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The Default Mode Network
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much recent research has been about the            and meditation
increases            wave activity
increases white matter in the brain
it's difficult to know what findings are                        for you or to even understand what these mean
one finding is more meaning:
when people meditate, the                mode network gets less and less active
default mode network
active when we are not            anything in particular
usually when we are not going anything in particular, we are actually doing quite a bit
thinking about                   
                     something in the past
                 about something in the future
this network of brain regions seems to get activated when we are doing these self-                       processing tasks
basically your mind                   
it takes your mind somewhere other than where you are
in a spacial sense
you won't be focused on your immediate environment
in a temporal sense
studies where people whose minds are wandering, when they are interrupted, are usually thinking of something in the          or the future
when you mindfully mediate, e.g. follow the phrase "be          now", the areas of the brain that make up the default mode network becomes               
when you meditate, the default mode network does not always                    quietly, thoughts keep coming up
the thought of an e-mail
something that needs to be done
any                      idea
these thoughts are the develop mode network asserting itself
it's job is to take                    of free time
if you are not engaged in some task that requires           
playing a           
writing a             
looking at someone and                    if they are someone you know
calming down the default mode network is a necessary step to reach a state of                        meditation
there is a second sense in which you have to              self-involvement
a true test of mindfulness would be to think of someone you don't          and see if you can look at the feeling of dislike and not get caught up in it, not let it carry your train of thought away
it's a common                      to carry mindfulness out of the meditation hall into the real world
the attitude of non-                    
one reason this is hard is that life is full of things you do            to
studies indicate that people have no problem assigning                    characteristics to objects, even seemingly                objects such as:
refrigerator, sock, cloud
our minds will actually begin wandering on these concepts connecting them to other thoughts, this is the job of the default network mode
however, the things that occupy our awareness are generally those things that we feel                    strong about
the brain is designed to get us to            on things that matter to us
try to pay attention to things you don't                      pay attention to
you'll find that it is easier to                  these things more calmly
our brain              the world based on what's good for us and what's bad for us
to try to live without this coloring is a practice in living mindfully, to get a critical distance from things that mean much to you
but the                in seeing highly-emotional issues in your life mindfully is that the point is not to look at them at a distance but to look at them up close, but not be affected by them
with the approach that you are just                    them
but not being                  by them
there isn't pleasure be found in non-attachment to things, but an                    of experience
the moment of enjoying a piece of          without looking forward to the next bite
the heightened experience of beauty in the grain of a piece of         
the mind is like water: only when perfectly still will it                its surroundings, sharply and accurately
during mindful meditation, you get a sense that your feelings are not         

Ideas and Concepts:

Via tonight's Buddhism and Modern Psychology course: "Mindfulness meditation, n. a complete, unbiased attention to the current moment"."
Metaphor of the day, via this morning's Buddhism and Modern Psychology class: "The mind is like water:only when perfectly still will it reflect its surroundings, sharply and accurately."
Naturalistic Buddhism
Feelings and Illusions
The First Two Noble Truths
Buddhism as Rebellion Against Natural Selection's Agenda
The Eightfold Path and the Matrix
Mindful Meditation
The Default Mode Network
The Evolution and Purpose of Feelings
Anātman: Buddha's Concept of the Not-Self
The Five Aggregates and the Non-Self
Left Brain, Right Brain, and The Self
Delusions of the Self
What Mental Modules Are Not
The Modular Theory of the Mind
Modular Theory of Mind and the Non-Self
Mind Modularity, Cravings, and Self Control
The Experience of the Not-Self
The Exterior Version of the Non-Self