular mediators have more gray matter in the prefrontal cortex, as well as regions of the brain that support self-awareness.”
“It may seem incredible that our brains can reshape themselves so quickly, but meditation increases blood flow to the prefrontal cortex, in much the same way that lifting weights increases blood flow to your muscles. The brain appears to adapt to exercise in the same way that muscles do, getting both bigger and faster in order to get better at what you ask of it. This is the closest we can get to speeding up evolution, and making the most of our brain’s potential.”
Perplexed and disappointed, why would the Monroe County School District prevent its students from participating in a program of Meditation, that provided over $10,000 in scholarships and prizes, on a yearly basis in perpetuity, at absolutely no cost to the taxpayer or district?
I’ve moved on. Brought back to the children and young adults hungering for answers, peace, equality and success.
Regardless of my actions, evidence abounds documenting the dramatic transformations and advanced skill levels acquired by all students provided with a ‘meditation program.’ If the Monroe County School District truly loves and cares for its students, the Superintendent and School Board Members will not let another day go by, without introducing this vital component into the school’s curriculum at every grade level.