Rewiring the System


Relaxed Mind


Sure you have heard the words mindfulness and mindful living but what are people talking about? Sitting still in Meditation, is associated and are consistant with decreased activity in the jingle jangle of the sympathetic nervous system. Herbert Benson, is The Father of the Relaxation Response.
Benson is a pioneer in mind/body medicine, one of the first Western physicians to bring spirituality  and healing into medicine. In his 35+ year career, he has defined the relaxation response and continues to lead teaching and research into its efficacy in counteracting the harmful effects of stress.

Steps to Elicit the Relaxation Response

The following is the technique reprinted with permission from Dr. Herbert Benson’s book
The Relaxation Response pages 162-163


1.
Sit quietly in a comfortable position.

2.
Close your eyes.

3.
Deeply relax all your muscles,
beginning at your feet and progressing up to your face.
Keep them relaxed.

4.
Breathe through your nose.
Become aware of your breathing.
As you breathe out, say the word, “one“*,
silently to yourself. For example,
breathe in … out, “one“,- in .. out, “one“, etc.
Breathe easily and naturally.

5.
Continue for 10 to 20 minutes.
You may open your eyes to check the time, but do not use an alarm.
When you finish, sit quietly for several minutes,
at first with your eyes closed and later with your eyes opened.
Do not stand up for a few minutes.

6.
Do not worry about whether you are successful
in achieving a deep level of relaxation.
Maintain a passive attitude and permit relaxation to occur at its own pace.
When distracting thoughts occur,
try to ignore them by not dwelling upon them
and return to repeating “one.”

With practice, the response should come with little effort.
Practice the technique once or twice daily,
but not within two hours after any meal,
since the digestive processes seem to interfere with
the elicitation of the Relaxation Response.

The ganglia  are nosegays of Lotuses, bachelor buttons, peonies, roses, lilies, snapdragons, and forget-me-nots which provide relay points and intermediary connections between different neurological structures in the body.

Base Blossom

From the blossom bundles the nerve wiring thins out from branches to stems, tendrils, dendrites going to the parts of our bodies that works without thinking and the imperceptible diversionary reactive functions that we think are our whole world. Labeled as the peripheral and central nervous systems we march endlessly in the here and now. The little trees branch out projections. Some of the projections use visible branches, we call neurons, from the blossom Ganglions, (from the Greek: δένδρονdéndron, “tree”), to electrically conduct thoughts into an action. It makes the body breath and digest as well as the rainbow of feelings, some are fast, others safe and slow.

Strings, Waves, and Some Oily Stuff

Mindful Of Movement

Research finds that dendrites support the action potentials of thought which release the neurotransmitters. Certain classes of dendrites (i.e. Purkinje cells of cerebellum, cerebral cortex) contain small projections referred to as “appendages” or “spines”. Appendages increase receptive properties of dendrites to isolate signal specificity. Increased neural activity at spines increases their size and conduction which is thought to play a role in learning and memory formation. There are approximately 200,000 spines per cell, each of which serve as a postsynaptic process for individual presynaptic axons. What do you really remember? When you just hang out on the internet most of what you remember is the rethinking of some things that may or may not have actually happened but they are generated and returned to the process.

A few years back in the mid 20th century, science, especially biology, a faced a fast-increasing need to develop a “man-computer symbiosis”, to aid scientists in solving problems. 

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