365 DAYS OF GRATITUDE – DAY 186: Remember Our Friend, The Amygdala?


The little scaredy-cat, as Dr. Lissa Rankin called the amygdala, is responsible for the effects of stress in our bodies.

So what are we supposed to do with the stress, you will ask.

Life IS stressful, you will say.

And I will respond: life is life. What stresses us out is our uneducated ways of dealing with stress. Uneducated, because the vast majority of us were not educated with respect to understanding life and what we perceive as stress; we were not taught how to quiet our overactive minds and ease the grip of fear in our hearts.

And here’s the truth: most of us continue to ignore the fact that there are ways to learn how to live stress free.

We’ve heard about meditation, but we dismiss it as something out there; something that people with flowers in their hair would do, or the monks in the Himalayas.

How about if Harvard (you know, the actual Harvard University) says that meditation helps?

People taking part in an 8-week program of mindfulness meditation showed results under the MRI that astonished even the most experienced neuroscientists at Harvard University:

“… reductions in stress also were correlated with decreased gray-matter density in the amygdala, which is known to play an important role in anxiety and stress.”

Our little friend the amygdala gets happier and healthier when we meditate.



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