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April 20, 2014

Rewire The Brain With Mindfulness

If you've been looking for updated material on Fingertips, I must apologize. Life circumstances have made it so that blogging regularly has been more difficult for me lately than in the past.

You may recall, my 10 year old feline was diagnosed with chronic kidneys disease this past fall. Because of that, my morning routine, in which I used to peruse and blog about health and wellness articles, has changed. My morning routine is now occupied with administering medications, encouraging eating, and, when necessary, trips to the vet for subcutaneous fluids.

Also, at my work, we transitioned to 10 hour work days. Coming home from work in the dark has shortened my evenings and put dinner later, which makes blogging less enticing.

And finally, in January, I began again, a drawing series, which has fed my spiritual side in ways that have yielded surprising benefits to my health and well-being. I recently found a related article about Mindfulness in the journal The Week. According to functional MRIs, brain rewiring takes only 27 minutes a day of mindfulness or meditation. And that restructuring serves to reduce electrical activity and blood flow to the amygdala, the brain center responsible for "fight or flight" emotions. It may not be traditional meditation, but I believe that creating art is having a similar effect on my brain.

Posted by linda at April 20, 2014 2:33 PM

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