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The Neuroscience of Mindfulness


Tamara Russell Ph.d




The word mindfulness is increasingly entering our modern lexicon. In fact, it has always been there, but a secular “new variant” has appeared in the last decades. Secular mindfulness has rapidly proliferated as research on modern contemplative practices seems to confirm what the ancient traditions promised.


So when I begin to share any information of this sort, particularly if I'm working with a diverse audience, I find it's helpful to select a mindset when we are moving into new information, when we're moving into maybe different models or kind of widening, stretching the mind and

brain in some way. It can be helpful to select how we're gonna engage with the information and really hold that in our minds and our hearts as we go into these kinds of discussions.

And particularly interdisciplinary discussions. Uh, and particularly if we have expertise in a field. Uh, really important to recognize and acknowledge how helpful it can be to have what I call this green container of intention. Openness and willingness to hear about something different. Uh, and this can help us, particularly if then the things that we are listening to might

be provoking us or triggering us in some way.

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