Change Brain Connectivity for Better Attention and Thinking with Mindfulness

Change Brain Connectivity for Better Attention and Thinking with Mindfulness   By John M. de Castro, Ph.D.   “mindfulness meditation training increases resting state connectivity between top-down executive control regions, highlighting an important mechanism through which it reduces stress levels.” – Daniel Reed   There has accumulated a large amount of research demonstrating that mindfulness has significant […]

Drugs Produce Loss of Self Like Spiritual Awakening

Drugs Produce Loss of Self Like Spiritual Awakening   By John M. de Castro, Ph.D.   “People tripping on psilocybin can experience paranoia or a complete loss of subjective self-identity, known as ego dissolution” – Annamarya Scaccia   Psychedelic substances have been used almost since the beginning of recorded history to alter consciousness and produce […]

Improve Creativity with Mindfulness

Improve Creativity with Mindfulness   By John M. de Castro, Ph.D.   “Mindfulness meditation is a great technique to learn to help improve creativity. There have been studies done specifically to measure the cognitive rigidity of people who meditate and their ability to solve problems in novel ways. The research shows non-meditators had greater cognitive rigidity than […]

Improve Creativity with Mindfulness

Improve Creativity with Mindfulness   By John M. de Castro, Ph.D.   “Mindfulness meditation is a great technique to learn to help improve creativity. There have been studies done specifically to measure the cognitive rigidity of people who meditate and their ability to solve problems in novel ways. The research shows non-meditators had greater cognitive rigidity than […]

Meditation Practice Alters Brain Networks in the Elderly

Meditation Practice Alters Brain Networks in the Elderly   By John M. de Castro, Ph.D.   “A growing body of research supports the immediate benefits of meditation, such as reduced stress and anxiety levels, lower blood pressure, and enhanced happiness. Studies on mindfulness interventions show these effects are common in as few as eight weeks. […]